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Old 04 July 2005, 05:56   #1
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Just as things were going well –

Got the boat out of the garage yesterday, lifted the front of the trailer up as I have to do this to clear the A frame on the garage door , heard loads of fluid coming the back drain hole, funny I though as I spent ages cleaning it and drying it off before I last put it away - turns out one
of my 22litre tanks has somehow leaked all the mixture of very slippery 2 stroke and fuel in the console all over the deck- spent an hour rinsing everything out, bloody fuel has ruined the shape of my nicely cut flooring as well and has warped it ,launched it anyway once it had been aired for a long time, which all the hatches and vents open – started fine as usual on the other tank -

a quick blast to the forts and back in to the harbour to experiment with the reinstall of the “dolefins” on the cavitation plate – to my horror the starboard tube went completely flat, and got very starboard heavy,
obviously backed off the throttle and had a nose, the seam on the rear nose cone that goes round has come apart was sporting a massive hole and was getting bigger with the water passing in to it, and collected water in it like a big bucket causing some water to come in over the transom at the back, luckily I was able to limp it back wheeling nearly all the way back to the slip – I reckon I’d be having more serious issues in the chop if I was in the solent -

Do you reckon it can be fixed? Pics to follow

ps: on another note, just to be vigilant, someone nicked my mates 4hp aux from the back of his fishing boat at the weekend at the ECA marina -
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Old 04 July 2005, 14:47   #2
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Ollyit,

Too bad about the 2 stroke oil leak. I hate those kinds of messes.

How do your doelfins work? What has it changed about the performance of your boat? (top end speed, hole shot, efficiency) I'm curious because I had a pair on my first rib and it not only didn't help but dragged my speed down by 1 mph. Curious to get your take.

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Old 04 July 2005, 16:32   #3
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Hi Ollyit,
Sorry to hear about your weekend problems but main point you got back safe.Give Hightower a call he used a mobile tube repair man down your way who may be able to help.
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Old 04 July 2005, 17:29   #4
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absolutley neal thanks - safety first without a doubt
Boatster - i'll post tomorrow about my thoughts on the dolefins, in the meantime heres the pics, going to bed after this I'm knackered!

thanks guys for all ur help
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Old 04 July 2005, 18:04   #5
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Have a word with Ron Hale Marine, (023 9273 2985,) when I bought my cleats from them, they said if I had probs attaching them, they would do it..
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Old 04 July 2005, 18:14   #6
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Oh the horror!!! Sorry to see your tubes damaged like that. I thought you just had a leak or something. Hope you get that fixed easily enough

btw: be sure to reglue that Avon patch on before you completely lose it. It'd be a crying shame to lose your emblem of pride.
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Old 05 July 2005, 08:42   #7
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Boatster - I think im not going to bother with the dolefins, as its making the problem of the leaning to port come back

kidnly been given a set of smart tabs like yours from jackeen cheers mate, cant wait to install them based on your earlier posts and what you said
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Old 05 July 2005, 09:12   #8
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Whoops a daisy. Exactly the same happened to me about 2 weeks ago. Details of my post

Hope this helps.

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Old 05 July 2005, 09:34   #9
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bit bloody scary isnt it - taking on loadsa water over the back - my bilge pump was going ape!
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Old 05 July 2005, 09:54   #10
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Olly

Try Stephen-RIB. He travels out of Bosham.
He stuck the outer strap back on mine last year and, much to his supprise, it is still almost stuck.

Another is Messenger Marine at Woodmancote just north of Southbourne.
He repairs tubes, life rafts and life jackets, and should be up to the job. 01243 379441

I think it might be worth removing the cone and then re-attaching it rather than just gluing the bit that has come loose.
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