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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:56 pm

    You may know that I had a TT Neptune...worst thing I ever bought, it leaked something awful and ate it's own electronics faster than I could replace them...so I sold it.

    And so I've bought Colin Steven's Engel Lafayette, I collect it Sunday. A tried and tested boat, all complete except for a tx, which I have, and all in full operating patrol condition.

    After owning the Patrick Henry, I've wanted another Engel boat for a long time, but I could never afford one, then this one came along for a price that I could run to. The Neptune plus a few quid, seemed to me to be too good to ignore...so I bought it.

    What do you reckon, guys?

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    Post  david f Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:36 am

    It looks very nice, Richard!

    But I have a confession to make too. I have always liked the German design approach with the stern circular O ring seal and I "borrowed" the idea for my own models a long time ago.(The only problem being it is a b****r to connect up bow planes - but I don't anyway)

    So I suppose I would like it!

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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:41 am

    This will be the first boat I've ever owned with a bayonet fixing David, it looks so simple to use...half a twist and the whole equipment tray just slides out, it couldn't be easier really. So much easier than nuts and bolts on conventional set ups. And the Engel name is a good guarantee if the old Patrick Henry was anything to go by...and the price I paid for it was a definate factor!
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:54 am

    Operation 'Lafayette' has been brought forward by twenty four hours...I collect it later this morning instead of tomorrow.

    And as a plus factor and to sweeten the deal even more, Colin has a load of Biber stuff which he's including in the sale.

    Stand by for a report later...
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:20 pm

    Sit rep on Operation Lafayette...

    I arrived at what I thought was early at the allocated drinking establishment, way out in the sticks in the Sussex countryside, but by the time I'd smoked a ciggie, Colin and his good lady had just pulled up behind me. A handshake, a chat, a demonstration of what does what when the sticks are wiggled...a pile of pieces of paper with the Queen's head emblazoned on them changed hands, and I am now the proud owner of a practically ready to go Engel Lafayette. Plus spare prop, spare O ring seal, half a dozen tins of Engel paint, spare rudder access hatch, instruction CD and a shed load of Biber stuff as well.

    Just a swift tidy up of wires(purely for aesthetic reasons)a change of rx, add the auto leveller and away we go.

    She is now sat sitting on the top of my tv whilst I find somewhere better to put her. But at least there's something good on the tv for once!
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:38 am

    Situation update:

    I've had a good tidy up of all the loose wiring, cable tied all the wires to either each other or the chassis, swapped the rx for my HiTec one, installed the MicroGyros leveller and made and fitted a new bow sonar case(it got knocked off at some point before I had the boat).

    Took a deep breath and switched everything on...it all works fine, thankfully.

    Trouble is, the boat won't fit in my bath for test purposes, so later on today I'll be down at the small lake with it.



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    Post  david f Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:04 pm

    Looks very nice. have fun!

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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:13 pm

    Yes...well...thereby hangs a tale.

    I needed to charge the tx batteries before sailing, so I plugged the charger into the wall socket, plugged the little jack plug into the tx, and left it alone to do it's thing.

    When I went to collect the tx in readiness to go sailing, I discovered that I'd forgotten to switch the mains switch on at the wall....

    I called it a 'senior moment...'

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