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Old 15-04-2007, 08:10
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A fantastic day out on the water. The sun was shining and the sea was fairly flat which gave us a chance to give the boats a good run.

Also got some good photo's of Ian out in Scooby Dooooo as attached

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Old 15-04-2007, 14:03
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Was a good day out, Just a shame we had to be back by 13.30 ish due to the tides. As the morning went on the sea got calmer.

Intresting ride differences between the Fletcher and Larson.

would appreciate anyones thoughts as to the differences in ride. Main one that Nick and myself both noticed was that the Larson was a much smoother ride where as the fletcher seemed to bounce up and down a lot. regardless of how much fiddling with the trim. Once it started to bounce took a lot longer to settle down?
I am running with a 4 blade 21 prop and Nick was running with a 3 blade 19.

The accereration and top end speed was faster with the Fletcher saw 45 on the speedo but doubt this very accurate. last ime had GPS on boat was abount 41
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Old 15-04-2007, 19:25
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Re: Sat 14th April at Littlehampton

well done guys and yes a shame the tide was at the wrong time
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Old 15-04-2007, 19:36
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would appreciate anyones thoughts as to the differences in ride. Main one that Nick and myself both noticed was that the Larson was a much smoother ride where as the fletcher seemed to bounce up and down a lot. regardless of how much fiddling with the trim. Once it started to bounce took a lot longer to settle down?
I am running with a 4 blade 21 prop and Nick was running with a 3 blade 19.

The accereration and top end speed was faster with the Fletcher saw 45 on the speedo but doubt this very accurate. last ime had GPS on boat was abount 41
Chances are that the Larson has a deeper 'V' and may be slightly heavier. Both will give a smoother ride but at the cost of max top speed. US bowriders are made for a comfortable ride rather than out and out race speed. When I do eventually get out on my boat the two of you will smoke Sali as her top speed is only 32kts but she has a very deep 'V' and is clasified as a cruiser so no weight saving seems to have been accounted for.
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Old 15-04-2007, 20:36
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Robbie,

Its funny you should say that because we had a look when we got back and we thought that my Larson had a deeper V. As for the weight difference yes I also have to give you that one as well ............ to many corporate lunches I'm afraid !!!!!

As Ian said, I found his Fletcher very strange as it seemed to bounce accross the waves whereas my boat gave a more comfortable, if slower ride.

On the plus side I found the Fletcher a much easier boat to see out of when sitting in a the lower seat. The problem with mine is that you are right on the windscreen line and this does make it difficult to spot the growing number of lobster pots that seem to be sprouting up.

Ian has also found a 3 blade 21 prop that we are going to try next week on the Larson, so we I keep you posted on our progress on looking for that little bit more speed
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Old 16-04-2007, 12:02
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Re: Sat 14th April at Littlehampton

We had a run down to Itchenor with the Kids Rib on Sunday. A chance to try out the new 15 which worked a treat.

It was to be the first time either of them had left the pontoon alone on their boat.

Both of them can now drive in crowded area's and moor up against running tides.

It was a right laugh! Whilst Adults continud to slam their boats into the jetty. Our kids played delicately at the very same task.
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Old 16-04-2007, 18:59
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Glad too see that the kids are getting on so well Steve, You are obviously a natural teacher.

It is amazining to watch some people manouvering around the marina, They have very little skills and is very worrying at times too.

On the subject of ScoobyDoooo bouncing was wondering if fitting a Hydrofoil stabilizer would have any effect. I.E. would it do as they claim ??
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Old 16-04-2007, 19:28
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On the subject of ScoobyDoooo bouncing was wondering if fitting a Hydrofoil stabilizer would have any effect. I.E. would it do as they claim ??
Adrian was fitting one to an Alpha1 only last week Ian. I fitted a dole-fin to the outboard of my last boat. It made the boat rise onto the plane very quickly and made a real improvement to the handling. Its just a shame you have to drill holes in an otherwise perfectly good cavitation plate.

As for the props for Nicks boat, its a shame there is no way of being able to try out a few before commiting to buy. At 200-600 a time they make for expensive mistakes. Plus as I run a left-hand Volvo Penta no one has a spare for me to try, and they are never on eBay. I'd love to try a 14X19 or 14X21 on my boat but 207 each
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Old 16-04-2007, 19:37
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Re: Sat 14th April at Littlehampton

maybe will have a chat to Adrian and see what he thinks. Appreciate your thoughts Robbie, Just has got me thinking thats all.

The New Overtons catalogue arrived today and saw them in there hence the question. But a good sales man can sell anything

the proof is in asking those that have tried them.


The Prop is my original that i had before Adrian suggested changing to a 4 blade. which is an improvement for towing ETC. I actually have a brand new Still in box 3 blade prop as well that i ordered some time ago when i damaged the first one.

see how Nick gets on this weekend.

Do you have any idea when you will be back on the water?
Hope to see you out very soon
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Old 16-04-2007, 19:47
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Do you have any idea when you will be back on the water?
Hope to see you out very soon
I'm not tempting providence but....but......maybe this weekend, I honestly don't know if Adrian can get time to sort the trim motor in time.

But oh boy do I need a blast out in the old girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 16-04-2007, 20:04
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Will be good to see you out if possible Robbie.
think we are aiming for about midday as high tide is late afternoon
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Are you going out both days over the weekend?
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Old 16-04-2007, 20:14
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Re: Sat 14th April at Littlehampton

At the moment just the Saturday for myself unless My youngest does not have a football match on the sunday
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On the subject of ScoobyDoooo bouncing was wondering if fitting a Hydrofoil stabilizer would have any effect. I.E. would it do as they claim ??

Buy the doelphin copy in the Boat jumbles its just as good,

It works on some boats better than others. I lost 5mph of my last Donzi but got the planing speed down to 19mph.

Made the power trim far more effective.
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Old 17-04-2007, 21:18
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Robbie,

I will be out both days this weekend Robbie. Anne is doing her Powerboat level II in Littlhemapton harbour and then out at sea. I expect everyone who is out to give her the respect she deserves .................. and buzz her as she will be on an inflatable !!!!

As for Prop's I know that Adrian lent Tony a few different dia's and pitches so that he could try them out on his rib before he commited. It was amazing to see the differeance a 1 degree change in pitch could make to the ride and handleing of his Rib. It may be worth having a chat to see if he has anything.

Ian,

Just to let you know I am thinking about putting the boat on the water Friday afternoon and leaving it on so I can do the bearings and brake on the trailer on Saturday morning as, SO I AM RELIABLY INFORMED !!!, low is at about 8.30 and it is a 0.4m spring so first launch will not be till about 11. I will be down and out for 1 ish with Thomas.

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