It's that perennial decision- what engine setup do I go for? I'm looking at picking up a larger RIB- currently using a 6 metre XS in conjunction with a 150 Honda. I've been very happy with the economy, performance and reliability. Perhaps a little less happy with the initial price of the engine, but then it seems churlish to put a price on the trouble-free boating she has given us.
So I'm now considering stepping up to a larger RIB, perhaps an 8.4 Redbay. My initial thoughts have been to equipping her with twin engines, ranging from two Honda 135's up to twin 200s. I'd like a good cruising speed for relaxed transits, but also a bit of performance to be there on tap for when I have guests onboard who might want a bit of excitement. As we all do, I'd like as much performance as possible while at the same time achieving as much economy as possible. Not asking for much then!
I'd be delighted to hear anyone's thoughts or experiences with any of these set ups, or anything I haven't thought of to aid me in the decision making process. I should say that I'm not keen on Suzukis due to a dispute with the local dealer some time ago- I wouldn't want to have to deal with him again
Thanks in advance.