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Old 29 March 2016, 09:50   #31
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Cracking idea there Gurnard using the fixings on the deck - sikaflexed down.
At this rate you will have cross bred Frib and Seago puppy known as a Frea-go

I've been swotting up on a potential replacement for my Honwave over the weekend.
The Highfield 380 and Rib Eye TS400 are leading the field.
Both are - give or take a couple of KGS identical in bulk to my Honwave.

The one thing that I did ponder was how I would lash my camping gear etc to the concave deck - I do like the flat padded sib floor.

I think your idea may have hit the nail on the head.
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Old 29 March 2016, 11:06   #32
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You are making a good choice Kaman ..just convince the wifie..and go for it.


Ok..I have bored you all with my new toy ..showing you all the individual bits n bobs that make an F-Rib into the Guppy. I will tweak a few things once I have an adventure or two on her..but nothing major. So she is in her complete state ..ready for the sea.

Initially I will use my 3.3Hp outboard for power..weight 10kg.. I can lift it with one finger. Transom Dolly..stowed on the rear floor ..will be secured with the fixtures once the Sikaflex cures in a few days



Plenty of room in the cockpit for my happy ass.. I can fish from it too..as long as I am not targeting the big congers. Duck Floor bilge can be a bait well if I want. I have to paint the top of my boat box guppy grey..so all is colour coordinated. Then I will fix the compass and fishfinder to the lid. Battery for air pump and fishfinder will be housed in the box..along with the rest of my gear.



An overall rear view of the Guppy...



And finally..the front view



I loved my Seago to bits..but there is no way she could compare or compete with the Guppy ..which is now a very capable boat..well suited for my needs.

She is not a SIB.. she is not a RIB .. but she is a true boat in a suitcase ..and Im willing to bet that with her smooth hull..will go faster than a Bat out of hell..with a 15HP on her transom.

Thanks for reading my drivel ..and I hope you found it interesting. I will leave you all in peace now..until I post about her maiden voyage. I will leave the paint work to settle for a day..and perhaps find time on Thursday for her baptism..weather dependent.

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I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
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Old 29 March 2016, 12:15   #33
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Really enjoying reading this thread. Look forward to reading more after your baptism on Thursday ( weather permitting ). Enjoy your new boat.
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Old 29 March 2016, 12:33   #34
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Looking forward to the trial report gurnard all good info for potential buyers.
Out of interest did you abraid the surface before sticking with sikaflex?.

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Looking forward to the trial report gurnard all good info for potential buyers.

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Old 29 March 2016, 14:43   #36
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There's a video on YouTube of an frib fully deflated on the plane certantly get you home with all your kit nailed down.
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Old 30 March 2016, 09:04   #37
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Quite impressive... just 7 days from delivery to a fully featured expedition craft!

I do hope you manage to get out tomorrow Gurnard. Of course things can change rapidly but in our favoured west coast holiday location tomorrow is due to be dry, mostly sunny with light winds.
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Old 31 March 2016, 12:15   #38
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I name this puppy
The Guppy
May God bless her
And all who mess in her




Take one Guppy .. at 36kg weight
Take one Gurnard . at 88kg weight
Take one 3.3Hp Mariner ..at 10kg weight



And what do you get ?

11 M.P.H of course.. its easy to calculate ..when you have an F-Rib 275





I will write today’s adventure in due course .. and put it in a new thread called

“A Guppy in the ‘Goil”

Read it at your peril .. as you may never want an inflatable bag in your car boot again..when you can have a boat in a box there instead
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So Gurnard, any risk that the quicksilver will be relegated by this?
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Wow..no way Poly..the Quicksilver is my open sea crossing boat.

The Guppy is far too wee for that..however..as she was a doddle to trundle down Lochgoilhead ramp.. and unbelievable speed with the 3.3Hp. I also went 20 miles in her today..and used 4 litres of go juice ..that the beauty of wee outboards



My hardshell Vin Rouge at 158kg was a brute on that ramp.. she is gone.. she only managed 6 MPH..but has a displacement hull..so no surprise there. 4HP was her power plant



And so is the wee Seago Slat floor ..also shown on Loch Goil..she only managed displacement speed too...with same 3.3 Mariner ..she is in the bin



The guppy for sea lochs and inshore coastal work only.. although I will happily do Gigha and the Summer Isles in her too. I have yet to test her in a chop.
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