So, we have a 3.5hp Tohatsu 4 stroke which we will look to use for launch and retrieval. The prevailing wind is South Westerly so across the launch ramp and with no pontoon available, we will need to drop the boat in the water and then pull it off to the side of the ramp to the gravelly beach while we get the car and trailer put away.

The plan will be to pootle out into the open water under motor, get into wind, raise the main, deploy the furling jib and crack on!

First things first, make sure that the outboard fits the bracket, that the leg is long enough – it is a long shaft so I’m sure is more than enough – and check the weight.

Too much weight to far back will affect the balance with the long narrow hull so the outboard bracket is on the starboard side – this also make sit easier to reach the tiller and as long as the prop is under the transom/main hull then there should be no problems.

3.5hp will be more than enough with the boat being pretty light – it is more about being able to contend with the famous Solent chop and the windage from 3 hulls and trampolines.

Len has used a 3.5hp lightweight 2 stroke which only weighs around 10kg all in, but the racket they make really puts me off and I’ve always felt they are generally less reliable and trustworthy than their 4 stroke brethren.

So, grabbed the outboard, topped up the onboard little tank and whacked it on the scales:

20.6kg – 10kg heavier than the 2 stroke but I know this engine is extremely reliable both to start and in use so we’ll use this initially at least.

We are going to be interested in looking at some electric alternatives later on eg the Torqueedo and E-Propulsion amongst others but I need to do a lot more research around this first and understand how our known, tried and tested petrol unit performs first to get a baseline.

So, now time to try fitting the uniton Skippy:

Yes, not bad, but unfortunately the tiller handle is catching slightly on the rear hull – not a show stopper but will need addressing.

The long shaft is definitely more than enough – a standard looks like it will actually do fine in fact which would save a couple of kilos for sure.

Just space to tilt the engine up and lock it but it looks like it might drag a little due to the long shaft – we’ll soon find out!

The spacer on the shaft can be taken off fairly easily I think if we want / need to.

Due to the larger head size, with the outboard locked up it also looks like it will get in the way of the tiller a little bit, preventing full movement to turn to port but again hopefully that is not a show stopper.

Contact us

letsgosailing@adventuretrimarans.co.uk

or call

+44 (0)7863 403462

or chat with us now bottom right!

Book your test adventure now!

Skippy is properly home!

We drive the trailer round to our shared rear drive entrance, drop off the newly detachable front of the trailer and drag it round to the second private entrance. We turn him around, put the tongue back on and reverse him onto the drive! Success! We can see the side...

read more

(Still Not) Storing the boat at Lymington Town Sailing Club

We were always going to do the initial testing down at Calshot anyway as the ramp there is much bigger but now we have a parking space confirmed there, I decide to let LTSC know that we won't be needing the space now - Pork Chop (the Spitfire) has been collected and...

read more

Let the Adventures begin!

Super excited - Skippy was definitely here in the UK ready to be collected, so I headed over to Peters and May to start picking things up. We needed a couple of trips to make sure everything is ok, properly secured and safe to trailer so initially I did two quick...

read more

(Not) Storing the boat at Lymington Town Sailing Club

The intention from the start has been to store and sail the boat out of Lymington Town Sailing Club which we have been members of for some years. Since contacting them in December 2020 about swapping our Spitfire Catamaran out to use the space for Skippy, it has been...

read more

Collection date confirmed!

After more delays, it appears that Skippy will finally arrive in the Port of London on Monday 11th April and then hit the road to arrive at Peters and May Eastleigh location that afternoon. We're planning to collect him in a couple of trips on the 12th and 13th as...

read more

Container lost?

Bugger - just been updated that the Evelyn Maersk ship with the container with Skippy onboard is currently in the Port of Felixstowe BUT our container is either not on there or is just not being unloaded! WTF!?!?!?!? It is now leaving Felixstowe tomorrow morning to go...

read more

Ever Given container ship blocks the Suez Canal!

Jeepers that was lucky! The Suez Canal got blocked today by the Ever Given container ship operated by Evergreen Marine: This massive ship of the Imabari 20000 design is 400m in length with 59m beam and can hold 20,124 20 foot containers! Interestingly, this is not the...

read more

Building the lightweight bench seats

Building the lightweight bench seats Talking about the fitting of the lightweight bench seats - lets take a look at the first fitting of the test brackets - the frame is there in the background: The carbon fibre was moulded around the edge of the float and then we...

read more

The Adventure 600 trimaran is in the post!

The Adventure 600 trimaran is now being shipped from Len Surtees in Brisbane and will then heading to Southampton! The Maersk Surabaya position can be tracked here: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9330068 and is calling next at Sydney arriving on the 8th Feb. It is...

read more

South Coast Adventure Race

We're great fans of the small boat Raid races like the Everglades Challenge and the Texas 200, but there is not really much available in the UK for enthusiasts to challenge themselves and their equipment. We're interested in gauging interest in something similar based...

read more

The Mooring Hitch

The Mooring Hitch Video from the Animated Knots YouTube channel: https://www.animatedknots.com/mooring-hitch-knot Pass the rope behind and over whatever you are connecting to. With the tail form a loop so that the tail touches the standing end. Pass a bight of the...

read more