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Old 23 March 2010, 16:16   #51
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just how much do you actually need to carry-in reality how many times have you needed to replace the spark plugs on a four stroke engine? or even a modern two stroke for that matter. And could you do it at sea- on the 4 stroke merc we sold recently it needed a minor surgical operation.
Props- well yes on an extended cruise but could you replace yours at sea? Having seen what one member of our club got home on when he ripped the three blades of his -it is surprising what you can get back on even though it apparently did over rev a bit!
No mention of SOLAS V regs and in particular a radar reflector-the hi speed craft around here navigate on radar at speed no matter what the visibility and whilst they can probably see the engine more than our puny reflector I am at least complying in the case of a near miss.
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Old 23 March 2010, 16:17   #52
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The Hotpackmeals look interesting. The calorie count is quite low however, well below 400kcal a meal. Considering that a decent energy bar is over 200kcal, they appear to be more of a morale booster than actual sustenance (which is OK). To put it in perspective, the average bloke would need seven just to keep his daily intake on track. An instant noodle pack has more calories. Worth checking out though

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A good point well made.

Rations would normally be accompanied by biscuits, chocolate and sugary drinks, to lift the calorific value per meal time. I think your point about them being more for morale than sustenance is a sounds one.
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Old 23 March 2010, 16:21   #53
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how many times have you needed to replace the spark plugs on a four stroke engine? or even a modern two stroke for that matter. And could you do it at sea- on the 4 stroke merc we sold recently it needed a minor surgical operation.
I had this very conversation recently, I had to concede that modern engine designs are sometimes not ideal for an impromptu service.
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Old 23 March 2010, 16:23   #54
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Rations would normally be accompanied by biscuits, chocolate and sugary drinks, to lift the calorific value per meal time.
Mine are, and then some. I dread to think about what I'm eating while multi-day hiking. Boating cuisine is positively lightweight by comparison
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Old 23 March 2010, 16:57   #55
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My reasonfor caring spare prop, I'd not to replace at sea but replace in a safe haven, sparks plugs to help diagnostics and change ashore too.

In Scotland chandlers are few and far and carring spares usally means you can continue your day.

SOLAS V you should carry radar reflector but recent coastguard research said that passive radar reflectors can give false safety, hence active refldctors like active X etc.
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The Hotpackmeals look interesting. The calorie count is quite low however, well below 400kcal a meal. Considering that a decent energy bar is over 200kcal, they appear to be more of a morale booster than actual sustenance (which is OK). To put it in perspective, the average bloke would need seven just to keep his daily intake on track. An instant noodle pack has more calories. Worth checking out though

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Good point - i never noticed that - explains why I usually add a mars bar or two!

They are more to get a bit of warnth through when sat doing safety work in the rain than actually filling you up.
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A spare set of tubes.
A spare hull.
A spare inboard engine in case the three outboards pack in.
A kitchen sink, a spare kitchen sink in case the first one leaks.

Honestly, there is a sensible level of kit to carry and then there is taking things to far. There was a chap who used to come diving with us who was into making sure he had three of everything and had loads of stuff he was never going to need, was totally obsessed with the idea of being able to rescue someone. As a result he was a liability to himself and everyone else.

I look at what I'm doing, where I'm going and decide from there what kit is required.
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Bugger - you mean my kitchen sink is surplus to requirements -the guy who sold it to me said it was an essential part of my RIBs equipment
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Bugger - you mean my kitchen sink is surplus to requirements -the guy who sold it to me said it was an essential part of my RIBs equipment
Its ok if its a nice Belfast one I'm sure you could sell it to someone who needs an additional spare.
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lol - how'd you guess I'd gone for that sort
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