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Old 12 March 2017, 17:09   #11
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The mechanics of a hook are very similar to a high side.

Wearing a working kill cord would have prevented the Millie accident and no doubt many more.

It's very easy to wear a kill cord but equally very easy not to wear one.

Passengers - tell them what you're doing. If you are going to hoon around, build up to it and only go as fast as the least confident person is happy with.

The 4.7 will be a fair bit bigger than the 4.2 even though its only 0.5m longer but condition is everything.
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Old 12 March 2017, 17:18   #12
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Thanks Guy - think I'll go for the newer 4.2 Mercury with the 40HP Yamaha. Going to be super careful once I get out on the water - at least when the wife and kids are on board.
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Old 12 March 2017, 18:07   #13
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Hi wouldn't consider the 1999 unless it's been re tubed they'll be getting to the end of there life
My boat is a 2001 & tubes look like new.
I take they're just going to suddenly disintegrate some time in the next two years?
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Old 14 March 2017, 12:41   #14
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Also looking at an Ocean Runner 420 with a Mercury 20 HP. Am I right in thinking this would be a little underpowered for the Solent?
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Well it would certainly go a lot better with a 40 or even a 30hp motor. All depends what you want it to do, how heavily loaded, and budget.
Bare boat weighs around 120kg so a 20hp is going to work hard, probably not dangerously underpowered but also not much fun either.
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Good point - thanks. Fun is pretty high on the agenda!
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The mechanics of a hook are very similar to a high side.

Wearing a working kill cord would have prevented the Millie accident and no doubt many more.
I think that would have reduced the severity and consequences of the accident.
What would probably have prevented it was having a 250HP engine instead of a 300HP
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Definitely try and go for a 40 then.
For a lightweight, medium v rib the 420 and 460 Ocean Runners are surprisingly good value if cared for.
Had a go in a 460 with a 60 on the back last year and was great fun in fairly sheltered waters.
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I think that would have reduced the severity and consequences of the accident.
What would probably have prevented it was having a 250HP engine instead of a 300HP
Sorry yes - my comment was poorly worded. The kill cord wouldn't have prevented the hook nor the occupants being thrown over the side but it would have prevented the boat continuing round in a circle and hitting them.
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