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Old 25 June 2004, 12:23   #31
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Pleased to hear it, great looking boat.

Don't count your eggs just yet though, i attain similar REV's and speed (5200 = 46knts) but can't pull top REV's with a 21".
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Old 25 June 2004, 17:41   #32
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You will be wanting the nice shinney stainless steel 19" lazer 2 prop thats sat in my kitchen at the moment then

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Old 25 June 2004, 20:50   #33
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Goin out tomorrow with a light boat and safety harnesses to check top speed. Will have 3 on board but with a full tank although I'm sure we won't have any trouble emptying that above 5000 revs!!

All I'll say is what an engine!! I'm sure you'll understand, Daniel!!

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Old 26 June 2004, 20:54   #34
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Ok here we go:

Hit 46kts at 5200rpm today, 3 on board with a full tank, engine trimmed fully down.

The figures are an average of 2 runs in opposite directions and indicated by GPS and smartcraft pitot sensor. The smartcraft gave 46kts both times, which I would expect as it was our actual speed through the water. The GPS gave 47.5kts in one direction and 45kts in the other direction.

The reason I had the engine trimmed fully in was that we had a force 7 blowing here today and although I did find a calm area to check speed it was very windy and still a bit choppy so I decided to play it safe.

Daniel, these figures are very similar to Top Banana's, I think. Can i expect to gain a few knots trimming up with flat water or am I being too optimistic? also will losing 2 bodies have any effect?

What was more important however was how the boat handled today though. It was the first real test. It cut through the rough, was very comfortable, and jumps and lands well!! I know this sounds unbelievable, but I didn't get one bit wet all day (except for rowing in from the mooring, exhausting to say the least, against wind and current!)

Obviously I ain't got any pics, I left the camera at home after I heard the small craft warning, and possible gale warning.

Averaged 1.3nm/litre today with plenty of high speed runs. Running a light boat made a huge difference compared to yesterday!!
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Old 26 June 2004, 23:39   #35
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I can just see that silly mad grin on your face from here! Sounds like the optimax really is as good as it sounds. I guess you wouldn't have any trouble advising me to put one on an Ocean 5.9?
On a sensible note, what are the differences in the saltwater optimax, didn't realise mercury were building different models. Or is it mainly a marketing ploy?
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Old 27 June 2004, 05:33   #36
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Thanks Roo,

Yep, I'd have no problems advising it to you. I'm now sure it was the right choice for me.

SALTWATER OUTBOARDS

Every Mercury® SaltWater Outboard is engineered, built and tested specifically for the harsh demands of big water. Where reliability is what matters most . . . and where salt and sun join forces to wreak havoc on engines and equipment. Our Outboards are built stronger, then tested harder, than any other products on the water. And all to be sure that your time on the water is everything you want and need it to be. (from www.mercurymarine.com)

So basically the Saltwater is a stronger, more corrosion resistant version of the standard version.

Also the Saltwater Optimax has a 25" shaft whereas the normal Opti has a 20" shaft. I noticed yesterday that the longer shaft made a big difference, keeping the prop in the water during jumps where the shorter shaft engine would probably have come out of the water. Also helps with cavitation during turns. Oh and did I mention the blue cowling matches my tubes!!

Anyway theres only £50 in the difference (RRP) so I can't really see it as a marketing ploy.
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Old 27 June 2004, 18:23   #37
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Ive recently put a saltwater opti 150 on my scorpion 6.5 instead of the normal Optimax and it has ruined both the handling and the performance of the boat.

i was really disapointe as I thought the longer shaft would make the performance much tighter but it has done the opposite.
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Old 27 June 2004, 19:12   #38
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i was really disapointe as I thought the longer shaft would make the performance much tighter but it has done the opposite.
Can you elaborate please Rogue? I'm very interested, PM me if you want?
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Old 06 July 2004, 20:11   #39
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a few pics!!

Managed to get some pics takin of the boat tonight. It was very dark and so had to use a long shutter speed to get the light, so most photos are blurry!! Sorry, i didn't take the photos!!

1) Friend's Lencraft 6.5 Intruder

2) En route to Cobh

3) Just pottering along outside East Ferry

4) Outside Cobh



I know the pics are poor, will try and get some good ones during the day with the brother at the helm, maybe next week during Cork Week 2004.
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Old 21 August 2005, 16:36   #40
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Long term quality

Hi
The XS 6m in blue looks really very good. I understand that its a great value package, one of the mags tried a 7m recently and said some of the hardware wasn't "top end" stuff. Your boat looks very well finished and I wondered how things have worn and how her condition has held up. All this 50 knot stuff takes its toll. Also when I first saw the pics , I wondered how the seat padding would fare after a seasons use - hopefully well.
Whats your long term economy from the boat?
Very interested because this is on my shortlist for next year.

Also - is your mother in law still a fan?
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