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Old 26 April 2004, 15:37   #11
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Here is my tip for the day.......

Get a cover and make sure the sun stays off the tubes while you leave it standing. The sun is nasty, causes damage and fading. Keeping it covered will help your boat stay in good shape. Also make sure the cover does not flap on the engine inthe wind, after time the paint can be removed.

On another point we go out a lot in the Solent, weekends and also on evening and night trips. I would be happy to have you along to help you get use to the area. I am also at ECA if you decide that leaving the boat on your drive is not ideal. Its a good club, good storage, reasonable price.
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Old 26 April 2004, 16:58   #12
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Thanks Andy

I ordered the Bombard full cover (quite expensive though..) coz i figured the same regarding the sun damage. The tubes are white so I hpe the fading will be slight.

Where do ECA keep the boats? Is it a locked area and do they have full tide access??

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Old 26 April 2004, 17:45   #13
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ECA is a locked compound. Boats are generally on trailers. They have an all states of the tide slip with 2 winches for launch and recovery. However the launch can be into moving water as the tide rips past there, but its manageable. There is an onsite club house, bar, food as well as workshops. It's a club so many people often potter about down there messing with boats. I would be happy to meet you down there to show you about and have a chat about the place.
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Old 01 May 2004, 16:51   #14
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Hi Andy

Took a look at the ECA today. Looks quite nice with friendly people willing to talk about boat launching etc.

Yes, would welcome an accompianied visit, when would be a good time for you?

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Old 10 June 2004, 13:55   #15
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OK, the new rib arrived last weekend and I am still smiling in my sleep! I am dropping in one last forum note just to advise other possible newbies of what I did wrong (even after all the good advice).

When launching, do not allow the boat to simply slide off the trailer without any constraint in speed. I thought the rear sections would have enough bouyancy to prevent the hull grounding whilst slipping off the trailer. I was wrong and I now have a gelcote repair to carry out on the hull/transom!

Keeping an eye on the depth will not prevent you grounding the outboard skeg when creek crawling as there are occasional v. shallow areas which do not show on the fish finder!

Luckily I have not done any serious damage with either of these mishaps and my cost to repair will be under 20.00, but it may have been worse....

One last thing, avoid launching at Hayling Island (Western End) on a late Sunday afternoon. This way you will avoid the entire population of Romford recovering their jetskis!

Again, thanks for all the advice, and in my quest for a couple of photos of my boat on the plane, is anyone interested in a dual boat trip somewhere/sometime?

Doug

PS My family have now named the boat RIBBIT with the two Bs back to back (very hard to type)
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Old 10 June 2004, 17:59   #16
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If only you had looked on www.boatlaunch.co.uk before going out to launch, you would have had a good idea of what to expect. Sounds like you had a great time and it only gets better from here.
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Old 10 June 2004, 18:03   #17
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Luckily I have not done any serious damage with either of these mishaps and my cost to repair will be under 20.00, but it may have been worse....
Don't worry, give it a couple of months and you will be an old salt, dispensing advice left right and center. Maybe even getting some credability points
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