Hi Fenlander, sorry for the delay in responding, flat out at work with projects. I think I have got to 23 knots at the turn of the tide, so no help either way. I am still a novice with the outboard and think I only managed to lock it down properly on the second half of my second trip two weeks ago so it was probably bobbing around or slightly out of the water on the shallow water setting for some of my trips so far! Not good!
I don't know about the pitch of the prop as yet, can't face lugging it out of the rabbit hutch, the whole motor is such a beast to move and I have another disaster story about the trolley, the Motor Totor which looked so good, is great if you have a larger car boot, probably a standard size car or estate. It doesn't actually fit in the Ford Ka, or through my narrow flat doors. So I need to re-sell it or give it to a good owner. It is a superb piece of kit if you have a garage and estate car, with the two air filled wheels plus the two on the handle to pop it into the boot and it is so sturdy and folds up.
- any use to you?
I need to get a new trolley again, I like this one which seems good on space without huge gaps between the base and propeller, problem is it sold in Australia only: Motor Trolley - Almac Trailers
back to the challenges of the Ford Ka I have to crack the trolley question next and a small shed in the alleyway to keep the motor and perhaps if not too cold the PCV Bombard Aerotec, perhaps with the frost heater moved from the rabbit hutch to the new mini shed!
When it was locked down well in place, I didn't get much spray in the boat, it is on a setting which when sped up brings the bow of the boat down, so slightly at an angle which I think adds extra drag but better when just one in the boat.
I think I will struggle on with the wheels I have, they are good. I have assumed, rightly or wrongly that I should turn off the motor when I have launched and am taking off the wheels? This means I have to paddle and not run aground or crash before they are up, or as I did before, find the post of a jetty and tie up. I bent one of the U shaped wheel mount sockets when it slipped of as I didn't know which way around to fix it, so glad I had a wrench to free it using it like a hammer, a down point I the trip.
Thanks for the tips on inflation.
Couple of quick questions as always if ok. I have discovered the knurled nut on the fuel gauge relieves the pressure of the fuel tank when going along to keep it from having a vacuum and stalling. Should I store the tank with the valve open or closed? I left it closed in cold weather and petrol somehow seems to have leaked out in the garden. Also, can it be kept with petrol in freezing temperatures in the garden? I have a second tank as backup now and clip on adaptors for my long voyage, although it might be too crowded with two tanks.
Finally, I am worried about fire, I guess if the tank or fuel catches alight, that is it for the boat and I just need to jump out but is it worth having a powder fire extinguisher?