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Old 20 August 2005, 12:25   #11
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Finished!!!!

Finished at last-unfortunately too late to go out today so I'm going to be in Poole harbour 1st thing in the morning... Can't wait!

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Old 20 August 2005, 15:17   #12
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Nice one mate, been working on my sr4 2day aswell.. bloody knackered!
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Old 21 August 2005, 19:16   #13
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WOW.... it worked!

Just got home and it looks like I've done everything right...
Went about 4 miles out off Swanage and did a bit of fishing but failed totally to catch anything yet again...
Only teething problem is that the engine kill stopped working-just a bad contact somewhere but something that'll have to be sorted out ASAP as it meant the kill lanyard stopped working too. Not good.
The flooding hull system is a bit odd-its very hard to keep below the speed limits in the harbour because at 6 knots the flooding chamber slowly empties and she starts to plane-then gets to 15 knots-with no change in throttle. The holeshot's a bit slow because of it too-I think I'll have to block the flooding chamber off.
I can see why boatster uses the smart tabs on his now.
It's pretty good on fuel. We were running for at least 5 hours and only burned about 30 litres-Cheers for selling me the engine Biggles! Most of that wasn't at WOT though as the sea was 3' or so and it was getting a bit hairy once we passed 20 knots and with the lanyard not working I didn't want to play too hard.
Got some pics too but with a waterproof disposable camera. I'll post some when they come back from developing.

Oh yeah.... guess who forgot the plug... We had to use a piece of neoprene from a car window scraper instead...
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Old 21 August 2005, 23:21   #14
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Looking good mate! Top job. I've done a similar thing to my tornado but it's taken me 4 years and I'm still not finished!
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Old 22 August 2005, 04:35   #15
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I'm not finished with either mate, loads to do, how was the handling with a 50hp on it then?
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Old 22 August 2005, 04:55   #16
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Looks really good.... how do you fancy doing up my searider ) I've still got the old bucket seats.

Top wack on our Searider with a honda 50 on the back is just over 29 knots
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Old 22 August 2005, 05:30   #17
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How much money you got....?!

I'd be quite willing to if I had the space... but it'd cost ya...

29 knots with a honda? I'm surprised at that. I had 30 knots out of mine yesterday (33mph on GPS at high tide in 2' swell) and I suspect it'll improve once I fix and install the PTT.That was with 50 litres of fuel aboard. Maybe it's to do with weight distribution?-almost all of mine is in the centre console now.I'm surprised I'm getting more speed with a late 80's 4cyl merc/mariner.

Handling didn't seem bad at all-but like I said earlier the flooding hull is going to go. It's a bit annoying the way the bow points skywards as the water drains out-and that planing thing is going to get me a speeding fine in Poole if I'm not careful.
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Old 23 August 2005, 11:52   #18
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We had two up, and quite a full tank.. of course it seems faster when youre sitting right down in the bucket seats right next to the water..
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Old 23 August 2005, 13:14   #19
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Only just seen this thread - well done. It took two of us over a week to acheive similar progress when we were fitting out the osprey.

Do you have plans (space?) to fit the VHF into the console? From experience it would be a good move, despite best efforts contacts fail when exposed like they are when externally mounted on a RIB.
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Old 23 August 2005, 13:45   #20
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vhf-console etc

No-there's not room and it's kept in storage so I can't really leave it on when not in use unfortunately. I've covered the contacts in corrosion-block and the vhf and fishfinder are apparently waterproof anyway...though only time will tell on that one!
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