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Make sure the bung is in๐Ÿ˜€
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Quiet ramp.. on the weekend?
Thats depends on the weather..Wink

If the ramp has in (right side from land) and out (right side from seaward) basic sea road rules, thu get 'bent' a little with commonsence and consideration for others....
around the mid day early arvo.

With good weather, weekend..
Mid morning tend to get the eairly birds coming home.. busy and both side tend to be working coming in and out.
mid arvo tends to the the same.

As suggested above.. dont make it a fishing trip.. but rather a sea trial, have a look around, get the feel of the boat over wakes chop etc.
That prioty, and droping a couple lines as a bonus.

 Do not forget, note the tide change time and current directions for the whole trip...you can go from dead flat very light breeze, to chop up in a few minutes with current against tide direction.

 You are looking at SW for the whole weekend breeze sat , dieing off on sunday... SW  or W is good for east coast as you are in lea of land in  most coastal areas. Thu places like the bottom end of tamaki can chop up with westerly coming down from the sky tower.

Most of all.. if you have good batteries , jackets, communications, split pin on the prop good.. the 'Murphy stuff' have a good time.
 If you 'listen ' to Murphy all goes well.
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Leave the livebait stuff at home, and most of the fishing gear. As mentioned, treat it as a sea trial, maybe with a little bit of fishing if everything is going nicely. Worry less about going for a fish than just using it as a practice run. If you head out with the mindset of going for a mission it will lead to poor decision making.

Be prepared to can the trip at any point. If the motor is running poorly, take the boat out of the water. If it's really hard to start at the ramp, take it out of the water and figure out why, don't assume you'll be able to sort it once you're out on open water. Even once you get it started, run it at fast idle (if it's a 2-stroke) for a while, then turn it off and make sure it re-starts easily. All good reasons you don't want to be doing this at a packed ramp with lots of impatient people around.

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Very valid points and in agreement. Thanks Rozboon for your points about the motor.

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New to you, used boat. Have you tried your cold start procedure out using muffs at home? Good idea if you haven't got the cold start already nailed. A lot of older 2 strokes have their own particular needs to start well. Better to work that out at home rather than at the ramp. Take extra oil and fuel of course as you don't know yet what your consumption rate will be. Take a basic tool kit and of course all your communications gear in case of a break down.
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Originally posted by Tagit Tagit wrote:

New to you, used boat. Have you tried your cold start procedure out using muffs at home? Good idea if you haven't got the cold start already nailed. A lot of older 2 strokes have their own particular needs to start well. Better to work that out at home rather than at the ramp. Take extra oil and fuel of course as you don't know yet what your consumption rate will be. Take a basic tool kit and of course all your communications gear in case of a break down.

True.
Yes we've done the cold start using muffs at home, will go for another practice launch tomorrow if weather allows. Have got extra oil, extra fuel. 
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