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Old 05 June 2011, 14:59   #1
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First sea trip fiasco , or teething problems ?

Well!! I got to the beach at brean sands an hour before high tide ,, the beach was almost empty all but a couple of cars , set up my boat in tyhe usual way with an airbed pump running off my vans 240v inverter, it only took 15 minutes,,
I waited a while for the tide to come closer and started pulling the boat tward it .
Once in the sea and upto my waste i lifted the wheels and hopped on to start the motor and she started first time , but as soon i i chucked it into forward gear id got swept back to beach again and again , (it waas also a very windy day) after trying for half an hour to get out i gave in ,, i could not get forward enough to get weight onto the front and just kept getting washed ashore ,
Now for my first time at sea i found this very disheartening and damned hard work, i ached like a biatch the next day i can tell you .
As i said there was the odd person here and there and im sure i provided a lot of entertainment , so here i am feeling daft as a brush and a little wounded , i caught the flu too as i took as much water on as the boat .
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Old 05 June 2011, 15:08   #2
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Well!! I got to the beach at brean sands an hour before high tide ,, the beach was almost empty all but a couple of cars , set up my boat in tyhe usual way with an airbed pump running off my vans 240v inverter, it only took 15 minutes,,
I waited a while for the tide to come closer and started pulling the boat tward it .
Once in the sea and upto my waste i lifted the wheels and hopped on to start the motor and she started first time , but as soon i i chucked it into forward gear id got swept back to beach again and again , (it waas also a very windy day) after trying for half an hour to get out i gave in ,, i could not get forward enough to get weight onto the front and just kept getting washed ashore ,
Now for my first time at sea i found this very disheartening and damned hard work, i ached like a biatch the next day i can tell you .
As i said there was the odd person here and there and im sure i provided a lot of entertainment , so here i am feeling daft as a brush and a little wounded , i caught the flu too as i took as much water on as the boat .
Others will question your decision to go out in the weather you describe - I wasn't there so won't judge.

However, if the lowered wheels are below the prop, as in my sib, I am quite happy to keep the wheels down until well under way. Obviously they drag a lot, but they add to your launching options.

I have just bought a 30l fuel tank to keep the nose down at when its just me. This is for an 8hp engine!
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Old 05 June 2011, 15:14   #3
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Others will question your decision to go out in the weather you describe - I wasn't there so won't judge.

However, if the lowered wheels are below the prop, as in my sib, I am quite happy to keep the wheels down until well under way. Obviously they drag a lot, but they add to your launching options.

I have just bought a 30l fuel tank to keep the nose down at when its just me. This is for an 8hp engine!
Cheers mate.. the beach warden said i would be ok to launch, i did get local knowledge as i was advised on here ,, so i tried and failed ,, i had all my gear up front too ,, no way could i keep the front down , next time (if there is one ,, maybe not ) i`ll leave the launch wheels down longer .
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Old 05 June 2011, 15:19   #4
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hi Timo...
every bad boat experience I have had so far has involved a beach and a swell.
I filled my SR4 to the tube tops on the beach at Bigbury on sea trying to get ashore, I have been well and truly soaked trying to launch from several beaches when I had the Honwave. Unless there are a few of you to help, you could end up with the SIB sideways on top of you. I dont know if you have the possibility to launch somewhere sheltered, but its a much more rewarding start to the boating day getting afloat without being tired, cold and soaked before you even get anywhere. Beach launching in even moderate swell usually requires three people.
Take it easier on yourself and drop it in somewhere sheltered.
Not surprised you had a difficult day considering, don't be down-hearted, just try for something a little easier.
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Old 05 June 2011, 15:26   #5
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Cheers for that M/R
I`m not sure there was anywhere in that area more sheltered TBH . we were there for the week anyway with our caravan,, sadly i spent 3 days in bed with a bout of flu after that sh1tty day
But i still had a brill time a couple of weeks ago on the river Avon in gloucester might just stay with the river,,, seems a waste of 40 hosse`s though
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Hi Timo

Looks like some experience gained that day.

I would echo what others have said - if you can find somewhere sheltered to launch - even if it's a couple of miles from where you want to be it's worth the extra trek and expense of a slipway fee if it means you have a day boating rather than a bout of flu.

I stay away from beaches. The boat always ends up full of water and bounced around sideways even if it doesn't look rough.

Keep at it.

In answer to your title - I'll go for "teething trouble" :-)
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So with 40 horses you couldn't get enough oomph to get away from the beach? that seems surprising unless it was really bad. When you say you couldn't your weight far enough forward - was this worse than in "shelter". In my experience if you suddenly can't get the bow down when before you could it is one of two things (or both). (i) the boat is full of water (so when you accelerate it all shoots to the stern) or (ii) the engine is not fully down/trimmed right (I guess you may have been in "shallow drive" if you were on the beach?).
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So with 40 horses you couldn't get enough oomph to get away from the beach? that seems surprising unless it was really bad. When you say you couldn't your weight far enough forward - was this worse than in "shelter". In my experience if you suddenly can't get the bow down when before you could it is one of two things (or both). (i) the boat is full of water (so when you accelerate it all shoots to the stern) or (ii) the engine is not fully down/trimmed right (I guess you may have been in "shallow drive" if you were on the beach?).
Hi, thats what i couldnt get either , the motor was trimmed right in , each wave that came at me almost made the boat seem almost vertical . i was only using the revs at the other side of the wave , the boat wasnt full of water at this stage if any there at all , perhaps as been mentioned, i may have done a bit better with help,
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Hi, thats what i couldnt get either , the motor was trimmed right in , each wave that came at me almost made the boat seem almost vertical . i was only using the revs at the other side of the wave , the boat wasnt full of water at this stage if any there at all , perhaps as been mentioned, i may have done a bit better with help,
so you couldnt get out to try reversing in the waves was it very windy daniel
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so you couldnt get out to try reversing in the waves was it very windy daniel
I remember you... lol you commented on another thread of mine ,, NOT to try reversing into the waves because i will end up having a salty bath
i DIDNT REVERSE INTO THE SEA It was quite windy Daniel
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