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Old 02 February 2011, 17:38   #1
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Hello from new member

Just joined and thought I would say hello. Have been reading this site for years and finally decided now was a good time to pick up a bargin and buy a boat. Armed with all the great info on this site I went ahead and brought a 2007 Avon 4m adventure with snipe trailer and Mercury 50HP EFI (4 stroke) with 25 hours logged for 5K. seemed like a good deal to me and the boat is in new condition.

Took it out for the first time last week in Teignmouth which unfortunately resulted in a comedy of errors.

firstly trying to launch by myself at spring low tide was almost impossible - had to drive the Land Rover into the sea to find deep water which stressed me out to begin with.

Got her in the water and threw the anchor over to hold her whilst I put the car away & the immobiliser packed in and the Landie wouldnt start! Thankfully the tide was still going out! Waited for 10 mins for immobiliser to reset (which it did) by which time the boat was high and dry!

Put the car away in the car park and waited for the tide to turn. When it finally flooded I put the engine down and slowey drove out of the harbour! Great I thought finally out to sea in my new boat. On route I wondered why there was so much water around my feet? Not to bother I thought that will drain away later. Got out to sea and opened her up - much to my surprise the engine revs got up and the bow headed for the sky! I thought I was going to fall over board! Slowed back down and realised the hull & transom bungs where in my pocket!!!!! Opened the bow locker and discovered the hull was toppers with water. Not a great start.

There was so much water in the hull that whilst towing my boat throught the town centre water was running out of the hull for nearly 5 mins - all over the road.

So to cap it all off I have learnt some valuable lessons which hopefully wont be repeated again. I throughly enjoyed my day irrespective of the issues and cannot wait to go again. Might take my wife next time to help me launch though!

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Mark
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Old 02 February 2011, 17:55   #2
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Typical Devonian then really

Hi mark, welcome to Ribnet Look on the bright side next time will be better!
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Old 02 February 2011, 17:57   #3
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Great post Mark! And welcome to Ribnet
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Old 02 February 2011, 18:03   #4
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Plenty of time to get an RYA Powerboat course in before the summer
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Old 02 February 2011, 18:27   #5
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Welcome to ribnet Mark.

You better start looking for a replacment rear crossmember for the landie It's rusting away as I type
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Old 02 February 2011, 18:42   #6
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Hi guys and thanks for the warm welcome

I have to admit to a few very embarrassing things which will make you laugh all the more!

1 - I have a RYA level 2 power boat ticket

2 - Spent 13 years in the Royal Navy

3 - MCA certified STCW 95 class 2

Goes to show - all the gear and no idea!!!!

The Landie is so rusty I dont think there is any real metal left worth rusting :-(
I guess it wont be long before a request goes into HQ (wife) for a new one...... Watch this space..

Looking forward to sharing more of my doomed exploits in the future.

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Old 02 February 2011, 18:44   #7
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Spent 13 years in the Royal Navy
It all makes sense now
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Old 02 February 2011, 19:00   #8
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It all makes sense now
You are an excellent judge of character sir LOL
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Superb post and welcome.
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Old 03 February 2011, 06:06   #10
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Welcome to ribnet Mark

great post by the way..hope you take some pictures next time your out ..my parents used to live just out side Teignmouth for a number of years in a little place called Holcombe i keep saying i,m going back one day with the rib from what i can remember its a great part of the coast to explore

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