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Old 09 September 2004, 15:59   #21
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God, you'll be asking for a T shirt next so I'll pre-empt you................
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Old 09 September 2004, 16:58   #22
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God, you'll be asking for a T shirt next so I'll pre-empt you................
Think you are going to get a slap...... very funny though
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Old 09 September 2004, 22:58   #23
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float plan

Boatster,
interested in how you post a float plan with the US. coast Guard.
I am just taking the Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course and this point came up. Right on the float plan handout it states "do not file with the USCG." but instead with a reliable friend or person at the Marina(If applicable).
Seems the coast guard have there hands full and don't have the manpower to keep track of individuals.
But that apart, good luck with your trip; I may see you out there one of these days (are you heading for Catalina?)
If you havn't taken the Aux. course its free and get lots of useful info.
Its an 8 week course that covers :
which boat/equipment/trailering/handling/navigation/rules/inland boating and other considerations.(The course handbook and exam is $20.00 so good value).
cheers Dal
PS. sent you private message, hope it got through
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Old 10 September 2004, 00:30   #24
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Limeydal,

that is a good idea to take the Aux classes I might just do that some time. Thats very troubling information to hear that the USCG won't save me!!! I guess I'm going to have to rely on friends. Let me see if I can scrounge any up . I'm also planning on gettting a BoatUS towing membership just in case my motor fails.

As of now I'm dying with impatience for this one last part needed to get my boat going.
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Old 10 September 2004, 01:31   #25
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Limeydal,

. I'm also planning on gettting a BoatUS towing membership just in case my motor fails.

As of now I'm dying with impatience for this one last part needed to get my boat going.
I was going to suggest you got a small auxillary motor but I should think boat US membership will be lighter to carry.

The Avon is very seaworthy so flotation shouldn't be a problem. Good luck with your Journey
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Old 10 September 2004, 04:43   #26
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Boatster, you have got the same boat as me, a Avon 4m Supersport. I have had mine out in rough weather and it can best be described as lively! The trick is to get some weight up front to keep the nose down ( I have a 25 litre fuel tank strapped under my front cover.) Mine has a Suzy 40HP on it so it is a bit stern heavy so the weight at the front lets it land flat when airborne.
I too wish in some ways that I had waited for a searider but a flooding searider with a 30HP is unlikely to pull a skier or a wakeboarder up but with my supersport I managed to pull a speedboat onto the plane!

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Old 10 September 2004, 06:36   #27
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Having read through the threads now, the following is the conclusion I have reached:
your boat is fine and properly equiped
you are not an idiot, you know what you are doing, and therefore.....
as someone once said "The only thing you have to fear, is fear itself".
Get your boat ready and do all the necessaries for your trip. Clench a lit Marlboro twixt your lips, steel your jaw, and head for the islands. You'll be there in under an hour and wonder what all the fuss is about. Tell us about your short trip when you get back.
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Old 11 September 2004, 00:43   #28
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Well thanks everyone. I'm already feeling much more confident in my boat now that you've affirmed its sea ability. After I get her going I will post up pics of my adventures on the high seas. Until then

Oh I'll also be installing a 500 gpm bilge pump for who knows what might come over the bow unexpectedly. I hope this is necessary.... Its so fun to accessorise. I'm going to have a lighted toggle switch too
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Boatster,

You can stop all this nancying-around with lighted toggle switches etc. RIGHT NOW.

Square your jaw man, fix your steely gaze on the horizon, and PUT THE HAMMER DOWN!!

And I want you to post those pictures asap!
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Old 11 September 2004, 23:06   #30
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Aw come on, you know we all do it! Admit it you've done it at some point too. If you say no, your a liar. All those cool controls on your dash make you feel more manly .

But, yes, I will square my jaw, fix my steely gaze on the horizon, and put the hammer down. Arrr
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