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Old 14 April 2003, 15:38   #11
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Jon, the eagle 5.6 and the sparrowhawk 5.2 have their good and bad points like any other boat. I like the hard nose as it cuts through anything and provides plenty of storage space for bits and pieces. Also, the transom is very high extending well above the tubes thereby reducing the risk of pooping. They don't need lots of horses to make them shift and the console gives a nice knees bent riding position. Downsides are the early boats only had one air chamber per side, and the deck finish is a bit basic although I believe these faults have been ironed out on later boats. As always, age and condition define the price.

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Old 14 April 2003, 15:45   #12
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Going to see it tomorrow night

Apparently 'mid 90's' boat - black tubes, hull and tubes in vgc.

70hp Suzuki 4 stroke - 18mths old 50 hours.

Has twin jockeys & fixed radio & GPS.

Owner's wife says they have been to Ireland regularly in it (before and after 4 stroke purchased).

I can only look, then take it out over w/e!

Thanks for your thoughts

Jon
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Old 14 April 2003, 16:51   #13
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Osprey Sparrowhawk 5.2m, bomb proof little boat. Went round Scotland in 92 in one with a single 60 hp Merc. The only thing that broke was the VHF Ariel fell overboard. Histroy over took the design in the end because divers (the main market for the Opsrey / Offshore Components / Northern Diver Group) demanded more space (width) for the same length which is difficult with a hard nose. They still sell well in Europe apparently.

60 Hp on the 5.2 produced 26 knots (30 mph) for 5 - 6 gph with a 13" prop. Topped 34 mph once with a light load and 14" prop. Fitted a 75 hp merc for a while, much better touque.

Worst point was surfing down big waves (F7) when it is possible to stuff the nose if the thorttle is backed off (bottled out). But then perhaps you shouldn't be out in F7 with a heavily loaded boat and full tanks. Learned later that the correct action is to use lots of bottle and throttle.

The 5.6 Eagle is also excellent but avoid the 5.0m Merlin, they are too short in the water length and run to nose up even with 3 ppl in the nose.

Black tubes should have blow off valves fitted as they do get hot in the summer.

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Old 14 April 2003, 17:47   #14
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Found lightly loaded Sparrowhawks are real vomit makers if not steaming. They sit on one tube and the keel, then fall in their own time over onto the other tube, usually in a different timescale to the sea. Never bothered me (touch wood) but I've had the dubious pleasure of watching many shout for Hughie out of them.
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