Reporting in from Fulham. Thames voyage successful! Fulham to Richmond, moored for lunch and back. The tide was so high the boat floated out of the Thames onto the pavement.
Launching from Broomhouse Drawdock is interesting, there is 4m of ankle deep litter to wade through to the river. Disaster this week was screwing, or not screwing on as it turned out, the wheels so the boat collapsed and bent one of the wheel posts, until a hefty wrench did it's job to free it. Switching the wheels around in the water from down position to up position is tricky - anyone got any gadget ideas to flip them down/up?
Fixed the Bravo BST pump by following the instructions on the leaflet, the pump was a few years old in the storeroom, combined with a very damp day, the small white plastic microswitch with a spring needed some WD40 and then the high pressure kicked in.
Best thing ever is a 5m extra bright string of lights like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/RPGT%C2%AE-W...WKK5F28EBTTBX4
attached to the battery.
The battery has been an adventure, I blew one up on the anchor chain but found that a 12AH 12V mobility scooter battery (200 cold crank amps not the 350 recommended for the 25HP Mercury motor) works really well to start the outboard and is sealed and much smaller. It also powers the white waterproof LED lights (See photo) at dusk which brightens things up.
Must link the battery to the battery hungry tablet which is running Navionics Boating HD UK and Netherlands great for depth and buoys which sits on the seat.
My main problem is the set up and take down time. Took 2 hours from door to water and 2 hours to pack away at the end. The more powerful 25HP motor is definitely the right choice for the Thames, however, it is as everyone has said very heavy. I have nearly had terrible accidents with it and my back, and must get a proper trolley. Taking it through the house also difficult. I think it will just be this way as no drive space. Perhaps there is an electric transom trolley that helps down 3 stairs and loads easily into a boot? The boat takes a while to dry and taking out the floor is necessary. I may yet get a roofrack as has been suggested for the boat itself.
Any thoughts, suggestions welcome as always. My patient friend Paul is in the photos. Thanks all.