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Old 04 July 2016, 18:59   #251
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Old 05 July 2016, 04:00   #252
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I have had problems with the gauge style lids cracking. The gauge is pretty unreliable anyway so i'd have no qualms at replacing it. The only time I've seen fuel leak from the connector was when a tank was left sealed and somewhere warm - but you'd know if that was the issue as the sides bow out first!
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Old 05 July 2016, 04:08   #253
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>>>only time I've seen fuel leak from the connector was when a tank was left sealed and somewhere warm...

That was my thought... a sealed tank full of fuel with the vent done up in the sun... something has to give. But Firstrib you say it's not full and the vent's open... odd.

I do think the tanks need a cool sheltered place for storage... another very small shed or rabbit hutch type thing??
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Old 05 July 2016, 05:27   #254
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i have two in the shed which leak around the black plastic filler & gauge combined housing thats fitted into the red plastic tank not a big one but i leave them in there as spares.
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Are these new tanks or fairly old?

My old 25l tank leaks around the fuel gauge also, i reckon it's purely an age thing, perished seals/plastic. Made carrying it in the car impossible when it was used.

Now I have a new 12l one that leaks nothing...
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6 year old very little use
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Loving having Aerotec set up all week in Christchurch Dorest. Been out to sea, so much calmer in Summer! Tempted to go to Iale of Wight hugging the coast. Any need to inflate after a few days? Pressure seems good on day 5
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Having the boat set up for a week or more is an absolute luxury we only have on our holidays as in the end of next week. A whole two weeks with the boat just minutes from being able to leave the slip/pontoon massively expands boating possibilities.

Glad to hear you're back on the water.

Well I'll be checking my pressure most days just to be sure.
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Transom seam come undone at sea

So, this was the most exciting, or dangerous event to date in the Aerotec 380.
There I was, 4 men up, 9 miles into a sea voyage from ChristChurch Dorset to The Needles, Isle of Wight. Perfect conditions. Riding the waves, taking off 20 knots when it eventually got up on the plane after riding the waves for extra momentum.

I noticed the seam opposite me looked a little strange and that 25HP motor head looked a bit low in the water, in fact, dipping into the water. Then I saw it, the near seam, it had come apart from the top to the bottom of the boat but remained fastened at the base.

Fortunately, one of my crew, an ex RNLI guy as it happened, lashed the transom, using the Trem wheels as a support, to the hand hold on the Starboard side.

Lostwithiel, Cornwall is the recommended gluing shop, Banyard, so this is where my boat is now, at peak season under repair, with lots of other Bombards, Zodiacs with the same problem.

Was disappointed that the boat, 2001, had come undone, not going beyond anything it was built for. The glue, it seems, had dried out! Dear dear dear.

Anyway, we landed on the Island, then limped home at 4.5 knots against the wind and with the motor spluttering each time it took off and landed from a big wave. I had to shout at it not to pack up to get us home and was constantly looking for landing sites near shore to be washed onto. 2 hours later back to ChristChurch harbour.

Motor has been checked over and serviced, chandlery says the motor in good condition, new plugs but working well, I think the plug got wet when it dipped in the sea.

It also made some awful grinding sounds when going slow in harbour, unsure why, unless it hit something which is unlikely, like gears grinding and stalled, but seems to be ok in the test tank. No one can explain this.

So thought I would share. You might just see the rope repair with the Needles in the background, anyway, all enjoyed it, it seems.

Waiting for the repair 3 weeks or so, about a week to go I think.
But there is nothing like the sea. I was very impressed with the lifejackets that got absolutely soaked with waves but didn't go off, as they shouldn't have.


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