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Old 02 June 2013, 03:22   #1
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Loved this, obviously home made but was great. Even has the trailer hitch built in to it so it can be towed. Drove up the beach on Abersoch to take people on island tour.


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Tractor wheels on rear, small single fixed wheel underneath. Made from a dory.
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Old 02 June 2013, 03:44   #2
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ex Dell quay 17 by the looks of it. Cool

www.BoatsandOutboards4Sale.co.uk
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Old 02 June 2013, 06:47   #3
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that must be very old by now. It was around when I was a kid
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Old 02 June 2013, 09:16   #4
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you want one of these

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Old 02 June 2013, 09:32   #5
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I saw one of those (or something very similar) launch from Warsash about a month ago.

I honestly thought it was a rib that had unhitched itself from someone's car and was unmanned hurtling towards the water. Felt a bit stupid when I realised what was going on...

Won't make that mistake again...
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Old 02 June 2013, 11:30   #6
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The boat in Warsash is the one from the YouTube clip.
It commutes between Warsash and the Isle of Wight.
Awesome engineering, the cabin version makes it look so James Bond.
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Whilst watching that vid .. I saw another clip of a sea legs equipped RIB ... its worth watching this clip because of the good footage of the semi 'stuff' they do at the end .. its well filmed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=YQspDDgzFgs
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Sealegs is an interesting idea, but from what I read the duty cycle on the motors for the wheels is pretty low. They're hydraulic motors and the power pack can only run a few minutes before things get hot. They're basically meant for launch and recovery. Its not like you can drive the thing down the road.
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Sealegs is an interesting idea, but from what I read the duty cycle on the motors for the wheels is pretty low. They're hydraulic motors and the power pack can only run a few minutes before things get hot. They're basically meant for launch and recovery. Its not like you can drive the thing down the road.
Out of curiosity I would like to learn more about Sea Legs.

As I understood it, the wheels spinning and wheel lifts are fully hydro, and are powered by an air cooled gas (Petrol) powered engine. Is that not correct? Are they, Sea Legs, having the hydraulic fluid heat up too much? Is the small gas engine getting too hot for continuous use?

I can see in many places Sea Legs being very beneficial. Wish I had one, even if just for launch and recovery.
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Sealegs is an interesting idea, but from what I read the duty cycle on the motors for the wheels is pretty low. They're hydraulic motors and the power pack can only run a few minutes before things get hot. They're basically meant for launch and recovery. Its not like you can drive the thing down the road.
They aren't road legal anyway.

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Out of curiosity I would like to learn more about Sea Legs.

As I understood it, the wheels spinning and wheel lifts are fully hydro, and are powered by an air cooled gas (Petrol) powered engine. Is that not correct? Are they, Sea Legs, having the hydraulic fluid heat up too much? Is the small gas engine getting too hot for continuous use?

I can see in many places Sea Legs being very beneficial. Wish I had one, even if just for launch and recovery.
They are quite expensive and have an aluminium hull, they really come into their own when you're out and about and want to stop for lunch, just drive up the beach instead of having to worry about anchoring etc. At the end of the day just drive up onto your flatbed trailer and tow it home - easy! If you wanted to do longer distances a hydraulic oil cooler would be needed, the engine will cope fine.
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