Finally got the new boat and engine out on the water today
Firstly, I so need to pratice my reversing with the trailer!! With the boat on it I can see where it is going and can more or less get it to go where I want. With the boat off the trailer, I lose sight and by the time I get to see where it has gone to I have to pull forward and try again and again and again......
I suppose practice will eventually make perfect. Any suggestions to make the trailer more visible behind the truck (Navara)?
Once in the water, I successfully managed to graunch the skeg on the gravel bottom
thought it was deeper than it was, so paint is on order.
First start of the engine took a good number of pulls to get the fuel through, but it finally burst in to life and sounded lovely.
Cast off and set off up langstone harbour at sub half throttle as per the running in schedule, but still the boat and engine felt really lively and wanting to take off.
The local RNLI rib shot past us at one point, no 10 knot limit for them!
Unfortunately, the wind got up rather a lot and caused a nasty chop, so we came back in after not quite an hour, rather damp, but with big grins.
Getting the trailer back to the boat again caused much gnashing of teeth, eventually I gave up and wheeled it down by hand then moved the truck down and reunited both! The boat easily slipped back onto the trailer, far easier than I thought it was going to be. Lashed it all down etc and drove back home.
Looking forward to getting the engine run in and being able to open up the throttle.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the first outing (me and my wife) and will weather willing, we intend to have another go tomorrow