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Old 21 March 2016, 18:46   #201
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On this trip the incidents were:

- At full speed, c 28 knots I think (didn't have navigation aid on much) sometimes there was some was wash that came in the boat at the rear, not sure why, perhaps the new prop was the cause, unsure. Did not happen before.

- Hit an unexpected wave and was thrown to side of boat but recovered it well

- Approached control zone with PLA and barge digging in the river too fast

- (most worrying) motor unexpectedly cut out 10 metres from landing when sorting out wheels (still using hammer to free wheel from slot, need to re bend metal around button). Used smaller screw to hold on launch wheel where screw was lost. May have stood on fuel hose. Will need to run motor in garden with rubber ears and probably take it in to investigate

- Electric start stopped working on the trip before this and doesn't seem to work anymore, not sure what I have done, perhaps shorted the wires in water in error, I now have proper plug and socket to connect to battery but doesn't work, only with pull cord

- Light pole came lose as didn't tighten screws up with spanner, only hand tight, so kept tightening it up.

- Buckle broke on boat bag, snapped off - not sure what to do to repair

BUT
- Rooteq trolley is a joy, wheels through flat easily, lifts into car boot easily with motor on it and just take off handle and slide with pillow underneath it

- Roofrack will take boat on top when I manage to fix it on



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Old 21 March 2016, 18:46   #202
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Great trip report Firstrib. Despite having decades of experience on the water I'm quite in awe of the progress you've made in such a relatively short space of time, the problems you've overcome and the mods made. Excellent.
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Old 21 March 2016, 18:52   #204
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It was very helpful to have the tiller control set to 'increase' for harder control at high speed, so much easier on the arm, had to really concentrate when waves or if pushed around in boat to ensure lowered speed quickly to avoid going off course.
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Old 21 March 2016, 19:24   #206
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Old 21 March 2016, 19:29   #207
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Old 21 March 2016, 19:34   #208
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Thanks Fenlander, with your help and encouragement things have developed well.
The Rooteq trolley is a little unstable with the 25HP on an incline an over bumps, yes. Even left standing on an incline on the drawdock, a little scary. Fine on concrete and on the flat, but overall, just right for me because of the small size and height of it to put it in the Ka. Good overall for me.
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Old 22 March 2016, 04:56   #209
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Great pics and video.

I'm sure you are but particularly in the dark be very aware of floating debris in the Thames.

I didn't remember you had elec start. For me not part of using a daily inflate SIB... just a personal thing but I'd have the starter taken off to save a little weight and keep to manual start. Also will allow you to have a much smaller battery.

Very possible you did crush the fuel hose in that excitement hence stopping the outboard... it's happened to me when daughter was sitting on the fuel hose squeezed tight over the edge of a seat.

All bow bags and similar are very prone to breaking buckles and/or attachments unless you just use them for a couple of jumpers... just too much bounce in a sib for carrying much weight in them. I carry everything in bags that sit on the SIB floor just with a light safety rope in case they try to bounce out in really rough stuff.
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Hi Firstrib - did you find it fairly easy navigating through the Thames barrier in your Aerotec ? Did you have a VHF to call Thames VTS at Blackwell when you were outbound to the QE2 bridge or did you just follow the signage for the correct span ? Looked like fun by the way. I've been on the river but near the QE2 bridge, going up towards the pool of London must afford great views.
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