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Old 22 May 2018, 11:26   #1
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New Purchase

Well not quite but!!

I have put a deposit down on this https://harbourmarinepwllheli.co.uk/...iant-v400-rib/

So long as there is nothing wrong with it which the chap assures me there isn't, I will be picking it up on Saturday and heading straight onto the water, weather permitting.
I currently have an Excel 385 with a 20hp Tohatsu which is a great little combo and although this isn't much bigger it allows for a little more fun and should be able to have a ski behind it.

Has anyone got anything to look out for or know of common problems with this or the engine? I have had a bigger boat years ago so am not a newbie by any means and can wield a spanner if needs be.

Looking forward to having some fun this bank holiday fingers crossed
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Old 22 May 2018, 12:34   #2
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We have had only good experience with Rob at harbour marine Pwllheli.
The best way to check all is as it should be is sea trial before handing over the balance, a good sea trial will show up any issues. They have there own park and launch so shouldn’t be a problem. Also ask them if all is good mechanically and structurally.
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Always ask first before you hand over £
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Old 29 May 2018, 07:49   #3
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Well, I purchased the boat on Saturday morning and an hour later was out on the water. A great little boat with a punchy ex RNLI 40hp mariner on the back, gets me up on my skis and gets us round to the next bay and pub in next to no time. Apart from the slight electrical glitch which I hope to fix for next time a perfect weekend of boating.
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Old 10 June 2018, 08:59   #4
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Nefyn by any chance?
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Old 10 June 2018, 14:17   #5
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Lovely little but not too little no hastle set up. Well done you


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Nefyn by any chance?
Correct, was there this weekend, fantastic weather and the sea was like a millpond.

Had some great fun with the boat again, pub trips, fishing and skiing
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I thought so, I saw you launching down there on Saturday.
I was down there with our orange Valiant 490dr just by the cottages at the end.
Glad you enjoyed your trip out. You can’t beat that stretch of coast on a nice day.
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Yes, I saw yours, so you were staying at Jane's cottage?
We have a boathouse, next to the yellow digger!!!
It is a cracking stretch of coastline and this weekend was perfect as you say and was also nice and quiet.
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Yes we were staying at Janes cottage, such a brilliant location, especially if you have a boat. So easy to launch and recover.
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Yes, it is a cracking location easy and safe to launch so long as you avoid the soft sand!!
Was that your first visit?
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