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Old 26 April 2015, 11:25   #91
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Good to see you made it on the water. Throw some guide poles on the trailer and it will make backing up the trailer 100 times easier since you will be able to see them. They sell a kit at WM but you can also make your own with about $10 worth of PVC pipe.

So how does that console feel? Nice and solid?
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Old 26 April 2015, 13:14   #92
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Console is pretty solid. I can grab it and shake the boat on the trailer without the console flexing or anything.

I practiced a lot of backing up today in a parking lot. I found it easiest if I look into the side mirror and use my boat letters as a guide. But without the boat on the trailer I need something else as a guide. I already bought a set of guide posts from Amazon. Will try to install them before the next water outing.
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Old 29 April 2015, 14:24   #93
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Very cool!

+1 for guide poles...they make landing the boat on the bunks a lot easier. I use them as a pivot point when I'm trying to land my boat perpendicular to the current of the river.

I'll be curious to know what performance testing reveals.
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Old 08 May 2015, 01:35   #94
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More misadventures :-)

We took the boat to Alviso a.k.a. the City of the Stink, and had a fun time in the Alviso Slough.


Anyway, we got relaxed after a while, and my two friends started eating their lunch, at which point I promptly grounded the boat. The motor was stuck in mud, and the tell-tale stopped peeing. I shut off the motor immediately to avoid overheating, used a paddle to unstuck the boat, and dropped the anchor to keep the boat at deeper water.

While my friends kept eating their lunch and laughing at me, unaware of the possibility that they might have to paddle the boat back for 2 miles, I frantically slapped the water intake with a sock soaked in water to clean the mud. I also used a beverage straw to clear out mud from the tell-tale outlet. Thank goodness that only blowing was required, not sucking ....

With the motor back in order, we went out for a short spin on the bay. On the way back, we went over a part that was pretty shallow, and the motor hit a big sting ray lying on the bottom. I was sitting at the bow looking backwards, and saw a huge wing flapping in the boat's wake. That was quite a scene.

Back on land, we flushed the motor for a good while. Today, I flushed the motor again with a garden hose and the pee seemed pretty strong. Hopefully this means I don't have to open up the lower unit and clean out the water impeller.

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Motor should be fine. Don't be too embarrassed, I did the same thing with my first SIB going around Alameda. Got the motor stuck in the mud big time. I also slammed the skeg into a large rock at about 20mph on the way to Napa. Surprisingly the motor didn't break.

So how do you like it so far? Keep us updated if you do any fishing trips. I just bought a pole and am trying to learn how to fish. Tried going for Halibut but all we caught were bat rays
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Nice job. Enjoyed the posts. What would you do different next time?
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Old 18 August 2015, 22:41   #97
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Nice job. Enjoyed the posts. What would you do different next time?
Overall, I am pretty happy so far -- granted I have done only 4 trips and my motor is still 4 hours, so haven't tested full speed yet.

One thing I would have done differently is to skip the cooler seat to save weight on the back. The console is pretty good for driving standing up. Also, for fishing, there would be much more space without the seat.

If the bow tips up too much, I'll probably add a fin to the motor to lift the stern. Not sure yet. Will do that after the 10 hour motor break-in period.

Of course, I already wish I had a bigger boat, but I guess that's a whole different story :-)
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Of course, I already wish I had a bigger boat, but I guess that's a whole different story :-)
2Foot-itis. Happens no matter what size boat you buy.

Congrats on getting out. How was the water down Alviso way? Never been there (and frankly, not really seeing much reason to go.)

Oh, and on the mud grounding thing, I did the same my first time out with the SIB, by getting too close to the channel markers coming out of San Leandro. Went from about 9 feet in the middle to about 6 inches at the markers. Mud isn't too much of a problem as it washes out easily. Gravel and sand can stay in there for a while.

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Thanks for the detailed write-up and pictures. It's very helpful.

I'm planning to upgrade my SIB to a RIB for next season and trying to decide whether to buy a decked-out version or get empty platform(like you) and then build up on it.
Does going DIY route provided substantial saving?

I spent significant amount of time designing and building my own trailer and electric hoist for the whole thing that lifts it to my garage ceiling. Unfortunately I haven't tracked the cost of every little thing, so I'm debating for myself if DIY route offers any saving.

My garage configuration restricts me to RIBs that cannot exceed 14ft and 800lb. However because it will need to be suspended, height is also important for me.

Do you know the weight of your rig?
What about height (when boat is on trailer) from the ground to the highest point (excluding antennae)?

It should give me a good idea what I should expect. Although I fear I may have to design my own console to keep the height within limits.
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I was wondering if I should do the ocean 460 if you think the 430 a little small? I was thinking maybe a small leaning post instead of a seat. Maybe even one I could pull out of the base for more deck space when not needed
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