We are really pleased to be selling this super new Ribquest 6.3 metre rib. This rib is being supplied to Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria to act as a fast rescue RHIB in the harbour to service any issues should a helicopter need to ditch. This rib can carry 12 people and due to it’s deep ‘V’ design, speed and turning ability is perfectly suited to the task. These ribs based on the Ribquest adventurer range can be bespoked to suit your needs and are ideal as leisure as well as professional Rigid Inflatable Boats.
January 16, 2013
by Andrew Turner Jones 0 comments
Join us on a safari of discovery around parts of the incredible Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary. Weather allowing, we’ll take a peek and even listen in on life below and quietly explore one of the creeks for its winter birdlife. You’ll be joined by an experienced local Sea-n-Shore coxswain and the AONB Estuaries Officer, who will help interpret the rich and varied life above and below the waterline here. Booking essential, contact Sea-n-Shore by either ringing 01548 842276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Adult £5, child £3
Meet at Whitestrand, Salcombe. TQ8 8BU
Start Date: 23/02/2013 Start Time: 10:30 am Duration: 2 hours
This summer I have seen more Sunfish in Salcombe than in the whole of my life. In fact Sunfish have been spotted up the down the South Devon coast many times this year. I took a few choice days off last week and decided to head out on one of the ribs with my son. Crossing the Salcombe bar we were blessed with the this Sunfish. Lucky for us it did not dive straight away and carried on the surface for some time. Letting the boat drift in the tide we could get a good view without getting in the way of the Sunfish. A concern crossed my mind as many boats were passing quickly by and on two occasions passed between ourselves and another boat fishing causing them to virtually run over the Sunfish, which seemed reluctant to dive. Please keep your eyes peeled for sea life when out boating.
Today the passengers on our Sea Safari and Wildlife tours also got to see a Sunfish and possible the same Sunfish we have been spotting this season in Salcombe.
Given the harsh marine environment, it’s hardly surprising that outboard motors can be reasonably demanding in terms of maintenance and servicing. Maintaining the motor might not be the most fun part of owning a boat, but spending a bit of time taking preventative measures can help the motor to stay healthy. This article details some of the ways you can help your outboard motor keep running for longer.
If you bought your motor from an authorised dealer, they will usually share some “breaking in” tips to help you use your outboard motor. This could include running the motor at a set speed for a specified time on its first use, and this will help the motor to live for longer.
Annual Mechanic Check-Up
Get a mechanic to tune-up your engine at least once a year. Mechanics can test the spark, test warning alarms, conduct a compression test, ensure that seals and water pumps still have integrity and eliminate other potential causes for breakdowns. An annual check-up will help to keep your outboard motor going for longer.
Flushing the Engine
It is advisable to flush the engine after every single outing, whether the outing was on salt or fresh water. Flushing the engine takes between five and twenty minutes.
Two rubber seals which are connected with a metal clamp (or a set of “rabbit ears”) can be inserted into the lower unit of the motor where the water is picked up. Next attach a garden hose, start the engine, and let the water pump do the work.
Once the flushing has been completed, the fuel line should be disconnected to allow remaining fuel from the carburettor to burn. It’s important that fuel is not sat inside the engine for any longer than sixty days. Once the fuel is burnt, turn off the engine and the battery, open the engine cover and check that there is no fuel or water leaking. If you’re unsure about flushing your engine then take it to a boat mechanic who can flush the engine for you.
Lubrication & Corrosion
Once you are satisfied, wipe the whole engine down and spray it with anti-corrosive substances such as WD-40. It’s important that every moving part of the engine is lubricated, including the throttle cables and carburettor valves.
Invest in a High Quality Outboard Motor
The best way to reduce the amount of time you have to spend on maintenance each season is to invest in a reliable outboard motor, such as those provided by Mercury Outboards. A quality outboard motor will have far fewer problems than unreliable ones, which can prove a false economy when factoring in maintenance costs and servicing.
Congratulations to Matt, Drew and Jim for passing their RYA Advanced Powerboat Coursethis weekend. Despite some inclement weather and choppy seas they spent Saturday and Sunday night performing night navigation exercises. Having spent the day on day Saturday going over their chart work and navigation skills they were tasked with drawing up their passage plan from Salcombe harbour to Datmouth harbour. When darkness fell it was time to get on with the exercise.
The evening plan was to depart from Salcombe and using the GPS plotter, charts and way-points follow their passage plan to arrive in Dartmouth at 12:30 am.Stop off in Dartmouth for a short break and then leave Dartmouth and head towards Berry head and Torquay. However along the way a few surprises were in store such as a man overboard exercise. The man overboard marker was dropped overboard with them knowing and some time later they were informed that a man overboard had happened. Time to work out when and where? All passed with flying colours!
Matt, Drew and Jim all plan to use their advanced certificates to get work as skippers. Jim has now completed his RYA first aid and shall be doing his sea survival course and once he has been fully commercially endorsed will then be qualified to work on rib and powerboats as a skipper. Matt and Drew will be working with us in the future working as skippers on the Sea N Shore ribs. Once Jim has all his certificates we shall be very happy to see him at the helm with us in the future.
July25 Coast & Country Cottages are delighted to offer 25% off all remaining July 2012 weeks! To apply this fabulous special offer, quote ‘July 25′.
Come rain or shine, there is plenty to do in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy the warmer climate of South Devon and spend exhilarating days walking along the South West Coast Path or long afternoons relaxing on the beach.Try your hand at some water-sports and try an RYA course in powerboating, sailing or maybe go Seal Watching or fast 007 rib rides along the coast.
If it is one of those odd wet days, why not head to one of the all-weather family attractions like Woodlands Leisure Park or Pennywell Farm? The historic maritime town of Dartmouth with its boutique shops, award winning restaurants and art galleries is certainly well worth a visit, whilst the popular sailing town of Salcombe is perfect for those with children – enjoy traditional past times like crabbing on the quayside and sampling a delicious Devonshire cream tea!
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