Originally Posted by kubcat
It only took a year but I finally got it in the water.
Dockitjet makes RIB's that have a cutout you dock your jetski into and use that as the means of propulsion. This particular one is a one off 5.6m aluminum hull that takes an outboard.
It was built for a dive company in NZ but they went broke before they took delivery, in fact it was before the boat was finished.
I purchased the bare hull (120kg's), added the console and finished the rigging with a 1996 200hp fuel injected 2 stroke Suzuki that we rebuilt. The 200 liter fuel tank doubles as the seat.
The trailer is mainly made of plastic which is great for rust prevention, not so great on really hot days in Sydney when it bends.
First run today and I quickly realised I have connected the hydraulic steering backwards so I need to steer opposite. This is not too bad when underway but quite difficult when docking and when chime walking.
I have fitted a 25 pitch prop to start and according the the iPhone gps can do 56 km/h at 3000 rpm. Couldn't get a read at higher speed as I realised Velcro will not hold the cushion in place and the seat falls off when there is chop.
At 4000 rpm it also starts to chime walk and that was just too hard to steer it out with the steering backwards.
And the best bit, it literally jumps out of the water when you hit the throttle.
All in all very happy, just need to sort out some teething issues.
Made the mistake of reading this whilst having lunch
Best laugh I have had in ages, sorry, but a plastic trailer that bends and steering that is brain bending, I think you need to take a time out