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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby nala » 15 Apr 2018, 09:12

Martin wrote:If you extend the stub axle you’ll have to mount the wheels further inwards from the tubes if the wheels are hinged down?
Otherwise you’ll not be able to drop them to the downward position. If that is the case you may foul the outboard on either lock?

Measure 20 times, cut once lol :thumbsup


Extending the leg not the stub axle itself , cutting lower end of leg at the halfway point.

That's between the centre of wheel/stub axle and the bend in the leg and welding the extention in.

This will also allow the transom bracket to be fitted slightly higher up as the air floor is very close to the bottom two fixing bolts.

Too close for comfort as I'd be drilling in to towards it :o

Me thinks the manufacturers should make these legs longer to accommodate these larger wheels :star

Problem solved :thumbsup
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby nala » 16 Apr 2018, 21:17

Think I need to go back to the drawing board with these launch wheels :(

I m looking at the Honwave type launch wheels which look as if they'd fit the Excel :)

Not beaten yet will look for a solution with what I've got :O

I feel as the launch wheel leg transom bracket needs a stand off as well as an extention to give wheel clearance.

As for the boat its still fully inflated on the trailer and covered.
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby Martin » 16 Apr 2018, 22:12

A cheap nylon chopping board works great for standing the legs proud of the transom.

Paul and Phillpot did great write ups on their mods, try looking under f-rib modifications for a start, if you can’t find it I’ll try and find a link tomorrow for you :thumbsup
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby nala » 22 Apr 2018, 20:56

I grabbed the bull by the horns earlier and took the boat out :)

All I can say London has nicer weather than North Wales :(

Been cloudy and windy all day thought it would calm down by this evening.

Well it didn't and and the rain came too lol :(

It didn't put me off but I did get to spend a good hour on the Menai Straits :) x

The boat handled well no Mexican wave at all ! And the swell was enough to make take off at full throttle !!

Steering was positive on the water it clung like a cat !!

Almost lost my nerve but held on it was fun :)

It was up on the plane very quick having the hydrofoils fitted .

The engine was pinned in the second hole, I wanted to try in the third but for the rain .....

Just to see how it would perform.

Went up to Bangor pier across the Menai wind against tide some of them swells were too big to hit so I throttled back.

And when it came down and hit the water it was like being on a cushion :)

Took it right under the suspension bridge into the swellies where you've got Eddie's, boils and whirlpools !!!

The 9.8 hp was more than adequate to handle it :)

Then called it a day !!

Next time hopefully the rods will be with me :)
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby nala » 22 Apr 2018, 21:09

Martin wrote:A cheap nylon chopping board works great for standing the legs proud of the transom.

Paul and Phillpot did great write ups on their mods, try looking under f-rib modifications for a start, if you can’t find it I’ll try and find a link tomorrow for you :thumbsup
Thanks Martin Funnily enough I made two nylon 15mm thick oblong bracket sized spacers . I felt there still wasnt enough clearance for the launch wheels although it did help with the transom clearance :) The nylon chopping boards I purchased some time ago were ex military catering ones they have been very handy especially when I had the kayaks .Still feel the launch wheel legs need extending somehow :)
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby Paul » 22 Apr 2018, 21:29

Nala
Glad everything went well mate and you're happy with your purchase :yay
Onwards with the mods making it fit your 'needs', which is all part of the fun of ownership ;-)
Enjoy :!: and thanks for sharing :thumbsup
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby nala » 22 Apr 2018, 22:56

Only one thing that was requiring adjustment was the bench seat :O

They slid back and forth too easily on the tube bench rails :(

To be picky that was the only negative thing , unless there was weight on it lol

Then they stayed put :)
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby Paul B » 23 Apr 2018, 11:32

Looking good Nala, The bow looks to sit quite low compared to the Honwave T38, which could prove quite handy in a rough sea and you need to sit on the floor , I do struggle to see ahead when sitting down on the floor in mine if it’s rough
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Re: Coming soon the Volaire 390 review

Postby nala » 24 Apr 2018, 20:51

Thank you All for your valid comments and valued replies :) x

They are very much appreciated what ever the weather :) x

Diolch yn Fawr !
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