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Old 31 January 2013, 15:46   #31
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Looking good. That keel protector will stand some abuse!

Are the tubes blue with grey second layer on the tops?

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The keel guard I believe is a standard on Gemini 850 hull, but had not seen the size till now. As you say great protection and even direction!

The tubes are grey and blue additions which were being worked on yesterday/today. Hope to have final look later or at worst tomorrow as shipping is then
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Old 31 January 2013, 16:04   #32
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I've seen the keel protectors on 730 and 550's I've used before for training/safety boat work. They are pretty tough!

Tubes should be tough as well if they are double thickness in most places.

Those boats are built like tanks and handle really well.

Looks like it will be mighty impressive when its finished. Can we come and see it come out the box when it arrives!

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Old 31 January 2013, 16:16   #33
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Hope to do sea trials , will let u know dates in March
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Old 01 February 2013, 05:27   #34
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Hows this for a strength test on the hull

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Old 01 February 2013, 11:51   #35
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Twin tanks!! only 400 litres to play with

Boat now ready for shipping with tubes complete. Container being loaded today in SA.
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Raymarine Electronics package

Finally settled electronics package for 850 yesterday. I have chosen the E9 series chartplotter with AIS and I70 instrumentation with fast boat depth finder.
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Very nice. What was it that sold you on the Ray kit over say, Lowrance or Charmin Garmin?

Personally I like the Navionics cartography. What do you see as being the big advantage of linking into the iphone and ipad?
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Very nice. What was it that sold you on the Ray kit over say, Lowrance or Charmin Garmin?

Personally I like the Navionics cartography. What do you see as being the big advantage of linking into the iphone and ipad?
I was torn between Garmin as used these for years, but also a colleague put them on his last year and they are good. VHF on Raymarine are rubbish still but their systems otherwise have been brought forward very well. So as this has more user options inc the App links I went for this as will be the new charter RIB 2013 and wanted to put a full package together with each supplier.

The links offered I think will enable me to download routes from the day onto phone app and then download at office/home to send clients. Saves taking out the card each time. I am still reading the options available

Since their changes three years ago I beieve they have come on in leaps and bounds on this kit. Garmin was my second choice eventually.
Still putting an ICOM boat VHF aboard.
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The keel guard I believe is a standard on Gemini 850 hull, but had not seen the size till now. As you say great protection and even direction!
I like the keel guard. Having tested the SR4 in my avatar before and after, it made a big difference (for the better) to the handling — much more sure-footed, and grips like anything. It'd be interesting to see what it's like on a much bigger boat.
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checked today new levels of equipment to be fitted. As shown earlier an E9 Raymarine chart plotter with fast depth finder on i70.
The Power steeering unit has to be fitted within the consul and then the upgraded steering hydraulic hasp
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