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Old 18 November 2009, 14:43   #1
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Old Spice's dirty bottom...

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I'll be along trying to hide in the back of one of Tim M's ribs :-)
So Wheres Old Spice then? A Christmas cruise without the old girl won't be the same.
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Old 19 November 2009, 02:52   #2
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So Wheres Old Spice then? A Christmas cruise without the old girl won't be the same.
Still in Haslar Marina. The engine suffered a catastrophic failure a while back - to quote the mechanic "she ran away with herself, sucking in fuel and air like crazy, and was doing about 14,000RPM when she failed."

I've found another Mermaid engine for a good price, but the trouble is for a credit crunch strapped freelance instructor, a good price is only good if you have the money in the bank!

Oh well, Adrenaline Sailing and it's former owner Dr Smith are in court with me next week, if I win that one, it's new engine here we come
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jimbo, i'm interested in what caused your old girl to run away so to speak, i've had the same on a yamaha 240 sti and found that we had blown the turbo, it ran flat out on engine oil
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"she ran away with herself, sucking in fuel and air like crazy, and was doing about 14,000RPM when she failed."
How fast was she going at the time?
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jimbo, i'm interested in what caused your old girl to run away so to speak, i've had the same on a yamaha 240 sti and found that we had blown the turbo, it ran flat out on engine oil
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure. This was a little while ago, and somebody else was using her at the time - Tim M may be able to shed some light on it as he is the one that liased with the mechanics. I do know that the turbo was ruined in the process.

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How fast was she going at the time?
Again not a clue - she used to do 29kts flat out with that propellor - and tended to be run fairly flat out.
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I do know that the turbo was ruined in the process.
Bummer. That turbo isn't a special mermaid turbo. The lump is essentially from a ford d300 7.5t truck. Apart from the marinisation components and mayne hardened rocker stuff and valves I suspect everything else engine wise (inc Turbo) would be available from a truck breaker at a lot cheaper priice than marine sources.
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It will need more than Three Wise Men to get Old Spice going by then , when I pulled her out at Camber she looked like the Great Barrier reef and there was even a tiny lobster in the exhaust port !
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Blimey Lurcher, Me Tinks you might be out with out with the jet washer this weekend!!
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She was sat on her trailer a few weeks ago when we launched at the camber for the SR cruise, and had already been cleaned off.

It's a bit sad that you let her get so bad Jimbo.

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