maiden voyage today
hi, after all the advice on here I bought a Zodiac Activ V 340 + yam 15hp 2 stroke.
Today was my first day out so I drove down the slip, a concert is on tonight so it was all closed & the Police were towing cars away. Dam, oh, I have the transom wheels so I parked 100 yards away, pumped her up with the Aldi 4.99 special. 90% there just the manual pump to get the pressure correct.
Walked down the slip with the new toy, ever so easy this walking launch thing. Rowed 50 yards & started her up, first time starter, gosh!
2 hours along coast to next marina for coffee & brandy (3e bargain). Nice to be out of the sun. Quick break then back again, bit of snorkelling, ate my sarnies & drank a few beers. Tried with & without the trim tabs, a bit better with but fiddly to fit when you are in the boat.
So, 4 hours, c 40 miles, 14 litres of fuel (can you believe it) & smiles all round.
Thanks to everyone who suggested the above setup, it really is good, stable & the wheels are a must. I reckon on 30 mins tops frm car to water & that includes a 5 min walk, 10 mins packing up at the end. Hope the piccy gets uploaded.