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Old 04 January 2009, 16:07   #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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Old 04 January 2009, 16:31   #2
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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, 04:12   #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, 05:42   #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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