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Old 07 September 2007, 13:34   #11
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some good advice here .
I had a honda 3'8 air floor with a 20 hp , the boat never felt unsafe but was so uncomfortable in any chop .
Certainly don't reduce pressure , its just makes it worse . Max recomended pressure is best .
A passenger is best to balance the boat up with load near the front. it felt too light with just me aboard .
I used to sit on the tube and had a climbing sling atatched so I could hold on with right hand while operating the motor with my left . A footstrap may have helped . I got thrown in a heap into the bottom of the boat many times ,
I can't imagine how bad it would have been with one of those strap on consoles and a steering wheel , would have broken my ribs I expect .
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Old 07 September 2007, 17:43   #12
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PT; that's a pretty small boat...


jky

Ya, I meant to say 11 foot SIB LOL

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I can't imagine how bad it would have been with one of those strap on consoles and a steering wheel , would have broken my ribs I expect .
I agree completely. I think you'd be far more comfortable by scrapping the steering wheel and going to a tiller. You bounce alot less sitting near the back of the boat. Fuel & cargo toward the bow, driver & passenger toward the stern. I mention 'passenger' rather than 'passengers' because in a chop that is all you would want with you in a sub 4m SIB. Under glass calm conditions, you could comfortably have 2-3 passengers with 1 fuel tank and the absolute minimum boat gear required by law.
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Old 08 September 2007, 07:49   #13
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yes i would agree it felt pretty extream to me as well, my back took some serious punishment. I must have battled with the chop for half an hour to look round and see how little distance id gone. I almost felt like weighing anchor and having a break but we were running out of time before low tide hit and i couldnt recover!

However its a beautiful day today and im thinking of braving it again (fool) for tomoorrow morning, the surf report (http://magicseaweed.com/Brighton-Sur...dLongRange/uk/)
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swell: 0.5ft @ 11secs
Wind: 4mph

Not sure if that helps me predict chop or not...
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Old 08 September 2007, 08:18   #14
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What do you mean - couldn't recover? If you get some proper swing up launching wheels you can launch/recover anywhere you feel like - they are brilliant!!!
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Old 08 September 2007, 08:44   #15
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got some, but the launch ramp i use goes to very gloopy mud and it would be a bit of a task...
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Yup, my launching wheels work great over sand & grass but are hell if they run into soft mud & clay.

Have a great outing today Andrew, let us know how it goes.
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Old 08 September 2007, 10:01   #17
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outings tommorrow morning at 10am (high tide). Here are some pics from the other day - not great but i'll post them up anyway!


first launch using trailer


leaving the safety of land behind!


heading out of the marina


...may not be too many more chances to photograph the old pier

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Andrew,

Good stuff. The more pics the merrier. Looks like agood little boat you have their.

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Old 08 September 2007, 13:31   #19
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got some, but the launch ramp i use goes to very gloopy mud and it would be a bit of a task...
Ahh but you don't need a ramp - any old bit of beach will do!!!

Agreed mud wouldn't be very nice.......

Great pics - nice looking boat as well.
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I use the Zodiac Rear and Front launching wheels - Dont even need to get the trailer wet or use the slipway with that setup. Very handy!
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