I was flicking through an old RIB Int'l Mag and had a look at the SCORPION 10 mtrs test.
From the comments made in the article I think that it will be good to get a clarification on some of the following points from people who own SCORPIONS and they know the boats.
1. Is SCORPION 10 mtrs RIB is a Cat B or Cat C RIB?
2. If it is Cat B why the problems with the valves (flooding of the cabin it was mentioned in the article when they came off??
) and problems of the pontoons on the bow of the boat (I suspect this was Charles mishap) changed to hard nose did not arise when it was originally tested for obtaining this certification?
3. If is Cat C should the boat go out in such rough weather conditions??
4. Sea keeping ability seems to be good to VERY GOOD. Is this the case??
5. What is the average 2in set of outboard engine size that it can take onboard??
6. Has it got space for an generator??
7. Finally, Price. Why the price of this boat is so high?? £ 123,000+vat for a 2 berth RIB!!! Other boats i.e. the MOSTRO 10 mtrs are much, much cheaper than that?? (Hypalon and fibre glass do not cots as much)
I am asking all these questions because I am thinking (seriously) to buying a cabin RIB. SCORPION was one of the makes I am considering as well as MOSTRO 10 mtrs (which has a 4 berth cabin and comes 1st in my list right now and will test it in Greece next week) and a few Italian boats which although they look nice they are overpriced.
Any way I hope someone who has 1st hand experience with the boat (namely Charles??) will explain all these questions.