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Old 25 June 2005, 05:04   #1
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Fuel consumption

Hello to all the good people of Ribnet.
I am wondering if anyone has any experience with the Mariner 175 Ski outboard with regards to fuel consumption. The engine is approx 1993. It is fitted to a Ribcraft 6.5.
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Old 01 July 2005, 02:41   #2
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Opinion?

Sorry, I have no info for you, but am curious about your 6.5 Ribcraft, as I am about to receive one. Any peculiarities with it? How does it handle with the 175? How big of seas have you run it in? PM if you'd like; love to hear about your experience with the boat. john
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Old 01 July 2005, 12:26   #3
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Jklingel, thanks for your reply. The Ribcraft 6.5 is a very comfortable riding boat. I have only had the boat for a few months now, so have not had the opertunity to test it in any real weather!! The most i have been out in was approx 30k gusting 35k in sheltered waters. This gave a short steep sea of about 2m max. In this, she handled brilliantly! Pushing the throttle was a wild ride, but slacken off to about 20k, and she becomes a very stable and surprisingly smooth ride!
My boat is just over ten years old now, and i think that the new 6.5 is slightly different, but in what ways i do not know.
Anyway, hope you enjoy your new craft like i am with mine!!!
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Old 01 July 2005, 18:11   #4
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Yup i had one for a short while and i'm sorry to say it drinks the stuff. It's some years ago and i was not really into long distance "cruising" at the time but i would say easily over 50 an hour to run. Are you trying to estimate fuel range? Why not fit a navman fuel computer (you'll really scare yourself). IMHO if you are thinking of long distance best bite the bullet and buy an Opti or something now and benefit from a halved fuel bill.
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Old 02 July 2005, 00:31   #5
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