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Old 22 November 2009, 14:28   #31
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I imagine if the Old Spice had been in gear when this happened someone could have been in for the ride of their life
That made me chuckle
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Old 22 November 2009, 14:46   #32
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Old 22 November 2009, 15:04   #33
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That was the original plan - she was going to be blocked off at Trafalgar Wharf for the winter, but as I said things move on, John (Lurcher) needed his trailer, Tim M's business plans and connections with Kings Marine altered, and the cost of having her craned out, blocked off, and stored at Trafalgar was not dis-similar to having her in a winter berth at Haslar, where I can at least pop down to her to stop her filling with water etc.

I'm investigating various options, but am currently working in Falmouth with "disadvantaged" kids until at least the 2nd December, so can't do much until I'm back!
Hi Jimbo sorry to hear of your woes but if anything changes I know I'm new on here but I live very near Trafalger Wharf, if you did need to move it there I would be more than happy to keep an eye on it for you.
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Old 24 November 2009, 10:42   #34
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Hi All, thanks for messages of support and advice, especially those recieved via e-mail and PM. Some of you I haven't even met, and your kindness is uplifting. I'll respond to you all in due course - I'm still bouncing around the English Channel with Cornwalls finest until the weekend at the earliest!

I also need to apologise to Nasher a bit too - he is one of the most supportive people on RibNet, and has helped me with advice and support (most notably completely rebuilding at a fraction of the cost a trailer for Greyhound, my old RibTec 585) - he didn't deserve my emotional response to be directed at him!

Truth is, I'm as sad as anyone about Old Spice - the suggestion that I've let her get in this state is probably fair - I could have sold her on when I was offered a fair price over a year ago. However, I love that boat, and will be so sad the day I have to sell her - my heart wants me to hang on and get her going again.
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Old 24 November 2009, 10:51   #35
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Hang on in there that man - having only just got our little toy I can't imagine having to part with her regardless of what needed doing - I think when you find a boat that you are happy with and have spent time with then letting them go must be pretty tough ... so don't

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Old 24 November 2009, 12:17   #36
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As you are only too well aware of my views on Pwerboat Instructors needing expeience, I won't bang on about it here but, I wonder if you'd agree with me that a PBI needs to be able to prove a degree of mechanical and boatkeeping competence. Perhaps the RYA should set up a course for petrol engine maintenance as well as diesel (or better still an exam) and maybe those courses should be a pre requisite prior to a PBI course.
I'm with you on that, when I did my PBI course I was surprised at how clueless some of the candidates were about engines...
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Sorry to hear about your boat Jimbo..hope everything is sorted out soon.
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Old 25 November 2009, 06:13   #38
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This can smetimes happen when there is a really bad failure and the engine starts dragging engine oil into the cylinders. I have seen this happen on freelander and it was quite a scary experience, the engine revved its nuts off and the guy jumped out of the car in the middle of cheltenham with the ignition keys in his hand

He just had to stand there and wait until the engine very suddenly stopped with a very nasty banging noise as it all let go.

Not a nice experience and I imagine if the Old Spice had been in gear when this happened someone could have been in for the ride of their life
Have witnessed this too on a Peugeot 306. The engine was screaming, loads of smoke and eventually caught fire. Also heard it's a distinct possibility if you rebuild the Bosch fuel pump on most Audi turbo-diesels, which is why they can justify the 1k+ new part!
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Have witnessed this too on a Peugeot 306. The engine was screaming, loads of smoke and eventually caught fire.

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Oh I think we will see her back in action again

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