Welcome to 09
Launched from Knott End on Friday the 2nd. Went out to the windfarm, and then across to Piel Island, where we had the honour of being the first RIB visit of 09. Couple of pints and a curry and off we set back to Knott End. Flat out making about 28-29 knotts and.................. disaster!
Engine started to make a horrible noise, so I cut the power, and switched off. Waited a couple of mins and tried to restart, only to see smoke coming from inside. Figured it may be electrical and opened the cowling. Nope large hole in the carb manifold and it was on fire.
Fire out and another first as we had to radio the coastguard for a tow back.
I've yet to strip the engine down, bit it won't turn over, I suspect I've thrown a rod or bust a piston. So if anyone has a powerhead for a 75hp mercury, I may well be in the market.
Hope to get the time to strip it down in a week or so. Never a dull day and I hope not a sign of things to come.
Happy New Year all.