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Old 17 April 2005, 16:39   #1
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Maiden Voyage

We didn't sink, get stranded nor even break anything, so a smashing success, I'd say! A glorious sunny day, mid to upper 60's F, light breeze and not a clould in the sky. Perfect day for our maiden voyage! Had to tow the boat over to Salem, MA as a 1345 low tide made the local ramps unuseable. After not having the $5 USD ramp fee, my wife and 5 year old smiled and we were waved on And the gent collecting the fee liked our boat

My first ever ramp launching was entirely uneventful. However, once the car and trailer were parked, we had a bit of trouble getting the old 80 Merc 4 cylinder to fire. Just as I was about to go begging for a spark plug wrench, it fired up and idled smoothly, yet a bit fast. After a few restarts to be sure it would be okay, we shoved off, idled out of the harbor and throttled up. With the Smart Tabs fitted, the boat just lifted right up onto a plane, with no bow rise to speak of. Neat!

We scooted around the point into Marblehead harbor, watched some sailboat Team Racing, and the motor died when I shifted into neutral With dozens of spectators on the porch of the host Yacht Club Got it restarted, and learned that I must not have the throttle cable properly adjusted, as it would stall as I throttle back from the higher neutral throttle required to restart... We escaped with our dignity without resorting to the oars, nor needing assitance. Idled back out of Marblehead, and throttled up again to head across Salem Sound to Beverly harbor. Found the mooring bouy for my sailboat, waved to some folks at the porch of our Yacht Club, and headed back to Salem, with my wife at the helm. She docked the boat, and we had an uneventful retreival, despite the growth and steepness of the ramp. The '97 Saab turbo convertible with the limited slip differential did the job quite nicely, despite the fact that every other trailer in the park was hitched to an SUV or pickup truck

Wife Maureen and 5 year old daughter Dana thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did I! I have a bit of tweaking to do: adjust the throttle cables, adjust the trim tabs to allow a touch more bow up, figure out why the tachometer isn't working, replace the trim switch for the motor. The only bad news was that we used at least 4 gallons of fuel for 2 hours on the water

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Old 17 April 2005, 17:13   #2
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Nice pics! Glad to hear you all had a good time and looking forward to those action shots next time!
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Old 17 April 2005, 18:46   #3
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The weather looks great - bit different here at the moment - here being about 20 miles from the Avon factory where your Searider was made - Llanelli in South Wales.

What you moaning about the fuel for??? We have to pay $6.38 per gallon(adjusted for us/imperial)!!!!!!
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Old 18 April 2005, 11:44   #4
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Ramp Fees!!!

Dc,
they charge you ramp fees up there!!
See, you need to move to california (my boys need a playmate! )
No fees here,(just the highest price gas in the country ) Although having just returned from a UK trip I have to agree with codprawn ,that we are getting off easy over here.
Glad to hear you are out there enjoying yourselves,
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Old 18 April 2005, 11:51   #5
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California?? No WAY!! The People's Republic of Massachusetts has moer than enough fruits and nuts for me!

I know, we still have inexpensive fuel here in the US, even though we're at record high prices for us. I've been to Cowes and driven across the Great Britain, and parts of Europe, so I wasn't really meaning to complain about the price of fuel, just the sheer quantity consumed for a few hours fun. I won't likely use that much fuel all season in the auxillary on my sailboat, so it was a bit remarkable to me!
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Old 18 April 2005, 13:39   #6
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"fruits and nuts" eh??? Whats wrong with Californains again???

Nice to see your boat is up and running. I remember watching that boat go up on Ebay.
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California?? No WAY!! The People's Republic of Massachusetts has moer than enough fruits and nuts for me!

I know, we still have inexpensive fuel here in the US, even though we're at record high prices for us. I've been to Cowes and driven across the Great Britain, and parts of Europe, so I wasn't really meaning to complain about the price of fuel, just the sheer quantity consumed for a few hours fun. I won't likely use that much fuel all season in the auxillary on my sailboat, so it was a bit remarkable to me!

Just be greatfull you aren't running a 225hp engine - from what people say you will use 15gph!!!
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Old 19 April 2005, 10:05   #8
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"fruits and nuts" eh??? Whats wrong with Californains again???

Nice to see your boat is up and running. I remember watching that boat go up on Ebay.

I actually like California, it's just too easy to poke fun! I'm just not sure I could endure all that sunshine. Being a New Englander, there's a certain amount of suffering required in life. For instance, everyone around here is all confused by the Red Sox actually winning a championship. It's just one of those things we're conditioned to accept: the weather sucks, the Red Sox loose to the Yankees, or in the Series... I think the Brits understand this sort of misery

It is nice that the boat is finally running. It's mid 70's and sunny today, and I'd be very tempted to play hookey and go out again if I didn't have meetings scheduled most of the day. Though I really must clean the carbs before I go out again, as that's actually the most likely culprit for the hard starting and bad idling. It's one of those things I've just got to learn how to do... Oh, and maybe buy a bigger fuel tank!!
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