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Old 07 December 2003, 17:47   #191
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This is what Richard Taylor wrote to me.

I was in a dilema over the 90 or 115. Went for the 90 and im not disappointed. Im sure I will want something monstrously powerful in time but this is a good start. I havent done more than 5 hours or so yet so its early days but did manage 38knots on the last trip in Plymouth and there was a bit more to come. I may well get the steering upgraded, im really ****** off at the poor advice i got when buying my boat. Particularly as i said that i thought hydraulic steering would be a good idea as it would be easier for the kids ! (My kids are 12, 12 and 6, all boys). I was pursuaded that it wouldnt need it... but it does, im enormous and I find it a struggle!!!

I have got Hydralic steering theres a picture of it a few pages back
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Old 07 December 2003, 17:52   #192
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well it depends on what type of steering he had fitted. There were 3 boats that i saw in detail at Jason's place. One with a 140 suzi the other a 200 mariner and the other a 225 evenrude. All of which hat this no feed back steering. If its good enough for a Evenrude 225 fitch then it should do fine with a 90.

A frends Deep Sea 18 had a Johnson 150 with some old cable steering and it is bloody awful. Quite amusing though, when he locks the engine over and accelerates he cannot turn the wheel the other way. He has to almost come to a stop again before he can turn the wheel
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Old 07 December 2003, 18:09   #193
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Hmmm... I can't help thinking that cable steering, even with NFB, sounds like false economy. Steering's one thing that you need to be 100% reliable, and if it does fail for any reason, then you want good warning.

I've suffered steering failure twice, one event with each type, and the incidents went something like this:
1) Cable steering fault - it just suddenly went. Complete loss of steerage. Had to use the tiller attachment (had two on this particular boat so was no problem) but if we hadn't had it, then we'd have had no control over the boat at all.
2) Hydraulic steering fault - developed as a gradually worsening handling fault which was manageable at up to 25kts during 3-4 hrs use and did not put us in any danger at all. In fact I could have kept topping up the fluid for longer. Darned good thing really, as I can't see any way of attaching a tiller to the Yammie 200.

Which situation would you rather be in?
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Well i think youre right.

Steering on my old boat went in the middle of lake windermere.
Managed to drive it back at about 10knots while sitting on the tubes steerign with a paddle.

I wouldnt have liked that one out at sea...
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BTW what's you're proposed cruising area once you take delivery of the new Prosport?
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Old 07 December 2003, 18:21   #196
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Well its gonna be stored in Coventry about as far away from the sea as you can get.

Only about 2 and a half hours to Porstmouth though. Might keep it on the water in Lymington for the first season i have it. I go on hols to Padstow for a few weeks a year. Got friends near Aberswyth. Other friends on the East coast.

Basically ill tow it wherever i feel like. We towed the old boat down the the solent every odd weekend in the summer for a day trip. I dont worry about the driving.
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Old 07 December 2003, 18:26   #197
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Have you every thought about moving?
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Old 07 December 2003, 18:28   #198
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Glad you had a good trip and saw the 'modern works' where these ribs are crafted!
Shame you couldn't get on the water as f5 would have given you a great feeling of what the rib is capable of.
How on earth can he quote end Feb 2004, is it from a different mould to the 7.5 & 8.5? If so then fine, if not, get in line
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Yes Ian it is from a different mould.
Not quite sure where he got Feb from. Seems very unlikely.
But he did say delivery will not be affected by demand for the bigger ribs. 6m is also different mould to the 6.5m.
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How is he arranging the A Frame and support cables for skiing/boarding, was this discussed?
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