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Old 10 April 2018, 02:41   #1
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Hi guys

A quick note to say hi. At the weekend we bought our first ever boat, a Zodiac 340, which we are looking forward to gently meandering up and down the Thames in.

We are total freshers so thanks in advance for your patience with any daft questions I am sure to have!

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Old 10 April 2018, 02:54   #2
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Welcome to RIBnet Burtie ! Spring may be with us any month now so great time to be getting out and about on the water

Do play about with the search function to find some of the answers to common problems but feel free to ask away if something is still puzzling you . We were all newbies once.......
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Old 10 April 2018, 02:59   #3
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Welcome Burtie.

Do you have the air or solid floor? What outboard do you use with it?

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Welcome Burtie.

Do you have the air or solid floor? What outboard do you use with it?

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Hi David

It’s a solid floor, and we’ve got a 20hp Honda outboard. Both very slightly used but brought the price down a bit.

The next step is actually launching it into the water. At the moment the prospect is daunting to say the least.
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Welcome to RIBnet Burtie ! Spring may be with us any month now so great time to be getting out and about on the water

Do play about with the search function to find some of the answers to common problems but feel free to ask away if something is still puzzling you . We were all newbies once.......
Thanks Bern. :-)
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great little boat you have there we use a zodiac 310 zoom at work its lasted two years with loads of abuse enjoy
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That should be a nippy outfit with 20hp!

>>> launching it into the water. At the moment the prospect is daunting to say the least.

Is it on a trailer or will you be setting up at the water's edge and using transom wheels? I guess you have a slipway in mind... with that OB it's a bit heavy to push down a grassy bank!
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That should be a nippy outfit with 20hp!

>>> launching it into the water. At the moment the prospect is daunting to say the least.

Is it on a trailer or will you be setting up at the water's edge and using transom wheels? I guess you have a slipway in mind... with that OB it's a bit heavy to push down a grassy bank!
The really daunting bit is that our local slipway is next door to a pub with all outdoor seating! Nothing like having an audience...!

Its on a trailer, but does have transom wheels. Ideally we want to use the wheels but were mindful of the weight. Also the slipway is quite steep. I think were going to have to practice on the driveway a few times.
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The next step is actually launching it into the water. At the moment the prospect is daunting to say the least.
You might want to leave it for a week or so until the water levels come down a bit. The Thames is absolutely tanking along at the moment, so make sure you keep well clear of the weirs if you can't wait to get on the water.

River Thames Conditions

You've got a good spot though, Cookham to Maidenhead is absolutely stunning
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You might want to leave it for a week or so until the water levels come down a bit. The Thames is absolutely tanking along at the moment, so make sure you keep well clear of the weirs if you can't wait to get on the water.

River Thames Conditions

You've got a good spot though, Cookham to Maidenhead is absolutely stunning
Thanks John. Yes, warnings everywhere at the moment so no danger of us taking our first ventures for a while yet! No hurry though, gives us time to plan a little more.
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