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Old 17-06-2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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Anyone about in the Solent this weekend?

Ill be out and about on the Solent this weekend if the weather is bright, armed with me Video & Digital stills camera's.

I will be covering a sailing race from Calshot to Lymington and then back tomorrow.

Sunday ill just be milling about taking pictures and quaffing Gin.

Anyone on here planning to be out over the weekend?
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Old 17-06-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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Old 17-06-2005, 12:56 PM   #3
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when you off John?

BTW meant to ask............is your name anything to do with a boat manufacturer (whom i know nothin' about)?
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Old 20-06-2005, 04:55 PM   #4
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What a Fabulous weekend,

Great weather, drama on the high seas & loads of professional boat racers out on the solent.

I made off from the Itchen river on Saturday at 11.30 am to head over to Lymington to photograph some friends of mine in a catamaran race. Got out into Southampton water, opened her up, launched off some great waves up to speed (25mph Jonny) and then the audio warning system kicks in. I shut down the throttle and glance at the guages, Off the clock with the temperature guage. I switch off the ignition and the motor diesel's on for a few seconds, ££££££ signs flash before my eyes, then the thought occurs to me that this would be a good excuse to upgrade to a 490HO. After 5 minutes i try to restart the engine which struggles to turn over on a good battery, oh oh, perhaps she is going to seize! After another 15 minutes she starts up and whilst showing a very high engine temp with the warning buzzer driving me crazy it appears to be steady and not rising. I rip off the wires to the buzzer and head back to the marina arriving safely (what more could i ask of her).

Sunday morning i arrive at the boat with some tools and remove the thermostat which is corroded in the closed position. After a clean up and soak in WD40 the thermostat goes back in with some gaskets fashioned from some old cardboard! She fires up and maintains a very healthy 145 degrees during the next four hours on the Solent where i managed to get some great shots of some serious powerboat racers.

What a great weekend.

Shame the engine upgrade will have to wait a while now.

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Old 20-06-2005, 07:19 PM   #5
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After a clean up and soak in WD40 the thermostat goes back in with some gaskets fashioned from some old cardboard!


I assume your gonna replace it with a "NEW" one before the "Poker Run" ...... coz i might need a Tow !
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Old 20-06-2005, 09:02 PM   #6
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Yeah, I only bodged it cos the chandlers around here only sell clothing and crap that noone ever wants or will ever need.

Besides, i wasnt about to stay high and dry on such a beautiful day was i. After all anyone who was anyone was out on Sunday.

Are you really going to do the poker run?
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Old 21-06-2005, 11:37 PM   #7
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Perfectly valid technique... used that on many an old car!
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Old 22-06-2005, 11:49 AM   #8
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Czech Replublic was great as well.
50P ltr for petrol,
everything else about half UK prices.
Boat trailers intresting will post what I find but looks like full UK /Europe spec, ali or galvanised braked for about 50% UK

Shame it's feken landlocked and they dont make any offshore boats !!
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