Great boat, steep learning curve!
Arrived at Dunstaffanage Monday to a fairly miserable day, quite wet and windy. For reasons not unrelated to the low tide we were hanging about for about five hours before launch. Yard guy had to show me how to unlock the electronic control before I could lower the outdrive, like I said, steep learning curve!
Staggered along towards the fuel berth, straight line, what is that? No idea which way outdrive is pointing and steering has about double the turns my old boat had. Boat on pontoon so tried parking elsewhere with no success, outdrive is quite different to twin shafts! Nearly made it on umpteenth attempt but had to move as the boat belonging to the berth arrived. Eventually put it in on the inside of the fuel berth as a large boat was being refuelled, something like 1500l I think, ouch!
Eventually got fuel and headed home, a bit choppy due to the wind but boat coped fine (not sure about crew though!) low 20kn. Bit smoother turning North and got a lot calmer after a few miles, sat about 25kn easy enough and very quiet. By the time we got home wind was well down and it had stopped raining, just the weather we would have liked earlier!.
Put on club pontoon easy enough and easier to get off than old boat would have been, not so hard with little wind! Picked up tender and put on mooring, relieved to find the mooring strop would actually fit!
Spent the last few days reading the instructions! There is a rudder position indicator on the autopilot, that is very useful. Went over the boat, only thing I can find not working is the shower drain pump. Went through all the menus on the plotter sounder, even got the radar working, no idea what it shows, but it works!
There is a frame at the forward cockpit and lots of canvas bits that sort of fit with it, only two bits I have no idea about! I need to refit the wheelhouse table and there are two smaller tables for the forward cockpit.
Been messing about with outdrive trim and trim tabs. Bit windy Friday so spent a while pontoon bashing, slowly getting the hang of it! Most difficult thing for me is no steering unless in drive, rudders on last boat worked well in neutral so you could go slowly and steer. The Targa picks up speed quickly when put in gear.
I am impressed how easily it will travel quickly in a bit of a chop and it is so quiet, quieter than a car. The side doors and wide walk around bits are good for getting out to the ropes quickly. Rear door is useful but not necessary. Bags of space outside. High bow and bow flare hinders visibility a bit particularly when going for the mooring buoy. Will go for another play today and maybe a bit of fishing Monday.
Will stick up some pics later.