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Old 04 November 2008, 19:45   #21
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I always carry a spare 10L jerry can anyway, don't think between us all fuel should be too much of an issue.
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Old 04 November 2008, 21:26   #22
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Cheers!

Many thanks to all for their kind offers of assistance/advice re fuel carrying, esp 9D' for his efforts
Took Thumper out on Loch Lomond for the first time today - whose giant invisible hand is it that keeps moving the slipway from side to side when I'm trying to reverse the trailer down it? Eh?
Boat ran well & even on the plane - used sat nav to calculate max speed - 22 knots with a slight chop.
Feeling more confident now re Clyde cruise

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Old 05 November 2008, 13:24   #23
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Thumper, at this rate you'll only manage 12 knots with the 800 litres of spare fuel you'll be carrying!! Yeah, 22 knots sounds about right. I managed 20 tops with my old SR4 / Suz 25.

I'm now almost rigged - mechanicals & big (i.e battery) electrics all connected & working, all I need to do now is get my panel electrics talking to the engine.......
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Old 06 November 2008, 14:46   #24
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is this happening this saturday? the 8th of november?


anybody thinking of going to see the fire works at largs?
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The xmas lights aren't up yet, trip is planned for 29th November.
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Old 07 November 2008, 19:36   #26
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is this happening this saturday? the 8th of november?


anybody thinking of going to see the fire works at largs?
Where have you been?

We're planning on going round, will you be there with your central heating..
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Old 09 November 2008, 22:31   #27
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As for launching, Kip / Largs seem good on paper, apart form all the usual security nonsense, you also are guaranteed a sheltered, lit slip to recover on,
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Just to confirm that we hope to be there, given the weather today, we might wait off until nearer the time before commiting for definite! The trip sounds great - but not in the horizonatal hail we saw today!

We are also novice in the dark, having only had the one trip back from the Cumbrae Fireworks recently, it was no problem as we were following Kim on that occasion, but I am not sure I would be so confident on my own.

The one thing that made things easier when we got back into Largs Marina (where we are dry berthed), is it was exceptionally well lit making things much easier. I know that is not really 100% helpful as we did not actually have to take it out of the water as that is done for us, but we did have to negotiate everything else that was there and tie up - which I would not have liked to have tried in the pitch dark.

If you are thinking of using the slipway at Largs I would definately recommend you pay the small fee to use the Marina slip rather than using the public slip - which is pretty narrow, and a feat for most people in daylight never mind the dark!

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You do get used to it, living in the country helps though where pitch dark and no streetlights is the norm
We needed the searchlight to find the slip coming into tarbert that trip and packed up the boat in the pitch dark as the slip had no lighting. The upper clyde is like the blackpool illuminations compared to Argyll at night 40m down on the Madam Alice at night in the middle of the Firth of Lorne, now that IS dark !
Down as far as Greenock there is so much land lighting and bouyage that darkness isn't really a problem and round the corner is still fairly lit and bouyed. Its only past Millport that it starts getting darker.
A few trips and you will wonder what all the fuss was about and be looking for more places to go at night just for the hell of it!
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Were having a few engine gremlins at the moment, fix one problem and another turns up, things should be ok for the run but unfortunately I cannot now commit (awe bugger!!!)

list so far

1) oil cooler leaking oil - get new cooler but fittings are different (same identification nos)
2) engine not reving - replace fuel pump
3) still not reving properly - screw out metering screw
4) fix reving problem (well she is still sluggish but gets to target rpm eventualy, but IMHO still no good for rough weather as too slow to respond and now keeps blowing off boost hoses)
5) Replace all silicone hoses - hoses staying put but now blown large hole in exhaust hose and start filling engine bay with water and smoke - return to shore with heads in hands, go home and order new fittings for oil cooler and new exhaust hose.

An eventful day to say the least!!!!

WHATS NEXT??????

We will atempt to be there but dont want to commit till she is running properly.

