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Old 13 July 2009, 15:17   #41
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Cheers Looks very very good indeed!
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Old 13 July 2009, 15:39   #42
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That's a very nice job mate!
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Old 13 July 2009, 16:31   #43
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Sorry i haven't the ability to include the link but there's a rebuilt 55 yam on ebay at the moment up in the lakes somewhere and the guys even fitted a power trim/tilt to it from a 75 which is the only thing they lack. Fitted an early 90's 55 on my sr4 2 years back and its been sound!
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Hi Gibbo,

That looks fantastic!

The console looks quite high - can you stand up behind it? I have the standard Avon console in mine and it's a bit low to stand up - makes you feel like a very tall jockey on an unruly horse.

You should be able to get some more speed in flat water.

My previous 4m with a 50 yam made about 37 knots.

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Old 14 July 2009, 05:29   #45
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Hi Gibbo,

That looks fantastic!

The console looks quite high - can you stand up behind it? I have the standard Avon console in mine and it's a bit low to stand up - makes you feel like a very tall jockey on an unruly horse.

You should be able to get some more speed in flat water.

My previous 4m with a 50 yam made about 37 knots.

Duncan

I can stand but as it was quite choppy spent most of the time seated. Being 6'4" i decided on this console as i felt the others were a bit on the short side.

I think i will change the steering wheel as it is rather small and does flex alot.

Was 37 knots with the standard prop with one or two passengers? I had 32.7 with 2 up but hopefully will go faster on calm water if not might have to try a different prop.

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Old 14 July 2009, 05:41   #46
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Just had another look at your pics mate. You've done a really nice job!

Is it the steering wheel or the whole thing that is flexing? If it's the whole thing maybe a bit of reinforcement behind the console would sort it.

Out of interest how much sikaflex did it take to fit the console to the deck?

And Chewy will have to get his sorted soon now
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Just had another look at your pics mate. You've done a really nice job!

Is it the steering wheel or the whole thing that is flexing? If it's the whole thing maybe a bit of reinforcement behind the console would sort it.

Out of interest how much sikaflex did it take to fit the console to the deck?

And Chewy will have to get his sorted soon now
John,

It is the steering wheel that flexes, it is a Teleflex but not robust enough when smashing the waves. Also don't get much leverage so will be looking at something slightly bigger. The only problem is i positioned the gauges based on the smaller wheel so might be obscured with the larger wheel?

Also have a Plastimo 53 litre fuel tank but is leaking fuel somewhere on the circular plate. I tried tightening up but still leaking. Maybe i will have to use an instant gasket or something. Have you had problems with your larger tank?

I am pleased with the overall result and did cost me more than anticipated but hey?
I used a complete tube of Silkaflex and secured with screws every 6 inches. Seems solid enough.

Also came across a great Bramber roller coaster trailer which i got for a snip so overall i have a really nice package which is so east to tow and launch.

Had a laugh yesterday had a few scary moments when the thing went airborne. Had my son on the back who was doing his jacket up i accelerated and he flew straight of the back of the seat luckily he didn't hurt himself...

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Old 14 July 2009, 06:13   #48
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I've not had the problem but could see how they could easily leak. Take the deck plate off the tank and make sure the rubber gasket sits inside the grove. It can be a pain to keep it in there wail you screw it back down.

Myself I wouldn't worry to much about a bigger wheel covering the gauges. If your cruising along you'll have time to peak around it, if your pelting along at WOT you'll be holding on for dear life and wont care

I asked about the sikaflex as I'll be fitting a new console to mine soon and I'm still undecided if to glass or sikaflex/screw it down.

Bet your son loves it though
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Old 14 July 2009, 06:18   #49
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I've got one of THESE on mine. Stuck a Steering knob on it too to help when coming along side pontoons.
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I've got one of THESE on mine. Stuck a Steering knob on it too to help when coming along side pontoons.
John...had one of those steering knobs on a previous boat and it corroded in 5 minutes. Yours been ok?
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