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Old 15-07-2007, 20:58
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Steve's Blow - up - boat

So! at long last I geta trailer and can bring my boat home. YES!

1st Pics Boat on trailer 6 inches above the wheel arches. So I took the trailer apart and cut 6 inches out of the vertival sections.

Last pic engine bolted up.

Looks very high in relation to the bottom of the tubes. Althought e camera angle will make it hard to see. I've allowed for raising it two more inches if I'm wrong.

Seats fuel tank and battery box were just placed in to try out locations.


The drive home with a 8'10" boat behind was no where near as bad as I had thought.

Even on the Amberly section over Houghton bridge.
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Old 15-07-2007, 22:17
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Steve looks great... but how will you reach the tiller extension if the seats are mounted that far forward?

Colour looks great ! Look forward to seeing the console in position.
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Old 26-07-2007, 13:22
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So prey tell Steve, When is the launch date for the boat???


There is a strong rumour that Graham's boat will be ready for collectionon Friday 27th .................................................. ......
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Old 26-07-2007, 17:00
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we'll find out tomorrow whether its rumour or fact !!!
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Old 26-07-2007, 23:28
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Who's the banker, and what are the current odds Graham?

How is the build progressing with the Red Tomato Steve? Only it's difficult having so many projects on at the same time.
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Old 31-07-2007, 09:38
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Rob, I ordered the Seastar steering yesterday, should be here Thus.

J.C,.has made the bracket for the remotes and that gets collected today.

Just need the remotes cables now. Perhaps the weekend I might get to bolt it together?

Cheers for the note about my email.
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Steve,

Looks like you have timed this project to perfection.
If as you hope all the bits arrive this week then you will be on the water shortly just as the good weather arrives too
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Old 01-08-2007, 19:13
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Re: Steve's Blow up thing

Steve have you worked out how to get the red chilli salad and the kids RIB down to Itchenor. Or are they going out on a 75mph boat on their own?
When I was a kid my dad only had a little inflatable with a 2hp outboard for us to play on. But that was an awful long time ago.
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Old 08-08-2007, 19:49
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Steve have you worked out how to get the red chilli salad and the kids RIB down to Itchenor. Or are they going out on a 75mph boat on their own?
When I was a kid my dad only had a little inflatable with a 2hp outboard for us to play on. But that was an awful long time ago.
No Robbie I have not, all I can think of is 'er indoors will have to tow one down and I the other.

Or leave one in a marina and drag the absent one down with us.

I am not adamant about doing this at Chi. LittleH is just as viable and the old fishermans quay at pompey looks pretty good for it too. Then there's shepheards on the IOW anD aND AND...

Any ideas??

They might get to play on this under supervision in time , but cheifly I want them to be able to play on their boat in greater expanses of water with us still about.

I still have my first boat a Bomard AX2 and a seagull O.B.that was my dads.

Heres a picture of it with console choppped and seats fitted.
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Old 12-08-2007, 21:17
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So we got it in today at iItchenor. High tide meant pushing the trailer 20 or 30 m on the hard to get enough water to float it off.

I fell guilty when you turn the key and your motor fires up on the button.

Other families cant get there boat to start, the familes are starting to fall apart in the rows, the kids in tears

Anyway I pulled off the trailer and realised that when a 200rpm increase surged the boat immediatly forwards, that this thing was gonna be some fun. But then everyone got onboard AND THEN family life support systems were crated on.

Man that made it sit down a bit.We idled around CHi harbour occaisionally pushing the RPM up to 2K and back. Then I decided to nail it and clear some of that oil out. Man it got up levelled up and flew and then the prop slipped and then bit again and it started to accelorate even harder. Within 5 seconds of opening it up, I had to shut it down. It was gathering speed faster than planned and everyone was clinging on.

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Old 12-08-2007, 21:54
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Looked good steve! Ya reckon it could do the speeds they claim then?
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Old 13-08-2007, 06:33
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Looked good steve! Ya reckon it could do the speeds they claim then?
Seems feasible, but those high numbers, who knows.

The whole kit only weighs 260KG's Boat nearly lighter than the motor.


I was joking with A.C. about calling it pub-speed
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Old 13-08-2007, 08:22
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Looks good Steve,

Glad you had a good first outing.

What are those white things with black bits on under each of the tubes??

So are you now calling yourself a "RIBSTER"

You quietly defected to the dark side.............................................. .


And Technically your boat appears finished while although Graham was on the water before you he is still finishing his off

how many hours do you need to run the engine in for before you can go testing those top speeds?
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I was joking with A.C. about calling it pub-speed
Me and adrian quite often laugh at those! Pub BHP is a good one to!
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Old 13-08-2007, 23:14
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Re: Steve's Blow up thing

Steve it looks great and seems to go fast enough. I'd love to see some pics of the inside. console, seats trottle etc. Did you buy that trailer with the boat as it seems tailor made.

Now we have the banana and strawbury all we need is a cream one for the full PT Knickerbocker Glory.

They do look good though and great fun to drive. Ed and I will have to come down to Itchenor somtime and you could give us a blast.
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