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Old 23 January 2006, 07:54   #61
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Not a good day for the Humbers!

First of all a big thank you to all who rendered assistance in the shape of jump leads, tows, passenger rides and knowledge/advice. It was good to meet you and just a shame our hardware let us down. Some good, if cold lessons and nevertheless a good learning curve. The calm weather was a blessing.

For those wondering what happened, a quick summary.

Longdog and Arrow Flight both launched at Hythe and made the 1130 rv at Calshot. Longdog's engine would not restart and a session of jumpleads and batteries ensued, and Outnabout's second battery was donated. All to no avail, so LD and AF headed back to Hythe to put LD back on the trailer. That done, with everyone on AF, we blasted over to Yarmouth, arriving a little late for lunch.

After lunch the Needles trip was suggested. AF started up and moved of the berth and after a few minutes, the engine cut out. We tied off to a pile and spent 30 mins trying to get it going without success. Outnabout suggested the others head for the needles and we'd give SEA START a call. The group said they'd call in on return to see how we're doing.

Sea Start gave maintenance advice by phone. Fortunately AF had a toolbox on board and only the plug spanner needed to be borrowed from Yarmouth Fuel Pontoon. All avenues were tried and the feeling was the EFI ECU was dead. Sea Start said they'd be there in 50 mins from Hamble, for a tow back to Hythe. They were as good as their word and a 2 hour tow then ensued back to Hythe.

In the meantime, the group had returned from a reportedly good time at the Needles and kindly offered to take three of our passengers back to Calshot and drive them to Hythe. For that, once again many thanks guys!

Outnabout and Lurcher then had a very cold 2 hours to reflect on engine and boat maintenance and do a little 'lights training' on the freezing passage back.
Outnabout at this point was cursing having not made that flask of hot coffee before leaving home and not putting the hi-power torch aboard! Foresight eh!

Then a swift lesson in nighttime trailer recoveries on Hythe slip took place and worked out okay, despite a brisk tide and Lurcher getting his boots filled with water

So all in all an interesting day, kept a little safer by being in the company of the group and the very benign sea conditions. Outnabout now knows far more about his engine than he did yesterday and Lurcher is about to give the guy who did his alternator replacement last summer, a rocket!

Oh and the icing on the cake! When all ready to leave Hythe marina, we did a check of our respective lighting boards, only to find we had three working bulbs between us with a 30 mile drive to come. Any way the gods favoured us and the boys in blue were safely tucked up. So plenty of work ahead to get boat, trailer and electrics all sorted before the coming season.

Can't recommend Sea Start enough. They did exactly what they promised, in minimum time, in a professional way. It saved me an overnight in Yarmouth and screwing up a work day today in getting the boat back.

My thanks again to everyone.

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Old 23 January 2006, 13:58   #62
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Just to echo Colin's words and offer a big thanks to all concerned in sorting us out on 2 occasion on Sunday . Special thanks to the 2 Chris's and Tim for moving my family to Hythe , one less thing to have to worry about . It is interesting that the 2 biggest boats with the more sophistcated engines were the ones to fail and the smaller simpler boats just keep on going , a lesson there I think .
Next time I hope we can be of assistance and not cause the trouble!
Yarmough to Hythe at 7.8 knots is a LONG way .
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Old 23 January 2006, 14:44   #63
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how long did the tow take?
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Old 23 January 2006, 17:58   #64
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About 2 hours though it seemed longer gat back to hythe at about 1945 !
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Hey Guys and Gals,
Sorry I missed all the 'fun', a slight family imperative meant it was in my best interests to be back early. Thanks for the blast, it will definately make the next week less of a chore. See you next time around.
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Interesting day to say the least. I think the jump leads may make a permanant move from car to tool box for future ribbing! Glad everyone managed to get back ok eventually.
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Get the extra long ones though as normal are not long enough !
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Has no one got ant photo's of the day's events? Sounds as though everyone had quite an interesting day for their various resons.
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Has no one got ant photo's of the day's events? Sounds as though everyone had quite an interesting day for their various resons.
Alright, give me a chance! Too busy finishing Lurchers website to put up photos....!
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good thing too!
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Good on you Jimbo .I have a couple of pics which I will post when i work out how to do it .
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Outandabout going flat out on glassy sea on the way to Calshot before all the hassles and Colin smiling at the start of our tow back to HYTHE we soon stopped smiling as it got colder!
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Sorry to have missed this one.

Glad you all had a great time.

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What happened to all the photos of this cruise?
(I'm still getting round to putting the video up)
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i keep on at jimbo to get them off of his camera!!
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Old 25 February 2006, 14:16   #77
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Thanks again

To those that I met on the 22nd Jan, thanks again for your help.

Arrow Flight is working once again thanks to the skills of Steve from SEA Marine. Steve was the guy who provided telephone help on behalf of Sea Start when we were stuck in Yarmouth with an engine that wouldn't start. He also turned out to my house the following wednesday to have a look at whatever was causing the problem. He'd found it within 10 minutes of arriving and it turned out to be a loose crown nut that secures the flywheel to the crank.

The crank splines had been grinding away at the flywheel splines as the flywheel floated up and down during every start, because of the loose nylock nut. Our assumption is that the nut has been like this since I got the rib three years ago and it has taken that long to grind away the flywheel splines. The nut should have been torqued down and secured with locktite but that has never been done.

The fact that the rib had been serviced 6 times by 3 different engineers in that time says much about the outboard business. The last bit of spline failed when we in Yarmouth so there was no way the flywheel could spin the crank

I really blame myself of course because the engine has never sounded 'smooth'. Also because it's a 2 stroke and I've never heard another the same to compare, I convinced myself it was OK. And at anything other than idle revs it was.

Thanks to Steve I now have a new flywheel fitted, some other mods and a full service done, so it should be business as normal. Can't wait to get back out

Can't recommend Steve enough. He's a mobile service and will travel reasonable distances from Southampton - furthest so far is The Gambia!

Also the money spent on Sea Start was worhwhile for me as a relative newbie to ribs and with limited contacts in the business.
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I can vouch for steve to, he fitted the battery switches in my boat, and found the problem with one of my engines when I couldnt get it started!

Good service and a good price
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I concur with comments about Steve he did a good job on my service .can't see his little Polo van making it all the way to The Gambia though !
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