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    Default Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    Ah yes, another Birchwood 25 thread.... [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Now the deposit is paid, and we're nearing final negotiations on the purchse of No Regrets, it was time for a 'Sea trial' around the new larger-sized Marina basin, as the River itself looked like it should have some white water rafting going on...

    Scott from Thames Boat sales kindly reversed the Birchy out of her moorings as it was my first time helming a shaft driven vessel, and as it was pretty windy, gave me an excellent lesson in manoevring such a boat in said conditions.

    (I'm sure most of you know this already, but for you outboard/ drive bods, this boat has directional stability only in a forwards direction, and as such will turn as tightly as you would wish for, but in reverse is at the mercy of the wind and currents, so directional input is gained by short bursts of forward gear, with the rudder in the appropriate direction, followed by a period of rearward movement with no real directional choice. It works just fine, but is very different to Shamby, which had 160bhp and a single leg!)

    The B25 is smooth, stable and an utter joy to helm, with precise steering, and not much in the way of vibes or unhealthy noises, and the hardtop is great in the rain (Yes! The wipers not only flap to and fro, but clear the screens!)

    After a precautionary hull check next week, we'll pay the balance, and have a full service, polish and anti-foul for the next seasons work. That said, I have already, in my mind, decided to buy her unless there is a serious defect, which is highly unlikely given the owner and care he has lavished upon her.

    I can't praise the staff at Thames boat sales enough, having shown be a high level of professionalism, realism and answered every question over my dealings in the last year or so in a fair and accurate manner. I bought the first two boats, and sold one of them during this time, and have never been given a bum steer or treated with anything less than the utmost respect, and everything they told me has proved to be true!

    The Birchwood is everything I currently want in a boat, Classic river style, and a good blend of size, space and comfort without tying up enormous amounts of money!

    So fingers crossed.....
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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

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    Ah yes, another Birchwood 25 thread.... [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Great, you can never have too much of a good thing!

    Please give Scott our regards, we found him to be very helpful and knowledgeable when we bought "Carli" .

    As you mention, reversing is a little tricky at first but you soon get the hang of it.

    You certainly had fun conditions for a first trip!

    We went outside (it was nice weather) and promptly had to do evasive action due to a Rosie & Jim who had no idea what side of the river he should be on !
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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

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    We went outside (it was nice weather) and promptly had to do evasive action due to a Rosie & Jim who had no idea what side of the river he should be on !
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    You mean he might have had any idea?
    Several years ago my daughter was working in the office at Monkey Island Hotel and phoned to say that a NB had been stationary midstream for about 20 minutes as several other boats had whizzed past going downstrem.
    As a result we deserted the Thames and went up the Avon for a week.

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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    Did I hear someone mention Birchwood 25's [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

    No Regrets is certainly the name I would have picked as we have never regretted a second of buying a Birchwood 25 , although a pal of mine who knew me in my youth suggested Knot Guilty - bloody cheek [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    I particularly like the boaty feel.

    Shamby was a bit like driving a car sometimes, never really at one with the water at sub-planing speed, but fantastic on the plane.

    No Regrets flows and steers much more smoothly, and feels like a mini ship.

    Or is it just me? [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    No, its not just you. My previous boat was outboard powered and if you were not gentle on the wheel she would zig-zag down the river.

    "Carli" just goes where she is told.

    Nick's "Tristan" is outdrive powered.. I do not know how that compares to the shaft drive version...perhaps we will get a chance to find out in the summer. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    I can just see the starting grid now..... [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

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    "Carli" just goes where she is told.


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    With the help of tow [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    Oooh how cruel!!

    Very green boating though, using someone elses fuel [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]



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    Any excuse for another Birchwood 25 pic! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Maiden voyage: Birchwood 25.

    I meant in terms of handling, not speed! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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