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Old 01 September 2019, 11:02   #1
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Newbie start guide (journey / diary) to inflatable boats

Geezers/Geezerettes, I thought I'd document my beginners journey into the deep blue, sorry if some points have been covered or appear obvious to the seasoned veterans.

I thought this may come in use to other guys starting out or at least provide a little entertainment to those already in...

It'd be great community spirit if folks could chime in with the who/what/where/how below...

About Me:
Age - Southside of 40 (And yes you are right, I do look good for it - getting younger, thinner and less grey everyday. Thanks for asking.)
Location - Stansted, Essex, UK
Occupation - (pre beer explanation) High end residential audio visual engineer (post beer explanation) I mess about with wires and that...
Lifestyle - Wifed & owner of two squids - Aged 9 & 7. Both are boys, both love the water. No unicorns here.
Genralisation - Happy go lucky, lover of the good times.

About Boat:
Boat - Vintage 1988 avon typhoon 3.4m
Motor - 2001 Mercury 15hp 4stroke

Trials & Tribulations of getting on the water
...coming soon
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Old 01 September 2019, 11:02   #2
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So, started to think family etc. New boat is what I need seeing as they will be in it some day if I get good at this.

ERROR. Buy a used one. Think first car & how that ended... Same same...

Enter the the used Avon. At the time I had no idea how well recommended these blow ups were.
Yes mine is an older model, but so was my first car.

For the moment, it'll do. I'm using this to see if I(/we) like driving, before dropping a few grand on the audi.
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Old 01 September 2019, 11:03   #3
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Powerplant

Got lucky on ebay, your mileage may vary.

Unpredicted, but a great win.
4 stroke Mariner 15hp. Perfect for dropping me in the drink.

To all the nay-sayers, i've gone 4 stroke as I may be going river/canals for a while until the L plates are off and don't want to annoy the barge owners to much with the pup pup pup of a 2 stroke.

This may change in the future when experience allows a trip to the big blue!
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Old 08 September 2019, 12:22   #4
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Righty-oh

Maiden voyage with the second hand gear planned for early doors next weekend.

If only everything was tip top..

Bear in mind Iím a working guy out at 6am and not back until 7pm, 2 kids, time is precious to say the least!

So far,

two iffy leaks spotted & repaired using squidgy dish soap method - glue is still drying
new launch wheels fitted, then refitted after old transom holes have been schmooded up with black marine squirt. Drying time is a real problem...
vintage motor picked up
wooden winter storage mount built and motor dropped on (defo need a chopsaw to build your own)
new tank acquired
new tank filled up with fun juice (£16)
new fuel hose fits vintage motor
⛔️ new fuel hose does NOT fit new fuel tank. Fuming.
⛔️ pack engine away again FFS
⛔️can not figure how to tilt vintage engine.

beer

⛔️realise another life jacket is required for navigator (read: mate who can swim & £70 OUCH)

beer

⛔️ waiting for hypalon patches to dry still

beer
more beer
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Old 08 September 2019, 14:27   #5
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Beer to achievements ratio running at almost 50% is a tad high!
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Old 10 September 2019, 16:26   #6
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Newbie start guide (journey / diary) to inflatable boats

Says the man who props his (shiny and very handsome) new trolly up with a can of Stella.. :-) every workshop should have one.
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Old 10 September 2019, 16:38   #7
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Ha ha well yes... I did look for something more boaty and in keeping but my hand fell on the garage stash first.
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Good luck Jim, have you planned your location for the first trip? River/canal sounds good, somewhere where you can launch easily is better and (for me at least) somewhere I could mess around and get it wrong without lots of people gawping at me!


I also did a RYA Powerboat2 course as I had never been out on an outboard powered boat before although I had done lots of kayaking etc. May not be relevant for you but whilst I would have been "OK" without it it did give me a lot of useful info and experience.


Also worth building a kit list of the things you want/need to take, there are a few threads on here with examples but note some of these are for inshore/offshore so may be a bit OTT for your canal


Cheers


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Old 14 September 2019, 12:15   #9
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Newbie start guide (journey / diary) to inflatable boats

Late one...
First start on the engine today, after much tinkering.

Started her up with two buckets, one for incoming one for outgoing.

I donít know how long this engine has sat (been promised the olí it was just serviced) but the intake tank looks like itís just done a risky fart after a vindaloo. Click image for larger version

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Is this normal???
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Anyway, Iíve come this far so die or die trying.

Barton point launch tomorrow at 11am. Keep an eye on the news...
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