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Old 13 August 2013, 07:54   #11
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Well done , sounds like you did just fine with it being your first launch, and with people watching
Thanks! It was a little scary but we got there in the end - my only mistake (fortunately no one noticed) was to inflate the boat without first unscrewing the valve lock, so I inflated one side, disconnected the pump and only whilst inflating the other side did I notice that the first side had deflated

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There is no cheaper place to launch and you can only get a navigation licence from Harbour masters office I think.
Point to note. once you are past Netham lock you no longer require a Harbour navigation licence so you could launch from the river bank for free and go up to Hanam Lock
Ah interesting, its a shame as it would be nice to have an evening cruise but 6.80 + the cost of the petrol means that its not really worth it for just a few hours - seems silly to me that its based on boat size. Can you buy those packs of tickets where you get 30 days which you can use throughout the year and is it any more cost effective?

Interesting also about launching past Nethan Lock, although is there any neat place to park up, inflate and launch etc or is it a case of throwing the boat into the water and jumping in?

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Most of the pubs and resturants do not mind you mooring as long as you are spending in there establishment, Chequers pub up through Hanham lock used to be well worth a visit[/COLOR]

If I see you out I'll give you a wave.
Cool, need we buy any additional license etc once we're past Hanham Lock and heading into Bath?

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If your going to be doing lot of canal pottering possibly the pottering speeds your doing may not be what your two stroke is best suited to, just something to be aware of, not sure if others could give some comment here as to whether oiling up can be reduced by less oil mix or more open throttle thrashing on flushing if your not going to be able to burn off your oil. Just a thought,
Interesting, I was initially considering running at 80:1 but perhaps 50:1 is more appropriate as for now we will only ever be chugging at 4-6 mph, perhaps with the occasional blast

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Sounds like you had a great day.
Launch wheels are a huge help & well worth the money.
Definitely, it would have been so much easier with wheels. At first the 150 price tag for Honwave wheels is a bit scary, but they seem worth whilst now

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I have a Mercury 15hp 2 stroke and mix at 75:1. Engine has a sticker 100:1 but the experienced users on here always go for 50:1
Perfect, I'll do the same, saves spending on oil too

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It was suggested to me to stay clear of supermarket petrol and go for the high octane unleaded (the expensive one)
Interesting point, I treat my car to the more expensive petrol so I guess I should treat the outboard with the same luxuries will do, and thanks for the good tip!

We're so excited to get back out there now, just have to wait for a sunny day!!
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Old 13 August 2013, 08:20   #12
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Hi Sergeant,
You mention 6.80 for insurance, is this for insurance and river licence combined or just the river/harbour fees for using this particular bit of river?

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Old 13 August 2013, 08:26   #13
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Hi Sergeant,
You mention 6.80 for insurance, is this for insurance and river licence combined or just the river/harbour fees for using this particular bit of river?

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Sorry for the confusion, I believe that it works out at 6.35 for the license, then 45p for the insurance - I can't complain about the insurance but the 6.35 seems a little steep, particularly if arriving at 6pm for a short evening cruise - but if its unavoidable or not possible to ramp launch elsewhere for less, then thats fair enough.
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Hi again.
Thanks for that a bit clearer now, cannot complain at cost with insurance and looks like a good trip out, how long did it take to do the trip as might have a go at this one also
Teamplonker mentioned a launch site off the bank, can you please let me know where that is Teamplonker
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Old 13 August 2013, 08:56   #15
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Hi again.
Thanks for that a bit clearer now, cannot complain at cost with insurance and looks like a good trip out, how long did it take to do the trip as might have a go at this one also
Teamplonker mentioned a launch site off the bank, can you please let me know where that is Teamplonker
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It was awesome fun, we were in the water for about 3pm or so, we returned home to the Cottage Inn (which sites beside the launch ramp) at about 8pm We only have 7lt of petrol which lasted the entire journey, we still had some spare too! Next time, we'll venture beyond Netham and on into Bath
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Hi sergeant, I was more thinking would you be better off running at 100:1 if your going to be doing mainly trolling speeds, as this may reduce the chances of you oiling up your plugs.
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Old 13 August 2013, 11:24   #17
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Hi sergeant, I was more thinking would you be better off running at 100:1 if your going to be doing mainly trolling speeds, as this may reduce the chances of you oiling up your plugs.
Ah, ok, at least that simplifies the maths thanks Sunstreaker.
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Yes fully agree re trolling and 100:1 being fine for that low stress use.

Having said that I've not suffered oiling up since the Seagull days and I've trolled many 2-strokes for hours on the river.
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It was suggested to me to stay clear of supermarket petrol and go for the high octane unleaded (the expensive one)

If an engine isn't rated for higher octane, it simply won't use it. Waste of money.
However using low octane in an engine requiring higher rating will affect performance and may well cause damage.
So check your ratings.
Petrol QUALITY varies from station to station. Performance fuels are not necessarily high octane. Go for a well known brand from a busy station. That way you know their tanks are refilled frequently and there is less chance of water in the fuel.
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Around here its the supermarkets that are busy, but I will save a bit not going for the expensive unleaded at the local branded station if that's the case.dealer not engineer who gave me that advice. Also been told all petrol is of a lower quality recently and that's why my two strokes aren't working properly!
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