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Old 14 August 2016, 17:14   #261
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The boat on the Isle of Wight

The boat repaired on the Island before the return trip, note amazing weather.
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Old 14 August 2016, 18:04   #262
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Firstrib your determination is to be admired... think I'd have been hitching a lift on the ferry!

Re the failure sadly it is typical. There have been various posts on here in different threads about Aerotec glue failure... all I can say is that last year two different dealers I spoke to both estimated an average 18yr life for Aerotec glue and you are in that ball park.

Add in a load of four adults punching into waves powered by a 25hp and you probably suffered at the early end of the average.

Glad all got back safely.
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Old 14 August 2016, 18:07   #263
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Fenlander, thank you. I considered the ferry option!
Hoping the gluing will get me back on the water before winter, and be as safe as new, which seems to be my peak time for using the boat so far.
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Old 15 August 2016, 07:19   #264
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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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FirstRIB - the exact same thing happened to my in my aerotec yesterday! I was in the solent too, clearly cursed waters. How much did they quote you for the repair?

we were riding 4 up as well, only using a tohatsu 18hp so a somewhat lighter engine than you
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Glad you (both) made it back safely. I'd been thinking about an Aerotec over the last few months and viewed one lately with a peeling transom which prompted me to ring around for repair prices. These guys Rib - inflatable boat & outboard parts, repair & service centre quoted around 150.00 + vat for a transom glue, not sure what they do for that the guy on the phone said 'transom re-glue' but I don't think it included the section of transom that fits into the floor

Browsing YouTube a while back I found this if you're a DIY'er!
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Interesting, lots of work, glad I didn't do it myself. The repair worked well with 5 up on the Solent Yarmouth /Freshwater to Lymington. 5 up for some of the journey.
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The next project, one year on, is the splashguard based on the one posted on here, by Max, I think. Also, studying CEVNI and then will upgrade to international powerboat with RYA.
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Splash guard Aerotec 380 - inspired by Max

So, the splash guard project is in full swing, inspired by Max. Mid job - see pictures.

Problem 1: The problem I seem to have (any ideas welcome), is that I don't have any space on the rear mounting plate as max does with his black floor creation.

The 25HP Mercury extends to the bottom of the wooden plate. So not keen to self tap the screws into the accrual wooden transom. Any ideas for fixing? OR can the foam hug the motor?

Problem 2: Whether to use two pieces of carpet tile I have bought and stuck together with Gorilla Glue = very rigid now, or the soft foam which is very flexible.
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This is the rest of the kit to create the splash guard attached to the angle aluminium
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