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Old 02 August 2015, 05:19   #1
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Hello from Thanet

Hi all,

Picked up a Avon inflatable Dinghy yesterday, ex RNLI with 2 stroke 8hp Yamaha engine. This is my first ever boat of any kind and I brought it so I could get more involved with the children, who love swimming in the Margate Sea. Sadly I can't swim, and will be relying on buoyancy aid and making sure I never venture out too far. Interestingly enough, the chap I brought it from couldn't swim either!

I took it out yesterday as soon as I got it back from West Sussex. Was quite the effort and needed the Mrs and eldest 2 children to safely carry it to the beach. The floor is 2 part hinged 1" thick and looks to be teak wood. It took a while to get it to sit flat, but we got there after some pulling and tugging. I didn't bring out the outboard as have yet to do 100:1 mix and just wanted to get a feel for the boat using oars.

It was a fab afternoon in the sun and we stayed within a walled swimming pool with other kayaks and swimmers.

I noticed the twin elephant bailers let water in whilst in the closed tied up position. After a couple of hours, I brought the boat in opened the bailers and and lifted the front up to displace the excess water. This did the job and a closer inspection showed silicon used to create a seal was coming away in places. I'll get it sorted in the week as just want to get another days use in the water whilst the weather is sunny and the sea calm Click image for larger version

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It would be great to hear from others who have a similar boat, (so I know who to target for help advice!)
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Old 02 August 2015, 05:36   #2
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It would be great to hear from others who have a similar boat, (so I know who to target for help advice!)
Welcome to RIBnet. You appear to have scored yourself an RNLI Y-class tender. You should do a search for "Y-class" from the menu above. Any minute now, Max... and Fenlander are going to spot this thread and get really excited.

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Old 02 August 2015, 05:42   #3
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Thanks for the tip Willk, I'll do that now.
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Old 02 August 2015, 08:25   #4
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Shamstar, please dont take this as all doom and gloom but the North Kent Coast like most places can be very deceiving, at all costs avoid the Swale the tide does rip through there at 6 knots plus and you can be off Whitstable before you know it.Seasalter is a good place to launch from tide goes out miles so its relatively shallow for a lot of the time. Go on the Thanet Councils site and look up North Kent Water users (Google is your friend) you can purchase a key that lets you have access to a lot of the coast line under Thanet Council. Above all make sure you get your safety gear sorted out it appears you have purchased a cracking bit of kit so good luck. Regards Jim
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Old 02 August 2015, 08:40   #5
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Hi Jim,

I checked forecast for today and all is calm. I never intend to go out more than 20 metres with the engine running. Buoyancy aids have been ordered for all and I'm the only non swimmer. I'm only launching from Margate beaches and there are plenty of others in the same waters; mostly Jet skis.

I appreciate your excellent advice and will look into getting a key in case I try other launch sites in the future.
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Old 10 August 2015, 04:27   #6
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This was the one listed on eBay a while back:

RNLI inflatable boat | eBay

Shame about the bow dodger and it needs a bit of resto but a good price.

Useful topic on the Y Class here:

RNLI Y Class - show and tell please!
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Old 10 August 2015, 06:21   #7
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Yes Max, that's the one. I had no idea about 'bow dodger' as this my first ever boat.

I paid the extra 150 for the 8hp yamaha on sellers recommendation. I should have asked to see it running as after my first outing, I ran fresh water through it and found no telltale stream. It's taken me 3 days to actually find the location of the telltale hole, so now need to see if I can find where the blockage is.

I've read through the show and tell thread and found it very informative. If you know of a good pictorial thread showing cleaning of water chambers on mariner/yam engine, let me know
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a closer inspection showed silicon used to create a seal was coming away in places. I'll get it sorted in the week as just want to get another days use in the water whilst the weather is sunny and the sea calm
FWIW, it's best to try and stay away from silicone sealant for marine use. It doesn't stand up to the constant wet conditions. Use a decent grade marine caulk and it should be a one and done permanent fix.

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Hi JKY,

Yes, I have been looking at marine grade sealants and will definitely use them on the rib.

I've been out of the water after 5th outing and trying to get as much info as poss on clearing out the water channels to ensure good telltale stream, as presently there is none at all. Engine is early 80's 8B Yamaha and I'm trying to get as much info as poss before delving in.


I hope to be back in the water within a few days, just in time to receive key from Council for local launch sites. Being in the water is very addictive and I can't wait!
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Well done! I was due to travel down and collect it but you got there before me!
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