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.
3.7 metre beam
twin Yamaha 150’s