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Old 23 June 2014, 17:06   #11
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Flushing.

You have two methods... A house connected to the water intake either with a direct fitting or muffs or a big bucket like a wheely bin.

Either may be hard if you have no garden or drive. So ideally your slip has water...

You run the engine on clean water for a decent chunk of time.
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Old 23 June 2014, 17:07   #12
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River smell. Wash down. But to be fair it's not the Tyne that's the issue it's the wet...
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Old 23 June 2014, 17:12   #13
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Smaller boat outside the Peirs? No experience in a SIB out there. Would need the right conditions. But you might not know they are wrong till you are there...

PowerBoat 2 course would be worth doing..
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Old 23 June 2014, 17:18   #14
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Re: the smell/wet - OK, if it mainly gets used in decent conditions then once it's out of the water and in the sun it should dry off with a bit of help with a towel. Maybe I could reinflate it in the spare room, dry it off properly then pack it again - maybe use some sort of MucOff spray or something, as long as it's not something that'll affect the tubes/glue etc.

About the engine - I know nothing of marine engines, I need to start at the beginning. They are water cooled, presumably - so is it sea water that needs to be flushed out?

Don't understand the "run the engine on clean water for a decent chunk of time" - what am I missing here, because I woud have thought the petrochemical industry might be a bit worried reading that..!
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Old 23 June 2014, 17:21   #15
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Where you thinking of launching?

You any experience outside the Tyne piers... You are kind of in the north sea... If the wind direction is wrong it can be 'interesting'

6kt speed limit on the Tyne...
might be better off launching at Whitley bay or Cullercoats as going through the tyne piers into open water can be 'interesting' as shineyshoe says

the piers are almost a mile long so you are quite a way out in the north sea or a small boat

there are two fast watercraft areas upriver above Newcastle one at derwenthaugh and the other at newburn/ryton where you can explore the river in reasonable safety about 3 hours either side of high water

probably a safer bet if your new to boating
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Anything is possible and chapeau for anyone keen to get on the water but a boat, engine and all the associated gear up two flights of stairs and stored in a flat?? Seriously, I think you'd make a maiden voyage with it and never ever again.

I find it enough of a PITA sometimes and my SIB stays inflated all season in the garage next to the Landy with the fuel, engine etc all ready to go and five miles from the sea.

If, you really, really want to go for it then I think a 2.7m air deck and 6 hp is where I'd think the absolute maximum set up is given your very limiting circumstances. And sticking to rivers, harbours etc.

Check the guides on this site and the search facility for everything you need to know regarding gear, engines etc.
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Anything is possible and chapeau for anyone keen to get on the water but a boat, engine and all the associated gear up two flights of stairs and stored in a flat?? Seriously, I think you'd make a maiden voyage with it and never ever again.
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Beamishken, maybe Sunderland would be a better bet - I don't like the sound of those piers at Tynemounth at all. However, those stretches of the Tyne upstream sound pretty interesting and considerably safer than Tynemounth - will look into that, thanks.

Thanks for the advice Max, not really what I wanted to hear but I need to be told these things - if I don't get grounded occasionally I start to think about things like seeing if a small tent and a mountain bike with the wheels off would fit in a SIB for a mini tour of a couple of coastal campsites, or something
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About the engine - I know nothing of marine engines, I need to start at the beginning. They are water cooled, presumably - so is it sea water that needs to be flushed out?

Don't understand the "run the engine on clean water for a decent chunk of time" - what am I missing here, because I woud have thought the petrochemical industry might be a bit worried reading that..!
If the petrochemical industry is worried then this entire forum would be having a field day. Half the posters on here account for the carbon emissions of a small third world country!

I meant run it (on petrol) with either water running through it or it running in a water barrel. The water in the engine is normally sucked from the sea by a little water wheel (impeller) so you need to replace the salty water with fresh water so that when it dries out the salt doesn't crystallise and block the water flow. The impellor means you can't just squirt water in without running the engine. Running engine needs running water through it to stop you frying the internals...
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Thanks for the clarification, Shiny - you clearly underestimated just how little I know... (as recommended I've got a lot of searching to do)
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