With the new engine fitted, and now middle of summer and the weather looking AMAZING I had to get it out. So Sunday I headed down with the boat to meet up with a friend in Kent. It was quite late by the time we launched (having totally forgotten to check the tides) the slipway was quite a challenge… If you cant see clearly, starts by the white building on the top left, and you have to reverse down this – with a trailer.
150 odd meter slip way.. What a pain, we waited a bit and by 8pm we could launch ok.
So engine was fired up and away we went… Have to say at this point it did start very easily!
Initially a bit of sea fog came over, around 9pm. Visibility was ok but not great.
Since it was getting dark, and we had not been out long, we both felt a bit reluctant to come back in so soon. We decided to continue a bit further on up the river side of Sheerness as the skys cleared and the moon came out. The atmosphere changed completely we could see just fine, and so at a rather last moment and with the hottest day of the year forecast for the following day we decided to do something a bit nuts and stay out the night on the boat (!!!!)
So a dash back to sort out some warmer clothes and also some food we then got back on to the water at about 2am..
Night time visibility courtesy of the Moon.
Steve, always a bit of a crazy influence when we get together…
So few hours later and Steve is managing some sleep.. How he managed the comfy chair I’m not sure… Oh and that’s a weird printed patten on his shorts, hes not had an accident hahaha.
But eventually I did too, and then woke up about 6.30am to this:
Not forgetting the Seals:
Incredibly calm conditions, Silence other than the birds waking up and so too some of the animals in the near by fields.
So didn’t want to have a really long day since we started early, we then headed back to land freshened up a bit picked up another crew member and decided to head off to Herne Bay for lunch time trip.
A quick blast of about 25-30mph and we where here:
Concious of fuel (only half a tank left with half a Jerry can for reserve we had a quick play around, stopped for lunch then made our way back.
So the second day of this mini Adventure we ended up with these following stats:
So things to do in prep for Cornwall trip in a few weeks:
Check fuel pressure at WOT,
Remove fins on engine to try without them. Although they helped get on plane without the bow lifting so high, I just felt I couldn’t get the right trim compromise I wanted. I think trim tabs will be the answer to this.
Fix MPH Gauge, pipe has come off from gearbox.
Fit a temp gauge.
Save for fuel… haha
Anyway hope some of you find some of this interesting. It was certainly fun for me.
Max speed: 54.3 MPH (day before pic above)
Average speed: 15.5 MPH
Distance Covered: 86 Miles
Fuel used: 100 Litres
Calculated MPG: 3.5