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« on: November 08, 2015, 03:47:41 pm »
OK: this might be a bit long, but hopefully will entertain.  About this time last year I sold a rather sturdy and reliable Surtees 4.7: my wife Merlene and I had had her for 4 years, loved her a lot, put 400 hours on the 50hp Honda motor, but as I get older the boat was becoming more of a challenge to manage single-handed.  She was translated into a smaller boat (Quintrex 3.75) which I can throw in and out of the water at will, plus a recent model car for Merlene and a new ride-on mower (2.5 acres to manage and THAT ain't getting any easier, either!)

BUT: I have been sadly missing the places that bigger boat could take us.  So, finally, I bit the bullet last week and picked up a used Pride Pathfinder half-cab. 4.6 metres long; solid trailer; sound hull despite being about 33 years old; good old Mercury blue band motor plus 9.9 Johnson auxiliary.  Bit scruffy and needed some TLC.  Also, I suspected right from the start that the 80hp main motor was a bit over the top for this hull - a "road test" from the time they were first introduced (1970!) suggested they were rated for 20-65hp.

The boat had some bits and pieces of fittings that were defunct and a lot of other stuff screwed and bolted on with galvanised fastenings which had long since rusted.  So, a bit of work to do getting her ready for the water.





A week or so later, we finally had her out today for her first serious run.  From Cygnet, down the Huon estuary to Garden Island; various speeds above and below planing speed; a bit of wind-chop and occasional wakes from other boats to hop over; caught a few flathead (just enough for entree tonight, as they had to be 32 cm and there aren't many that size in the estuary).

Boat is stable, sits nicely on the water, doesn't get unduly flustered at a bit of slop, and will be a safe, sound unit to take wife/mates/grandkids out for the day.  Carries a decent amount of Vee all the way aft:



But the 80hp is definitely in the region of over-powered (and over-weight on the transom)  Will start looking for a good used 50-60hp to replace it.  Otherwise, I think this is a sound vessel that will get us back out to some of the places we have been missing: like Marion Bay for flatties and squid; Bull Bay (squid and maybe Gummies); occasionally out from Pirates for a shot at the Albacore and Kingfish; etc.





You WILL hear more of our adventures in this boat!

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2015, 06:48:59 pm »
well done mate, boat looks Ok, and yes I would agree with you the 80 a bit big. I have a 14'6" Haines half cab with a 60 4 stroke yammy, I did have a 8 hp yammy aux, but it was all too heavy. The old motor was a 60 hp mariner and it was thirsty so I had a 50 litre stainless fuel tank AND a 20 litre Plastic tank, all in the back, all of tht weight made the boat a bit of a handfull in a head on slop.

Maybe we can go out together some time as I live in Huonville, always good to go with another boat.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 05:34:13 am »
Ahh: thirst.  I just checked my tank after the Sunday jaunt, and found it is almost empty!.  OK, we went around 30kms, and as I said, I tried it at all different speeds - but to burn over 20 litres for that one trip, where my Surtees with 50hp Honda would have done it three times and still had spare, was a bit of a shock!

When I get a more sensible main motor I'll also ditch the auxiliary off the transom to save some weight - 'cos I reckon I'm going to have to carry a complete spare tank for the main up forward, whenever we go out.

I also have a job to do on the trailer.  It's sound and sturdy, but previous owner had it set up with guide bars welded on at the back so he could drive the boat on and off and it would always come up straight and centered.  That works; but he onviously didn't notice that the rear centre roller is chewed out completely, and other keel rollers don't roll - nor are they set quite high enough to allow the keel to run on them.  SO, next little task will be a new set of rollers and a bit of hassling to set them all up at the right height to let the boat roll off and on properly.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 05:38:25 am »

Maybe we can go out together some time as I live in Huonville, always good to go with another boat.

Hey Rodders - sounds good.  Just got a few more jobs to do on this project before I can start using it in anger, so might give you a hoy a bit later when she's properly ready to go.

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 12:29:56 pm »
I mostly use the Franklin ramp and then run down river, to give the motor a run and the Franklin ramp is easy to use. A trip from Franklin to Garden Island, with quite a bit og moving around as well and then back home with the 60 4 str. uses about 15 maybe 20 litres and that's running at 4500 / 45 kph about 50/60 kms The old mariner 2 stroke 60 would use 45 litres minimum.

I had a 17' half cab Pride back in the '70's. went deep sea off Brisbane almost every w/end. Very good sea boat.
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2015, 03:36:17 pm »
OK: a quick update.  Have had the boat off the trailer and wrestled with the brackets that hold the keel rollers.  Finally got them so I could extract a couple of stuffed rollers and replace them, them set them all up a tad higher, so they carry most of the weight of the boat now.  NOW I can back down to the ramp, stop the trailer before the hot bearings go in the water, disconnect the safety chain and simply control the boat with the winch as it rolls gradually and smoothly down the trailer into the sea. Retrieving is simply a matter of setting the trailer into the water until the rearmost roller is just under, guide the boat into it and hook up the winch strap, then winch it up.

Honestly, I am astounded by the number of people who have their trailer set up so the boat sits heavily on either longitudinal or transverse hard supports (some call them "bunks") - often on sensitive or soft sections of the hull - making it very difficult to drag the boat off and/or back on the trailer, when in fact if it sits its weight on the keel on the centre rollers, launching and retrieving is a snip!

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2015, 04:27:59 pm »
yep way to go mate. I have always set my trailers up with the boat in the water, get a nice long straight board and lay it onto the last roller and maybe the second from the front and adjust all the keel rollers to that board. Put the boat on the trailer and adjust the very front roller and then set up either the rollers or boards on the side of the trailer to not quite touch the boat, allowing a very slight clearance. That's it boat slides off and on easy.  One thing to make sure is that the rollers roll on the shafts , not the shafts turn in the mounting brackets.
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2016, 09:07:21 am »
A further update on the project:

Have added new LED nav lights and new stainless grab handles on the cabin sides:



Ditched the not-very useful fold-out squab seats and replaced with box sections (marine ply with multi coats of epoxy sealer) and mounted pedestals and folding seats on top:



Painted the floor with a thick coat of anti-skid deck paint while I was at it.

Added some rod holders and extra cleats for mooring aft:



Cleaned up the cabin upholstery, fitted an EPIRB and whatnot; installed a porta-potti:



Now it's just a matter of getting the motor tickety-boo.  I had been waiting for a good used 60hp oil injected Mercury that Channel Marine was expecting - owner had ordered a new 4-stroke and was trading up - but the deal fell through in the end.  And good used 50-60hp motors are as rare as rocking-horse poo!  SO I've decided to get the Mercury specialists to go over the 80 Blue Band with a fine-tooth comb and service/fix/replace everything that's needed, and get some more use out of it.  And carry an extra tank of fuel everywhere I go (did I say before, this motor is THIRSTY!)

Should be ready to enjoy properly in about 2 more weeks.

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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2016, 10:14:30 am »
Great work there reddory. She'll be a god little outfit. Will keep an eye out for at pirates.

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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2016, 06:12:03 pm »
Looks great mate, now all we need is some settled weather
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2016, 08:40:56 pm »
Coming along nicely mate thumbsup1

Give coastal marine a try as there helped me out now with two awesome second hand engines now (50 & 60hp)
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