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Old 14 May 2007, 05:31   #1
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Dear all,

After selling my old Ribtec 585 before Christmas I got withdrawal symptoms and decided it was time to buy another RIB.

So after looking at;-

Artic 22 bare
Artic 28 bare
Avon 8.4 with twin 225s (lets not even go there! )

A friend and I have now settled on........ another Ribtec 585!!

And in order to remain consistent with previous names Northern Exposure IV was born!

We picked it up in Plymouth Yacht Haven and it used to belong to the National Marine Aquarium as a dive boat.

Currently with one Merc 75 on the back its a total pig but plans are in motion for either another 75 or a Merc 150.

Only problem is the boat was set up for a twin 75 hp set up and has a trunk in the centre of the well! I favour another 75 on it but my partner in crime thinks a big 150 is the way to go.

What do people think?? I'm interested in doing the boat up over a couple of years and selling on so resale is important to us.

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Old 14 May 2007, 05:35   #2
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Old 14 May 2007, 13:03   #3
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I would go twins. I like the maneuverability of twins and knowing that if I ever loose one motor I won’t have to limp home at 3 knots with a kicker. Besides it looks really cool having two big motors hanging off the back.
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Old 14 May 2007, 15:00   #4
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I would go twins. I like the maneuverability of twins and knowing that if I ever loose one motor I won’t have to limp home at 3 knots with a kicker. Besides it looks really cool having two big motors hanging off the back.
2 is safer than one, and maneuverability is much better. The Europe problem is the petrol price....

Price from shell (sweden) today.
Blyfri 95 0,88£/litres (at land)
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Old 14 May 2007, 18:39   #5
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The second engine does improve safety etc., but is much more expensive (initial cost, maintenance, fuel) and performance will not be as good as with a BAS (Big-Ass Single).

I know there are threads about this all over Rib.net, so I won't repeat them...

I went through the same deliberation when I bought my boat (5.9m Hurricane, so similar size) and "everybody" talked me out of it. Having said this, I have blown two heads in 9 years... always really close to home... but there are times that I really wish I had done the twins instead... I suspect it depends how far off shore you go among other things....
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Id personally go for a second 75
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