Finally managed to launch the Bombard 380 Aerotech today.
Unfortunately it was only a short ride.
Between setting up this morning and me and Ballast dragging it down to the beach, the wind picked up and came onshore. Along with a horrible foot and a half short period swell it made launching off the trolly a rather damp and embarrassing affair. Why do you always get a crowd watching wen it isn't going quite right?
Anyway after climbing aboard and getting away from the beach I opened up the Mercury and we where off and planing. The Bombard ride was totally different from the Zodiac, cutting through the chop with hardly a splash, whereas the Zodiac would have been slapping it and soaking us.
After about half a mile straight off, I turned the boat, it looked like there was more white water on the beach and the wind seemed to be freshening even more, so I decided to head straight back in.
Landing was much more professional, because no one was looking. Straight onto the beach, cut engine, hop out and grab the trolly. Back on Terra firma in a few minutes.
Anyway I like the Bombard so much, Ive ordered a set of launch wheels and am considering putting row locks on.
Roll on summer.