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Old 09 September 2007, 00:22   #21
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Great pictures & a nice looking setup. Looks as though your seating location would be the same whether you use a tiller or wheel.
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Old 09 September 2007, 05:18   #22
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thanks for the replies, interested in this front launch wheel as to be honest its still a bit weight to lug on the rear launch wheels with only my girlfriend helping, a front wheel would make it safer.

It would certainly be nice to forego the slipway but im not sure of a launch point i can use with the launch wheels - certinaly not brighton beach. Anyone from around here suggest a suitable location for wheeling it in?
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Old 09 September 2007, 09:45   #23
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What rear launch wheels have you got - I can't see them in the photos.

Looking at your setup I can see why you have problems - it's because you have more weight forward than a usual SIB - great at sea but not so great when you are trying to use it like a wheelbarrow in reverse!!!

As to launching places look at Google Earth - very easy to spot suitable places with local knowledge as well. Is that angles slip suitable 500yds to the left of the marina area?
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Old 09 September 2007, 10:24   #24
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Interesting video showing how the experts deal with choppy water.

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Old 09 September 2007, 14:54   #25
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Funnily enough I saw almost EXACTLY the same setup as your being launched in Mumbles today - even the same colour - proper launching wheels on the back and one bloke walking it down the slip no probs.
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Old 09 September 2007, 19:33   #26
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That's a very good boat you've got there.

I would also recommend Dag Pike's book, 'inflatables'. It is an older book now, but the text on boat handling is still very relevant for gaining experience, and is written by someone with a wealth of experience. I still refer back to it.

Check out his recent publication, 'challenges', where he describes the development of early inshore lifeboats, which he was involved in.

We had a Bombard 3.8m previously, (from the same stable as yours), and as has been mentioned aready, once you learn how to handle these type of boats they are very capable, allowing you to explore areas where some bigger boats couldn't.

I think the thing these boats really teach you is how to read the waves, and know your limitations.

They also teach you how to make best progress, and you should have little difficulty in the futura, either aiming off from a head sea to make progress, or running in a cross sea. Your boat also looks has a good power to weight ratio, which should also help to keep you out of bother, (dodging breaking crests!).

Where our Bombard showed its limitations was in a head sea, where it would tend to lift to a wave, instead of cutting through.

We did one trip in our Bombard of 50nm, and had some brilliant trips. Bigger is not necessarliy better!

Hope you enjoy the Zodiac, it's very capable and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with it.
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Old 09 September 2007, 20:00   #27
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Had a cracking day out on the futura today!

Pics can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...5&id=848920556
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Old 10 September 2007, 08:40   #28
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It was a nice flat glassy weekend , shame the sun didn't shine sunday like saturday .
Nice mix of craft there , I like the grey ribtec .

How did the futura perform compared to the others ? for sure you used less fuel which makes the day more rewarding to start with .
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Old 10 September 2007, 11:51   #29
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Totally perfect conditions - We covered about 50 miles in a day on one 25 litre plastic yamaha fuel tank - still some fuel left in it too!

We were all cruising between 30 and 40mph but im sure if the Tornado or Ribtec went full throttle they would be much faster. But the little 50hp Futura kept up very well I though - would be a VERY different story in even the slightest chop though!


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Old 10 September 2007, 15:04   #30
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Totally perfect conditions - We covered about 50 miles in a day on one 25 litre plastic yamaha fuel tank - still some fuel left in it too!

We were all cruising between 30 and 40mph but im sure if the Tornado or Ribtec went full throttle they would be much faster. But the little 50hp Futura kept up very well I though - would be a VERY different story in even the slightest chop though!


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Thats good going really I can't really cruise much more than 30 without giving it wot everywhere . Futura must be a good bit quicker then most 5m ribs .
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