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Old 08 April 2015, 06:17   #81
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What's wrong with the UK? Cold fingers? :-)
Exactly. I do not recall ever seeing a bare stainless wheel on a UK RIB. I am envious of your weather where you do not have to worry about such things
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Old 08 April 2015, 09:17   #82
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Good build. nice one
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Old 11 April 2015, 02:23   #83
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Close to the end game now. Hooked up the fish finder with the motor using an NMEA 2000 network

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I can see the motor has 0 hour 12 minutes on it, probably testing by the factory or by the dealer. I haven't turned on the motor myself yet.

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Here's the network, with 3 wires - power, fish finder and motor. I will mount it on the inner walls of the console.

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The motor side of the NMEA cables. Suzuki really messed up by using so many cables that are so long. Given this is a newly designed motor, they should have the whole NMEA support built into the motor.

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Old 24 April 2015, 22:55   #84
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Took the boat to the water for the first time. Everything went OK --

Well, not quite. I didn't lock the hitch coupler correctly, and the hitch fell off when I was doing 60mph on the freeway! Anyway, I was able to slow down and stop on the side of the road.

The bottom of the trailer's tongue had a metal bracket that probably was designed to protect the tongue in this case -- well it worked. The bracket made a long scratch on the freeway, and part of it melted, but the tongue itself, and the tongue jack, was not damaged.

My friend and I were scared to death, but such a small incidence was not enough to stop our boat launch. So we hitched up the trailer, this time to make sure that it was locked in place. And we went to Redwood City to launch the boat.

The boat drive itself was uneventful. I had to limit the rev to under 3000rpm since the motor is still in break-in period.

When we recovered the boat we couldn't back down the trailer straight into the water. After a few times we gave up and winched the boat in while the trailer was jackknifed.

If you think this was fun enough, well it wasn't. We managed to lock ourselves out of the car, with the car's engine running, and a tide coming in. We called my insurance company and someone came to unlock the car, when the water rose to about 1 inch below my car's tail pipe.

So, I will call this a successful event!
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Here's a "how hard could it be?" moment.

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Anyhoo, I am now officially ribbed. Yay!
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Sure makes for a good story!

(we need pics from on the water!)
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Old 24 April 2015, 23:36   #88
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We didn't take a whole lot of photos, as we focused on making mistakes ...

We did take a video to prove the boat actually floated ....

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well now that you got all that out of the way...

glad everything worked out. I have found that when I am running around doing boat or trailer stuff I usually roll a window down, never locked out and it's easier to hear people yell if you miss something.

First time I took my first rib to Monterrey after breaking it in at the lakes I forgot there are swells at the boat ramp, put a few inches of water in the back of my minivan.

a good tip when i was learning trailers was to hold the steering wheel at the bottom, move hand right trailer goes right, left left. helps make it easier when you start to stress.

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By the way, while we were waiting for the tide to kill my van's engine, a cop drove by and stayed in the shade for his donut time. Luckily the boat was too low in the ramp so he didn't see it. Otherwise he might have given us a ticket for blocking traffic.

We picked a quiet day and no one else was using the launch ramp. A few canoers were amused by the the scene, though.
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