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Old 05 March 2010, 17:21   #1
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My new 5.85m osprey - Photos as promised

Now the rain has left, we were able to get on with taking the engine off and puting the new one on.. Started right away, just got to run it in!!

Attached couple of pics, its not rain water but the spring tides coming right into the yard! slowed work down a bit!

Have put gps arial on and new VHF arial and run cables for transponder. Just got to cut out console for VHF and mount the Garmin.. Hopefully going to get out and start running in the new engine Monday/Tuesday.

Can anyone identify which variant my Osprey is??

Mike
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Old 05 March 2010, 17:55   #2
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Can anyone identify which variant my Osprey is?
Looks like a Viper which originally had twins.

It will be underpowered with a 90. Even the 5.25 needed a 100hp for decent performance.
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Old 05 March 2010, 18:09   #3
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Hi Dm,

Yes it originally had twins, I used the boat a few times with a 90 4 stroke on the back and seemed to go pretty quick. My theory being the new 90 is a lot lighter so should be even quicker? Also could not afford/justify spending the extra cash on the 110hp i had my eye on!!

What makes it a Viper, still trying to get my head round identifying different makes..

Thanks

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What makes it a Viper
More volume in the bow than the Vipermax and less sharper lines. Not as fast as a Vipermax but you won't find a better following sea boat. Virtually impossible to stuff.

Planes easily due to the warp in the hull, very stable and grips well in turns. Memory is fading now but I think the 5.85 was rated to 150hp.

As with most ribs, better with twins

Opsrey still have the moulds but because of the amount of royalties required, none are built now. Same with the Lynx and Falcon.

It's a shame because the Falcon which is a commercial build would give any Redbay a run for its money.
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It's a shame because the Falcon which is a commercial build would give any Redbay a run for its money.
Perhaps, but with Willko heading up RB marketing, it wouldn't stand a chance.
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Perhaps, but with Willko heading up RB marketing, it wouldn't stand a chance
Sorry but I disagree.

The only way Redbays can keep their nose up is with trim tabs or half a ton of spuds in the stern.

Who's Willko?
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Who's Willko?

He's Willk, like Willko but without the "o" stuck on the end for good measure, search redbay, potatos, dead cows and helicopters and I'm sure his name will pop up......
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He's the bloke wearing the boots which are poking out of Redbay Tom's @rse.
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I deliver the spuds, apparently!
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