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Old 01 September 2011, 12:35   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: London
Boat name: Paradiddle
Make: Ribcraft 6.8/Zodiac
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki 200/Evinrude
MMSI: 235071824
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 95
250 or 300hp ?

I am looking to spec up an 8.5 rib with a four stroke outboard and probably Suzuki engine. Does anynody have any experience they wish to share (either good or not so) of the new lean burn 300hp Suzy ? I am reasonably sure the 250 is a safe bet but would welcome any thoughts on the extra 50 horses, suzy 300 reliability generally, the additional running costs etc. etc. Likewise if not a Suzy, wot about a 300 Yam - any thoughts on that. I currently use a 6.6m with a DF200.
Cheers and thanks in advance.

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Old 01 September 2011, 14:25   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: fareham
Boat name: Barracuda
Make: Solent
Length: 9m +
Engine: 300 Suzuki
Join Date: Feb 2010
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I run a suzuki 300 and have 586hrs of trouble free running they are bullet proof smooth and dont worry about fuel its only thirsty if you thrash it, could not recommend it enough.


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Old 01 September 2011, 15:44   #3
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Country: Ireland
Town: Cork
Boat name: No boat
Make: Redbay 650
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki OB
Join Date: Feb 2010
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My last RIB was a Ribcraft 6.8 offshore with a 250hp 4 stroke
Plenty poke in the 250 for that size boat which meant that you always had power in reserve, but if I was going with an 8.5mt. RIB I would definitely go for the 300hp and from my experience would be happy to stay with Suzuki. Another thing you should consider when selecting an engine should be local service.
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Old 01 September 2011, 17:02   #4
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Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Glasgow
Boat name: stramash
Make: Tornado
Length: 5m +
Engine: Etec 90
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The last 8.5 I had, I specced with a 275 Verado and it went like shit off a shovel .. digital throttle and shift was a dream to operate .. the engine is eerily quiet but the power is something to behold .. at mid revs, when you throttled up.. you got pushed back in your seat

Dont know about long term ownership .. only had it 2-3 years from new

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