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It’s been a long wait but we’ll worth it. We went to Ventnor on Wednesday for the sea trials of Boblin3. We got to the Cheetah factory bright and early at 0745hrs only to find the windows were still being fitted. They had been delivered late on Tuesday so the guys at Cheetah had to work a midnight shift. By the time we had had a cuppa all was ready for the trials. Watching Boblin being towed out of the factory unit and backed down the slip was a little worrying as at times there was only inches clearance between boat and walls. Everything went well and Boblin was dunked for the first time. We headed out of Ventnor haven as passengers on this trip with the engineers running their checks and recording speeds, revs, fuel consumption etc. The tests were with the tide and against the tide, I must say 33knts against the tide in a rough sea with no cushions on the seats was a bit hairy but great fun. After the test we were able to have a play for half hour or so, Bobi and me enjoyed ourselves doing some high speed turns and turning on the engines without touching the wheel and just enjoying being back on the water.

 

Everyone was happy with the tests, there was a few more bits to finish off on Thursday and Friday was confirmed as hand over. 

We returned  on Friday having scrounged a lift from friends and as we came down the hill into Ventnor there was Boblin having a photo shoot in the bay, looked really good. We said our goodbyes and headed back to Poole, we still have to fit the electronics, all we had for the return trip was compass, plotter on my iPad and a handheld radio. There was a fair old swell running and St Catherine’s was pretty interesting (rob it was a bit like Portland 10 years ago) but Boblin handled like a dream. We motored back at varying speeds between 10 and 20knts as per instructions from the engineers. We got back to Salterns in just over 1hour 30mins.

 

When we left Ventnor the engineer had said don’t use the wheel to manoeuvre  just use the engines, so I thought why not give it a go. I’m proud to say I manoeuvred all the way through the marina and into our birth without touching the wheel, great fun. I do have photo’s but I’m having trouble downloading them from my phone.

Here’s one of Bobi naming the boat and the picture of Boblin again.

 

Boblin3

9.2 metre

3.7 metre beam

twin Yamaha 150’s

 

 

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Sounds like your dreams are coming true again Bobi and Colin,   Good luck with your new Boblin,  look forward to seeing you both out on the water enjoying yourselves.           Best of luck       Colin.

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Excellent, yes, that Portland trip was ace!

Where are you keeping her? Back on North Haven swing?

I must insist on a trip so I can compare to Boblin2, but not thick fog like last time please?

Rob

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Thanks for all the interest guys. We fished the flounder comp today and she was a great platform to fish from Sadly no flounder for us just  a few bass. Rob we have been in Salterns for a few years now and will be staying with Boblin3 too. I had forgotten about the fog incident. Until the electronics are fitted we won’t be doing any foggy trips. 

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Great boat.

I particularly like that you have managed to fit a swim platform. Very handy for motor work and easier retrieval of people who go for a swim whether intended or not. You could consider fitting a pull out ladder under it, greatly helps get people out of the drink.





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Rob after doing my research on Honda Suzuki and Yamaha, the Yamaha gave me what I wanted and the price was right.

Steve there is a pull out ladder fitted I can’t take the credit for the idea though as Cheetah have to fit both of these now to meet regulations. Charlie I think we have got it right but as you know there is always something you wish you had done or didn’t do. We just need to get some trips in now to get used to her. Start on electronics tomorrow.

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