A scunnered Graeme
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Old 11 November 2008, 08:00   #30
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Were having a few engine gremlins at the moment, fix one problem and another turns up, things should be ok for the run but unfortunately I cannot now commit (awe bugger!!!)

list so far

1) oil cooler leaking oil - get new cooler but fittings are different (same identification nos)
2) engine not reving - replace fuel pump
3) still not reving properly - screw out metering screw
4) fix reving problem (well she is still sluggish but gets to target rpm eventualy, but IMHO still no good for rough weather as too slow to respond and now keeps blowing off boost hoses)
5) Replace all silicone hoses - hoses staying put but now blown large hole in exhaust hose and start filling engine bay with water and smoke - return to shore with heads in hands, go home and order new fittings for oil cooler and new exhaust hose.

An eventful day to say the least!!!!

WHATS NEXT??????

We will atempt to be there but dont want to commit till she is running properly.

A scunnered Graeme
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Old 11 November 2008, 10:52   #31
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Were having a few engine gremlins at the moment, fix one problem and another turns up, things should be ok for the run but unfortunately I cannot now commit (awe bugger!!!)
If it makes you feel any better, your story sounds a lot like the prequel to my rigging a Merc where once there sat a Yam!

All being well I should be up & running in time. (Granted, I did say that before the last Clyde upriver trip...)
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Where have you been?

We're planning on going round, will you be there with your central heating..

ive been away rallying up and down the country recently!

had the boat out last weekend, looking for more!
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Old 13 November 2008, 21:08   #33
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O/T, anybody out?...

Anyone out on the water Tomorrow (Friday 14th Nov) ?

Were out from Largs Yacht Haven 11.00am (ish) doing a LII Coastal endorsment.
Probably take a run to Millport for a bite to eat.
A Run to the north end of G.Cumbrae and, if weather forecast is right, bring lunch back up again lol
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If it makes you feel any better, your story sounds a lot like the prequel to my rigging a Merc where once there sat a Yam!

All being well I should be up & running in time. (Granted, I did say that before the last Clyde upriver trip...)
How are you getting on with this? Any joy getting her started up?
I am in Glasgow this week coming and will sort out the pitstop then produce the plan for the end of the month.
The weather has been dire up here with high winds and horizontal rain for the last few weeks, it can't last for ever..............
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The weather has been dire up here with high winds and horizontal rain for the last few weeks, it can't last for ever..............
Well the flotsam shouldn't be such a problem if it continues.
Fingers crossed it dries up again soon and petrol gets cheaper
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How are you getting on with this?
So far so good. Got the wiring plumbed in, and now just need to reattatch battery cables which I had to snip the eyes off to get them and the fatter Merc remote loom back through the copex. That should be done tonight, will check it all goes (& more importantly stops when the deadman is pulled!) on muffs tomorrow, then a sea trial Sun afternoon, probably out of Largs. (Can you tell I looked at the forecast? )
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Just for info...

On Friday just after leaving LYH we had two Dolphins come alongside for a play.
First time thats ever happened to me sorry i'm not 'techy' enough to get the video from my phone onto the comp ... will ask the kids if they can do it for me.
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Old 18 November 2008, 21:44   #38
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Renfrew Ferry Launch

Had a look at the South side slipway on Sunday - appeared fine for a launch on the 29th.
(You still up for joining me there, Polwart? )
Unfortunately, no one available to ask about actual technicalities of launching/sharing slipway with ferry etc. Also gates were locked (pos because it was Sunday. . .)

So - couple of questions before I 'phone SPT tomorrow:

1) Anyone with experience of launching on Renfrew/South slipway (as opposed to Yoker side)?
2) How was it coping with the above in midst of ferry operations?

Many thanks,
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Assuming I get my lights fitted this weekend.

No idea about south side launch... might be worth pm'ing speedy - he had suggested north side previously.
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Yip - know what you mean re lights - spent last Sunday afternoon completing the wiring loom for my new lights and ope to fit them this Friday!...fingers crossed
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