Adventure in Sheerness, and an overnighter on a river.

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.
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150 odd meter slip way.. What a pain, we waited a bit and by 8pm we could launch ok.
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So engine was fired up and away we went… Have to say at this point it did start very easily!
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Initially a bit of sea fog came over, around 9pm. Visibility was ok but not great.
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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.
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Steve, always a bit of a crazy influence when we get together…
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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.
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But eventually I did too, and then woke up about 6.30am to this:
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Not forgetting the Seals:
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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:

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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.
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So the second day of this mini Adventure we ended up with these following stats:

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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.

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Trip statistics
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
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