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Old 11 January 2016, 18:09   #121
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Is this trolley any good Trailers ?
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Old 11 January 2016, 19:00   #122
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Saw this which I think is the answer! Easy load into the Ford KA, but may need I think a roofrack then to fit in the boat or it goes in the front seat.
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Old 11 January 2016, 19:10   #123
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First re inflation... inflate each tube section in turn until it's full but no pressure (still a little crinkly) then go round and take each to full pressure... actually I'm a bit OCD and do this in three gradual steps. This will preserve the life of the internal baffles.

Yes the valves are supposed to leak by a little with the caps being the final seal.

Re wheels... is it the strong buoyancy making them awkward? If so half fill each inner tube with water... that will make it easier. Another option is to buy smaller wheel/tyres from somewhere like Machine Mart. They will still roll well on the slipway but have far less buoyancy (you do need to make sure the axle bore is correct).

My flip up Trem wheels just need one pin removing to take the leg off when you pack the boat away and this leaves a small bracket each side on the transom. I put a bit of foam over this as I fold the cone ends in to protect the tubes. Have a look at post #23 in this thread for some images of mine...

Trem HD flip up wheels on an Aerotec

The only small thing against them compared to the OE wheels is their lack of length so you have to tilt the outboard right up.

Re that Rooteq trolley looks good if a bit pricey. I use this type which is good enough for a 15hp but a bit flimsy in truth...

http://maxipro.com.au/shop/images/outboard_trolley.jpg

Re speed... a 15hp will usually take an Aerotec to 18-19Kts. Others with a 25hp might comment but I'd have hoped for nearer 25Kts with your outboard... however I wonder what pitch prop you have? Should have that stamped on it or a part no. you could Google to find out.

Finally... we have been talking about Aerotec transom splash in another thread... do you get this at all at speed?
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Old 11 January 2016, 19:26   #124
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Oh yes I missed one thing re drying before packing away. 90% of our use is salt water so I unpack and inflate the boat at home the day after then wash it off... turning it over to drain then a final towel dry.

Anyway that's me done for the night!
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Old 12 January 2016, 01:16   #125
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Hey firstrib,

Just a word of warning that will save you some grief perhaps bud, those 12v batteries are way out their depth for starting/charging from engine and will probably either puff (piccy) or crack and leak gel if used with regularity.Those things need to be charged up slowly, normally no more than 1C (10% of capacity in other words or 1.2 amps in your case) ideally for longevity, hence they are sealed as little danger of puffing from intended use. Normally used in electric scooters, golf carts, UPS etc and a mains charger to charge them up again X amps depending on the capacity.

Personally I wouldn't connect it to the engine to charge nor start, better to get a small car or maybe a motorbike battery if that is your intentions. Those are designed for charging from an engine (alternator/rectifier) and the cranking over to start (thicker plates and acid versus gel typically).....they put a crank limit on them for a reason ofcourse, you would be wise not to ignore it.

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Old 12 January 2016, 03:36   #126
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24-25knts from my tohatsu 25. I'm not even sure I'm at the full rev range either. Need to sort my tach out for next trip but I think you can get a bit more. As David says prop. But also is you outboard straight onto the transom or have you raised it at all.
I'm new to all of this myself and there are lots af aspects that can affect performance the engine height being one of them.
If your outboard is too low with too much of the leg in the water it will create excessive drag which may stop you outboard from getting up to full revs ( I believe ). Others more qualified will be able to confirm.
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Old 12 January 2016, 06:35   #127
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Wow! Somehow missed this entire thread (mainly due to the title!) but have to say a huge hats off to Firstrib - your determination and desire to get boating against many odds and to go about it completely the right way regarding training etc is tremendous and puts many of us fair-weather fairies to shame. Awesome!

As to set up with regard to engine height etc then check the link to Locozodiacs superb post on this in the 'which sib' topic. I've found the BAT a draggy boat and my 15 Merc only gets it up to 17-18kts max with around 160kg total load. Same as I used to get on a 340 (flat floor) Zodiac with a Tohatsu 9.8. I don't think a 25 will see 25 kts but maybe 23?

For the best handling make sure it is trimmed right and IMHO a tiller extension is essential in most SIB's (definitely the BAT) to get you piloting it from mid-ships. Weight in the bow is needed too.
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Old 17 January 2016, 14:16   #128
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Had a look out today on the river Tyne to try a few things and clocked 25knts going down the river and 23 coming back up using mx mariner.
Anyway, I just thought I would post this pic of the fuel bag in situ. Not the best angle to show the deck space but I'm sure you get the idea Firstrib.
I know what it's like with the tank getting under your feet when on the seat, bit of a mare.
These bags hold around 22 litres.


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Old 22 January 2016, 16:44   #129
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Durbrus, thanks for the photo and warning here. I will definitely review my use of the 12AH battery. I won't charge from it at all from now on and will keep it for the HP air pump and only the occasional start.
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Hi SteveM thank you for the picture, this looks good. What is the make of the fuel bag?
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