I thought I should give a wee update to this thread ..although it could now be called second impressions.
I mentioned earlier that I couldn’t fold the F Rib as small as the advertised dimensions..and to add an inch or two to those sizes. I will correct that because now I have the knack of folding the tubes.. and its very easy to meet advertised dimensions ..without sucking all the air out with a pump either.
I also got myself a brand new 6hp Yamaha four stroke for the Guppy. .. Yamaha are doing a cash back offer until end of april..so I got £100 off RRP.
Today ..I took her to Loch Sween..to run the outboard in. The Guppy loaded with all my gear..and myself.. below are the results. Top speed 16.7mph ..from my android phone and the gpx track report. Once the engine loosens ..im sure it will do 17mph. I cruised most the way .. at just over half throttle doing 13 mph.
However..not only is the speed amazing for a 6hp engine.. but it used a touch less than 5 litres of fuel to cover the 25.6 miles. I was a bit sorry I didn’t carry enough fuel to go round Jura today ..conditions were perfect and the Corryvrechan would have been sleeping.
Just look at that lovely clean wake..no inefficient energy used spouting water everywhere.
Hey... The engine can be carried in on hand at 27kg too.
Im loving this wee boat..in the past 30 days..I have been full day boating for 7 of those days.. because it is so compact and handy to carry in the car .. I can just go on impulse.
Im playing “Sailing” by Rod Stewart ..on the keyboards at the mo too