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Old 04 January 2009, 15:07   #1
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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.
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Hope everything turns out ok, and the rest of the year holds better luck
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I guess it could have been worse, but how escapes me at the moment Surely '09 can only get better for you. Hope all goes well.
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shame that, but at least ya got back one way or another. We weren't out from Knott End as we were up on the Solway-again! Is the pub properly open on Piel now then? They were working outofa marquee thingie in summer.
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Old 05 January 2009, 03:12   #6
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shame that, but at least ya got back one way or another. We weren't out from Knott End as we were up on the Solway-again! Is the pub properly open on Piel now then? They were working outofa marquee thingie in summer.
Dave, they had the reinstating of the King party. I think it was in November. So I expect it to be fully open now. About time too! I know allot from fleetwood went over for it and had a good night in the pub.
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Old 05 January 2009, 04:42   #7
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Still working from the back at the mo in two rooms. The pub has been re furbed outside and work on inside starts this year apparently.

Landlady reckoned it might be a year before they are in properly.
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When you go Neil do you own a mooring there?
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No, you can simply moor to the jetty and walk up to the pub, very sheltered mooring, I've seen ribs pulled up the beach before now when the tide was right, very easy and straightforward.
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I've normally used a friends mooring and used the dinghy to go across but that was before I had a RIB.
Give me a shout next time your off over there and everything works out OK with your engine, which I hope it will
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I will, if you had been there I could have avoided the wait for the coast guard and the embarrassment :-)
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Sorry to here of your problems, I very nearly went out from Knott End myself, but wimped out at the thought of cleaning the salt off and flushing the engine at below zero temperatures.

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I will, if you had been there I could have avoided the wait for the coast guard and the embarrassment :-)
If your ever stuck again (which you wont) try contacting Fleetwood dock on 12 if it's a couple of hours either side of high tide. There's always someone going in or coming out or just hanging around moaning about the price increase (namely me dad who lives on there ).
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Sorry to here of your problems, I very nearly went out from Knott End myself, but wimped out at the thought of cleaning the salt off and flushing the engine at below zero temperatures.

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Is there tap at knott end? Always wondered but didn't want to sound cheeky at the cafe or start running hosepipes into the public bog
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no public tap at knott end. The coastguard station has their own wash off point which is often left on for yotties to wash their boots off after going out to the moorings but not for boat flushing. In this weather no one will thank you for leaving a puddle of freshwater to freeze on the car park
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Wouldn't dream of doing a health and safety act like that All though some of the bus drives deserve it Just need a supply for a water trough that came with the boat. Just fitted it with wheels and removable higher walls.
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Is there tap at knott end? Always wondered but didn't want to sound cheeky at the cafe or start running hosepipes into the public bog.
I live reasonably locally so I wash off and flush the engine when I get home, as Wavelength says you won't be very popular turning the car park into an ice rink.

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Just talking about flushing the engine not the trailer and the used water would have gone into the sea anyway unless it was fouled. Anyway, no tap no worries.
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Hi all,

I'm hoping to strip the engine down this weekend, (if the weather warms up above -5) I've taken the serial number off the engine, and searched numerous sites in an effort to get a year so I can buy the right manual.

Its looking to me like its 1986ish, (no wonder its reached end of life) can anyone help or confirm for me?

Its a mariner 75hp serial no is 9483086
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Hi all,

I'm hoping to strip the engine down this weekend, (if the weather warms up above -5) I've taken the serial number off the engine, and searched numerous sites in an effort to get a year so I can buy the right manual.

Its looking to me like its 1986ish, (no wonder its reached end of life) can anyone help or confirm for me?

Its a mariner 75hp serial no is 9483086
Is it the plastic clamshell type cowl?
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