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Old 19 January 2015, 08:24   #11
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We have had it checked out by Macmillan head office, they are fully aware of what we intend to do.

I have off shore experience in a 14ft Shakespeare and various ribs (although I know the boat isnt a rib)

We are fully aware its going to be hard, but thats what makes it a challenge isn't it?

Will post about the rebuild, but heres what we plan to do to the boat.
-increase the free-board by 3 inches
-add extra buoyancy in the hull
-re-enforce the hull with added stringers

The route we have on the website is only a draft one, we might still change it!

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Old 19 January 2015, 11:06   #12
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I really wouldn't attempt it in that small speedboat but I wish you all the best and for calm seas.

You are both working at sunseeker as apprenticies arn't you ? Why not try and butter them up, what with all the negative press about sunseeker *** Words removed by Admin *** would have thought they would jump at the chance of a worthy cause helping the old brand image and free PR ? Surely they could fund/sponser the boat and fuel and kit entirely and get a semi decent Rib of 7M + (plenty of good examples for sale around poole and christchurch).

Then that would be a good reason to sing and dance on the quayside (sorry could not help myself, relates to a recent negative news article about sunseeker).

All the best anyway and let us all know as your building how its going, I may have some stuff kicking around my garage, I will look at the weekend.
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Old 19 January 2015, 11:26   #13
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Only Bill is at Sunseekers now, I'm working for Poole Boat Services.

We have tried Sunseeker in the past for sponsorship but we had no joys, we will try again in the next few weeks.

Thanks for offering to have a look in your garage it is really helpful.

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Old 19 January 2015, 11:27   #14
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Is it the boat on your facebook page you plan to use?
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Old 19 January 2015, 11:34   #15
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No, we have another boat to use now, that boat is far too small!
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Old 19 January 2015, 12:59   #16
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Realistically, have you got someone paying for your fuel? It's not a cheap trip to make.
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Old 20 January 2015, 02:46   #17
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I think thats the hard part - getting the funding for fuel separate from the actual charity fund.

I would happily throw a few quid in the bucket for the charity, but not so happy about my hard earned money paying the fuel for you to have a 'jolly'
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Old 20 January 2015, 02:59   #18
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Yamaha did this in three small speed boats back in the late 60's early 70's as a promotional voyage.. Our very own Bill Brown was on the trip and I always remember the story of them leaving Ramsgate in crap conditions, the boat capsizing, being towed back into Ramsgate drained out and them setting off again a couple of hours later. There is no reason with good weather and a reasonable amount of good seamanship why this trip cannot be done but you will need big bucks to make it happen. It could take a week or three months, who knows? Alan P
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Old 20 January 2015, 07:08   #19
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You're right Alan, it was a fletcher run thing, I had a fletcher zingaro that was used as the chase boat, wish I still had it


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Old 20 January 2015, 08:20   #20
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Guess you have to make sure there are no chinks in your armour so to speak - every possible scenario is considered and mitigated , redundancy of systems and everything is running as it should all the time and fix it as soon as it doesn't so it doesn't escalate.

Good luck. Look forward to seeing you leave Poole & more so getting back in.
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