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Old 23 September 2013, 17:26   #31
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Lake Garda 2012 unable to get up on the plane, towing my daughters on their Ringo with a Zodiac Futura with a 30hp.

after 20 minutes of trying different techniques and different engine trim positions. wondering what is different today as the last 3 days I had no problem.

I realize the launching wheels are still in the down position.
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Old 23 September 2013, 17:31   #32
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Plus 1 for leaving the launch wheels down and wondering why its not planing properly.

Plus 1 my mate does it regularly and still forgets.

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Old 23 September 2013, 17:44   #33
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Well I always hankered after a SR!

I sort of hoped I would clear most of the water by the time I got there so I could jump out and stick the bung back in before it flooded again, but it never drained any how!
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Old 23 September 2013, 18:16   #34
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Old 23 September 2013, 18:18   #35
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+1 many times for bung in dory, including on maiden launch. Sat on jetty with old man saying, nice sea worthy dory that, now high. More like stern low!!!

He's left the trunk down on the old SR twice. Batteries are expensive if on deck and bilge pump finally gives in.
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Old 23 September 2013, 18:43   #36
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Launching at Wells (norfolk), backed down the ramp with van until rear wheels just in water applied handbrake and left engine running to ensure no chance of water ingress. released boat from winch and jumped in lowered engine and prepared to back rib off trailer. I then noticed boat is already reversing.
Van has sequential gearbox and normally with handbrake on and left in gear there is enough resistance for it to automatically engage clutch.
However a combination of boat/trailer, steep ramp and wet rear disks, and the clutch has dis-engaged and is slowly backing van down ramp with no driver attached to controls.
I leap from rib run up ramp slipping twice, finally hitting the brake pedal just as rear wheels are about to fall of end of ramp.
I drive the van back up with 500 liters of the north sea pouring out the back sighing with relief, engage handbrake, select neutral and turn off engine. Sit back in seat and sigh again with relief. Looking up and seeing I've got an audience pointing at me I think it could have been far worse. But there not pointing at me there pointing at my RIB flowing down the channel on the out going tide. On hitting the brakes I must have bumped it off the trailer. My mates 5 meter Humber assault is sitting there and he's gone off to park up. So in an attempt to save a bit of my credibility I jump into the assault back off the bank and set off after my 7 meter rib.
On my mates return he is welcomed to the view of me sitting on the tube of his boat, whilst grabbing hold of my bow d handle with one hand and steering his boat with the other wildly going in circles trying to make my way back to the ramp.

Could the day get any worse. Yes Yes Yes.
We've lost so much water with all these antics that once at the end of the channel My boat can't get over Wells bar as its to shallow with my mate over it in his assault and me bottoming out I have this crazy idea hit at WOT with engine trimmed right up and if the assault can clear in displacement I will defiantly clear on the plane.

After watching the blades of my prop go flying through the air I
threw the anchor and went out on his boat.
We'll be calling you Captain Calamity from now on

Just shows how quick things can spiral out of control.
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Old 23 September 2013, 18:46   #37
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What's with all this "left the bung out" malarkey then?

My bung's not been out for over 5 years.
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Old 23 September 2013, 20:18   #38
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This summer fishing out of Salcombe...

No luck on the bar, so head out to Stairhole for a go at the fish, drop the rods, have a smoke and a chat, nothing doing. Think its time to go and join the other boat a mile off shore. The boat just won't plane and can't understand it.... Anyway join the other boat and send the lines over the side, at this point as locals will know you are normally drifting at a fair rate with the engine off.

We're sat still and the other boat pisses off down wind and down tide, we start scratching our heads... turns out one of the boys chucked the anchor over the side in Stairhole Bay, no wonder we couldn't plane, we've just done 1.5 miles dragging a 7.5Kg anchor, 20 metres of chain and 10 metres or warp.

Cue attempt to get anchor in, I go up and red faced try to drag it in, not happening, three of us try to heave it in, results in the bow dipping and ends with me cutting the line.

Expensive mistake kissing goodbye to a stainless anchor, chain... Nothing compared to my red face for lack of seaman ship as the skipper......

Was amazed that the deck fitting took the strain.... boat sold now!
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I'm just glad that most of my cock-ups were before digital cameras, phones with cameras and YouTube!
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Old man stepped off the boat at night after a full day out, in to a black Avon inflatable. With a small puncture and the summer sun going in, there was only just enough air to keep it afloat. It wrapped him up and took him down. Could have been nasty.
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