I finally picked the boat up yesterday.
With much anticipation, trepidation and excitement we took it from Hayling Island to the Isle of White and back just to try it out. Its even faster than I remembered from the demo. The shove it gives when you open up the twin 175's makes you laugh out loud. The ride was smooth and the boat seemed bigger than at the boat show !
In fact not just a bit bigger, my god its gigantic. Especially out of the water on the trailer.
When we hitched it up to my long wheel base high roof Transit van it actually made the van look small. Towing it was fine, apart from none of the trailer lights working. I spent all Friday night wiring my towbar up, then when we hitched the trailer up on Saturday afternoon we discovered no current, either that or all the bulbs had gone. But I thought sod it, Im not leaving it here and Im since Im driving up the Motorway / A34 Im only going to need to indicate twice
Got home fine, then spent the best part of 45 mins trying to reverse it onto my drive and round the side of my house. The boat is 2.95m wide, the drive is about 3m wide, that will fit right ? - anyway, due to the angle of approach and the narrow drive I cant use the van to push it all the way. So my wife and I then attempted to push the trailer - yup, you can laugh - that didnt work.
Then I had a bright idea, I took the strap from the winch, pulled it back under the boat and attached it with a tow rope to a steel fence post behind the boat and winched it in. It worked - a bit, very slowly. But now I need to turn the boat a bit. So Ive rung up a few mates and asked for help.
Oh well, at least its not sticking out into the road now and its kept the neighbours amused.