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Old 04 September 2010, 18:48   #11
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wont the extra 10hp be lost by the extra weight? i would give it another coat of thought before you decide, its unlikely you will have warranty issues with the boat, more likely to be the motor so if you do get it rigged elsewhere you will only be travelling to one place anyhow
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Old 04 September 2010, 20:10   #12
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Add me to the 90hp Etec club

Though I think the new Suz 90 is pretty light as well?
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Old 04 September 2010, 20:36   #13
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My thinking is that if you're a little tight on money and want the best possible bang for buck is to get Ribcraft to quote for a bare hull/tubes/seats and console (which they'll be happy to do), then motor it up to a reputable/local Evinrude dealer (should give you a cheaper deal) and get them to fit the 90 Etec for you. That way you keep the installation of the engine close to home or with your preferred dealer and all the subsequent servicing is done by your engine fitter. Plus you'll save on the servicing as 2 strokes are generally cheaper than 4 and you don't even have to service an Etec for the first 3 years to keep your warranty valid (will save you around 1000 of service costs over that of a 4 stroke).
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I do also consider there are benefits in doing the deal with the one manufacturer, no issue on warranties, who's responsible for what etc......that one mighr get with a partial fit out with one, with engine / cabling / controls / balance / gauges being fitted by another. Yes I know there are lots of ribbists out there who mix & match & do own builds, I don't think that route is the one I want to take (coward!).
This is punter talk, on the likes of which Ribcraft prosper. If you had a warranty issue with the motor, would you to drag it
to Yeovil rather than take it to your nearest Suzuki agent?
If the answer is no, why not have your nearest Evinrude agent supply and fit an Etec? That way you'll have a supplier/customer relationship in place near home.

Your making rib building sound much more complicated that it actually is.
Ribcraft would be responsible for the boat/trailer warranty, the engine inc. all engine ancillaries would be covered by the supplier/manufacturer.

My Osprey was built nr. Wolverhampton, the engine was supplied and fitted in Liverpool, I live in West Cornwall. I had a warranty issue with the engine last week, it was excellently dealt with by my local Evinrude agent, 3m from my house.
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Old 05 September 2010, 05:04   #15
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My thinking is that if you're a little tight on money and want the best possible bang for buck.
I think the opposite, having Ribcraft supply and fit everything is a good way of paying 'full list' for every component on the boat.
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Old 05 September 2010, 05:44   #16
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ts unlikely you will have warranty issues with the boat, more likely to be the motor so if you do get it rigged elsewhere you will only be travelling to one place anyhow
I'm not sure I'd agree with that, there have been enough people reporting problems (with boats of most brands) that I wouldn't assume the boat doesn't need to go back to base for repairs to hull, metalwork or tubes.

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I think you need to put your reading glasses on - you and Hightower are actually in agreement!

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I do also consider there are benefits in doing the deal with the one manufacturer, no issue on warranties, who's responsible for what etc......that one mighr get with a partial fit out with one, with engine / cabling / controls / balance / gauges being fitted by another. Yes I know there are lots of ribbists out there who mix & match & do own builds, I don't think that route is the one I want to take (coward!).
It should be quite clear which bits are who's responsibility and where the problem lies. Its not uncommon for boat and engine to be supplied by differnet people and I can't recall anyone ever reporting finger pointing like you're worried about going on.

I guess you might get into grey areas if e.g. a fuel tank sender is fitted in the tank by Ribcraft and then wired to a display by someone else. You're worrying about a few 50 components there, on a boat which will cost thousands, and where the "premium" you might be paying for a "one stop shop" outweighs it many times. If RIBcraft are talking up this side of things (I've no idea if its them, the "market in general" or just your own opinion) then I'd walk away from Ribcraft - a manufacturer whos trying to worm out of warranty before its built is not going to be good if needed. RIBcraft have supplied enough boats without Suzi engines that you're breaking the mould - or going into uncharted territory. IF Ribcraft ARE using this as part of the sales process for the Suzi, I'd also walk away - I'd want a builder / saleman who was interested in helping me get the right boat - the Suzi might be the right boat - but sell it on the advantages not waffle. Whilst RC are obviously great boats, they don't have a monopoly in the good tough boats market - and they need to be more open to fitting the right engine for you not them. Of course if this "its much easier if its all done in one place" stuff is not coming from RC - then I'd give them a call and tell them you are very seriously considering an Etec and need there help to make that happen.
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then motor it up to a reputable/local Evinrude dealer (should give you a cheaper deal) and get them to fit the 90 Etec for you.
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I think you need to put your reading glasses on - you and Hightower are actually in agreement!
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I think you need to put your reading glasses on - you and Hightower are actually in agreement!

Got 'em on now. Yep you're right.

Lakeland, please don't think that this some sort of 'ganging-up' exercise. We'd all like you to have the very best rig for your hard earned cash.
Ribcraft would fit a Suzuki on every boat they build for obvious reasons. No way is a Suzuki the best possible engine option for every boat that comes out of their factory, it's impossible. Suzuki are good engines, but IMV, not the best option for your rig.
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90 hp 3cyl opti. V quiet, economical, reliable, fast and cheaper than etec I believe.
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