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Just joined up and thought I would post up some pics of my boat. She's a 2008 Beneteau 650 which I bought in 2015. Due back in the water next weekend.

Had a lot of fun with the family fishing and just messing about on the water. 

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She looks lovely! What size Suzuki does she have on the back? Do you trail her anywhere or just use the trailer for winter storage ashore?

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8 hours ago, Andy135 said:

She looks lovely! What size Suzuki does she have on the back? Do you trail her anywhere or just use the trailer for winter storage ashore?

Hi Andy, she has a 115 Suzuki, I just keep her on the trailer for winter.

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That rig looks really smart. Nice looking trailer too, but what has happened to the mudguards? Bad driving? or Essex louts? I must admit that I have damaged one of my mudguards. but I blame my wife for not keeping a good enough watch out on a very tight corner near Falmouth. That rig deserves an occasional trip out of Essex if you have a vehicle (LR/) capable of pulling it. Trailer sailing opens up soooooo many more opportunities. Geoff. 🙂

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2 hours ago, Herbs73 said:

Hi Andy, she has a 115 Suzuki, I just keep her on the trailer for winter.

Good engines. I know some folks throw shade on Suzukis but the two that I've had have been faultless... hope I haven't jinxed myself now! 🤣👍

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1 hour ago, Geoff said:

That rig looks really smart. Nice looking trailer too, but what has happened to the mudguards? Bad driving? or Essex louts? I must admit that I have damaged one of my mudguards. but I blame my wife for not keeping a good enough watch out on a very tight corner near Falmouth. That rig deserves an occasional trip out of Essex if you have a vehicle (LR/) capable of pulling it. Trailer sailing opens up soooooo many more opportunities. Geoff. 🙂

I bought the boat  without a trailer and after looking for one for months I (ironically) found this one in the farm where I have my workshop slowly rotting away. Paid £300 for it and rebuilt it but haven’t got round to putting mudguards on  It, I only tow it about half a mile to launch. But your right I could tow it to other marks. Not sure about launching it from my van though. Curreny I get the local park and ride to launch at the start of the season and take it out at the end. 

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1 hour ago, Andy135 said:

Good engines. I know some folks throw shade on Suzukis but the two that I've had have been faultless... hope I haven't jinxed myself now! 🤣👍

only thing that ever went wrong was a fuel pump when I was running her up on the mooring, apart from that in the nearly 8 years I’ve had her shes Not missed a beat. I put a Suzuki auxiliary on as well and that’s been just as good. I really rate Suzukis 

 

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That trailer was an absolute bargain - why can't I ever find such deals. I seem to always end up "buy dear - sell cheap". Geoff. 🙂

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2 hours ago, Geoff said:

That trailer was an absolute bargain - why can't I ever find such deals. I seem to always end up "buy dear - sell cheap". Geoff. 🙂

If you read it he has overhauled it. Only the back left tyre is original 

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5 minutes ago, JonC said:

If you read it he has overhauled it. Only the back left tyre is original 

Been there, done that - only to find that the one original item (back tyre) was bald and did not hold air. Geoff.🙂

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On 4/15/2022 at 4:22 PM, Geoff said:

Been there, done that - only to find that the one original item (back tyre) was bald and did not hold air. Geoff.🙂

 

On 4/15/2022 at 4:22 PM, Geoff said:

Been there, done that - only to find that the one original item (back tyre) was bald and did not hold air. Geoff.🙂

 

On 4/15/2022 at 4:15 PM, JonC said:

If you read it he has overhauled it. Only the back left tyre is original 

Pretty much, new axles, wheels and brakes and a bit of welding 

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On 4/15/2022 at 10:10 AM, Herbs73 said:

INot sure about launching it from my van though. Curreny I get the local park and ride to launch at the start of the season and take it out at the end. 

I've found most vans have really poor hand brakes, but are exceptionally good towers. I bought a 4x4 after the iveco nearly went for a big drink in the Great Ouse. Was standing on the nose of the trailer when she started rolling. I got wet feet!! After a chat with the class 7 tester, he said most of the big vans really struggle on the handbrake test...... Not ideal for steep slipways

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19 minutes ago, suzook12 said:

I've found most vans have really poor hand brakes, but are exceptionally good towers. I bought a 4x4 after the iveco nearly went for a big drink in the Great Ouse. Was standing on the nose of the trailer when she started rolling. I got wet feet!! After a chat with the class 7 tester, he said most of the big vans really struggle on the handbrake test...... Not ideal for steep slipways

I'd agree with that. My fiat Ducato has a very poor HB, I have to leave it in gear when parked on my drive. 

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I've got a transit custom, I've not noticed the hand brake being poor to be honest,

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About 10 years ago I was driving my truck up a really steep hill nearby, there was a transit type half back with a mini digger on tow pulled half on the verge. 
The hill is so steep that when freighted up you need to get a decent run at it to save going all the way through the gears. The road oncoming was clear so I went for the pass, as I was getting closer the Grover got out and the whole lot rolled into the road, it jackknifed in front of me and I ploughed into it. I think the prop shaft must have gone on it because once he released the brake it went down. 
The oncoming car stopped at the top, and someone smashed into the back of him. The transit driver being all helpful ran to the top to check that they were all ok, and needless to say I never saw him again. 
The trailer was massively overloaded and the truck had a load of ballast and heavy duty power tools, beakers, whacker, paddies etc.  The driver rang it in stolen and the police returned all his property to him. They obviously knew full well that the pikey cunt was a liar but couldn’t prove it. 
My truck was a write off and I took the insurance hit. Happy days. 

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8 hours ago, Herbs73 said:

I've got a transit custom, I've not noticed the hand brake being poor to be honest,

Was referring to class 7 vans really, but hey, transits have enough issues moving......

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