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Old 23 April 2008, 13:04   #11
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What happened to the two blonde birds that race a Thundercat? 'Femme Farter' or someting similar.
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Old 23 April 2008, 16:24   #12
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Can anyone say if there will be many zapcats and thundercats at RIBex in May?
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Old 24 April 2008, 09:18   #13
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I think you will struggle to a zapcat/thundercat for your budget. However, there seems to be one in Dorset which is for sale for 2,000 - but says it has a split in one of the boards. I am sure you can buy new boards from www.zapcat-racing.com.
FYI this advertiser is one of those tossers who doesn't respond to emails or repeated voicemails. I pursued him for a week without a peep back so don;t hold your breath!

Great video Alt!

I'd be wary of the ex-race cats becasue they all seem to regularly wind up inverted trying to run on saltwater so even with stripping and flushing promptly that has got to be shortening the life of bores and bearings. Maybe they don't even strip 'em. I'm guessing they take the plugs out, drain the engine, oil tank and carbs, turn 'em over a few times with oil into every orifice and then start up and go.

It's probably better for the engine to get it restarted ASAP rather than pulling it to pieces hours/days later.Anyone on here know the post drowning zapcat engine routine?
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Old 24 April 2008, 09:48   #14
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Anyone on here know the post drowning zapcat engine routine?

Copied & pasted from here;

http://www.thundercatinflatable.com....board-t39.html


Start a flipped Thundercat Outboard

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First of all you need tools for the job and should always carry these on board just for this job.

Tools (for Tohatsu recovery)
1. Spark Plug Wrench
2. Medium Flat head screw driver
3. 5 or 6 Medium Zip ties
4. Medium Phillips head screwdriver
5. Pliers with side cutters

Once your boat is back up the right way

1. Remove Spark Plugs - Don't drop these overboard if you are not on land!

2. Pull the lower crankcase rubber pipe off, it's the one that is at the very bottom of the power head under and behind the accelerator cable. Water should come out of the brass nozzle. (Thanks to Riviera for that great tip)

3. Undo each carbie fuel bowl screw (1 on each carbie) with flathead screwdriver until fuel drips out (you don't need to take them right out)

4. Squeeze your fuel primer and watch the fuel come out of each cabie. Keep priming gently until you do not see any white looking fuel on the pan of your motor(under bottom carbie). Once all water is clear from cabies, tighten the carbie bowl screws up (don't burr the screw heads).

5. Remove kill switch from motor, put motor into neutral.

6. Pull motor over until no water is coming out of the crankcase nozzle(see step 2 for nozzle location). This could take upto 30 tries.

7. Attach crankcase hose back onto its nozzle.

8. Undo fuel line from fuel pump. Thats the line going to the bottom carbie from the fuel filter.

9. Undo Carbie air box cover (6 phillips head screws).

10. Clean your spark plugs with fuel from the undone fuel line by gently squeezing the primer and washing plugs in fuel. Sit the plugs in the sun to dry off.

11. Squirt a small ammount of fuel into each carbie throat.

12. Reconnect fuel line to fuel pump and prime the carbies ready for a start.

13. Replace the top 2 spark plugs finger tight (you might have to remove them again) and connect them to the coils. Leave the bottom spark plug out for now. (Thanks to Mark Pantarotto for that tip)

14. Attach kill switch.

15. Full choke, throttle on 25-50%

16. Try to start motor, if you hear it cough and splutter like it is about to start, back the choke right off and try again to start with 50% throttle.

17. If motor starts, give it a few revs - it will run very rough as water will be forced out of the bottom cylinder spark plug hole. Do not run the motor for more than 15 seconds! If the motor does not start, you will have to go back to step 1 and start again.

18. If the motor did start, put the third plug in and tighten all three with plug wrench, double check your carbie screws are done up, put carbie air box back on and check everything is back together.

If you cannot get the motor running after performing the above steps 2 or 3 times then you may have bigger problems than simply water in your motor.

The steps above are a general outline, some guys do more, some do less. Some even tip there boats on there end to get the water out...I'm too lazy for that.

I and the club take no responsibility if you break/kill your motor or yourselves by following the above directions!
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Old 25 April 2008, 03:45   #15
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I'm off to Southampton Powerboat and Rib show for the bank holiday weekend, hoping to see some thundercats in action! Anyone else from on here making a trip there?
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Old 25 April 2008, 08:17   #16
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I'm off to Southampton Powerboat and Rib show for the bank holiday weekend, hoping to see some thundercats in action! Anyone else from on here making a trip there?
Yes we will have our record breaking race boat there and a slightly slower 6 metre RIB with a 115EFI on it!
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Old 25 April 2008, 14:01   #17
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Yes we will have our record breaking race boat there and a slightly slower 6 metre RIB with a 115EFI on it!
Great, I'll say hello on my way round. It looks like a great weekend, just not sure which day to make the trip down.
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Old 25 April 2008, 16:26   #18
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......Also, I will need to store indoors at all times which means that it will need to be deflated after every use. I understand that will be a bit of a pain but would this cause the boat to wear more quickly? I could imagine consantly folding up the tubes and instering/removing the floorboards would cause more wear than just leaving it inflated between uses? Also is it possible to dismantle the trailer for storage at all?.....
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Do you mean indoors as in a house, or indoors as in a corner of a garage?

I use a GRX420 (a zapcat with a bow - like a Ceasar Surf Cat) and would suggest that deflating a zapcat after every use is quit a bit more than just a 'bit of a pain'. I bought my boat (and a trailer that could be collapsed) with a similar intention and realised that deflating and storing away after each use just wasn't going to be an option if I was going to use it more than a few times a year.

I would really suggest finding somewhere to store the boat in the inflated state if possible.

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Old 25 April 2008, 23:21   #19
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Do you mean indoors as in a house, or indoors as in a corner of a garage?

I use a GRX420 (a zapcat with a bow - like a Ceasar Surf Cat) and would suggest that deflating a zapcat after every use is quit a bit more than just a 'bit of a pain'. I bought my boat (and a trailer that could be collapsed) with a similar intention and realised that deflating and storing away after each use just wasn't going to be an option if I was going to use it more than a few times a year.

I would really suggest finding somewhere to store the boat in the inflated state if possible.

Ed
Hmmm this is what I was thinking, I dont really have anywhere to store something this big, and dont want to have to pay out to rent a garage. I will have to think about that one... Perhaps I could just rent somewhere for the summer but i havent got anywhere in mind yet!

How secure can you make one of these on a trailer? I mean, would I be able to leave it outside in a works yard chained & padlocked up under a cover for instance?

I dont know if anyone's seen this, but wow! :

http://www.yamaha.co.za/default.asp?loc=news&newsid=185
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