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Old 18 March 2002, 03:44   #251
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Keith,

We used our inflatables LOADS up to the end of last summer so at SOC you can meet & touch 2 other inflatable owners!

One of the things I used to love about ours was putting it up - you get this pack of plastic out of the boot of the car and presto, in next to no time you've got a boat!

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Old 18 March 2002, 04:35   #252
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Putting it up...

Sian,

Hmmm...putting it up was fun for you then?? Pffff, in theory my inflatable should be also fun to set up.

If you read the folder, you will see a happy family (usually with happy dog, children who are not whining there heads of etc.), the man with a footpump breathing life into a shiny inflatable (new!), the woman patiently holding the 15 or so Hp outboard and the children cheering around the new toy.

Reality is that I break my fingers trying to wedge the alu floor in, break my back lifting the outboard onto the transom, loose all feeling in my foot after pumping up just one of the 4 chambers.
Everyone who was with me in the car (can only be one person, as the boat, floor, outboard, fuel tank, bench and instruments and god knows what else fill up the entire car (Ford focus combi) not to speak of dive gear) is feeling ill from inhaling petrol fumes for two hours...

Not so much fun...Don't I just love my little trailer!

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Old 18 March 2002, 06:33   #253
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Eddy

Having read Sian's comments, and your reply, you can guess who it was that had to load our inflatable into the trailer, pump up the chambers, lug the outboard (25HP Mariner - not the lightest beast in the world !!!) and generally launch the boat !!

Putting our wooden floor in wasn't a major issue (4 sections for the 4.3 Metre Quicksilver), but putting in the aluminium / steel stringers to hold the floor together was a NIGHTMARE !!!!! - until we discovered the trick with the oar - then it was only a BAD DREAM !

However, we are considering buying another one - with inflatable roll up floor - just for those little trips when you cant take the RIB - but only when we can take the trailer


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Old 18 March 2002, 08:28   #254
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Hmmmmmmmm............................

Must have been Graemes 'other' woman that used to help him with the inflatable or his memory is going!!

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Old 19 March 2002, 02:27   #255
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Well, there will be no pumping need doing around the SOC - the tubes have been checked and the last coat of sealant is going on today - and she is looking mighty fine!!!
Very smart, with her new graphics and all cleaned up - nothing beats a bit of ole elbow grease.

Today, Raymarine are coming down - so the fitting of the instruments side will be done - so it's all go.

Tomorrow, we launch her at CBYC - testing out the slipway for you guys.

Catch ya later!

In the process of summarising now, so anyone else thinking of coming down, any questions?

Will keep everyone up to date till the last day anyway!
(was going to post something last night, but the computer over-heated and called it quits for the night at 01:45!)
Never mind.
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Old 19 March 2002, 06:25   #256
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Spoke to the Hanover Hotel earlier on - they still have some rooms available for us - but don't leave it till last minute as they are being booked up with other customers.

ie she is not keeping rooms for us till the last minute, we just have the option to book a number of rooms.
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Old 19 March 2002, 07:54   #257
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Is anybody going to take some pics of the "launch"?
Nadia - surely there's a digital camera as part of the Spirit team?

I'll happily post them onto the forum if there are any....
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I'll see what I can do....which means, Yes, will post picture of the launch!
Although, I will not actually be there!!
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Old 19 March 2002, 20:07   #259
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SOC send off

Nadia,

Yes of course I am keeping up with the forums !!

Unable to be in Cardiff until Sunday so will miss the party, will be arriving Sunday Morning, and will meet up with you all then.

K.
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Old 20 March 2002, 11:38   #260
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How many more days?

Nine!!!
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