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Old 19 October 2004, 04:18   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset
Length: 4m +
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Get the 200 and buy a 6-8HP aux engine with it's own fuel supply.
With the twin engines you will use alot more fuel, have lower top speed, twice servicing costs etc.

If you are set on the twin engined set up make sure that the boat will plane with only one engine when fully loaded -if it doesnt twin engines are almost pointless because you can travel at displacement speeds with a decent sized aux.

Nice decision to make though!

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Old 19 October 2004, 05:28   #12
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: St Peter Port
Boat name: Black Pig
Make: XS-Ribs
Length: 9m +
Engine: 2 x 225hp Optimax
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This all depends on how you are going to use the rib.

If your a weekender and knocking around in local waters then I'd suggest a big single and a small auxillary.

If your a cruiser and want to explore other parts of the country or stray away from home for long(ish) durations then the safety of having twins comes into it's own. But I agree that twin fuel tanks are a good option if you decide to go for twins.

It's really down to two and speed!

I had the same problem when I ordered my new XS-Rib. I would have loved to put twin 115's on the back but my bank balance didn't allow for the extra £4k. So for the moment I've opted for a 200 on the back with an 8hp aux.

Hope that helps!?

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Old 19 October 2004, 07:26   #13
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin.
Boat name: Tender 2.
Make: Valiant DR 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150 Optimax
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Thanks !

All the comments are really appreciated. The only reason I'm looking at the two engine option is that its for sale. Both ribs are for sale one with 200 hp and one with twins. I suspect if I go for the Zodiac it will be a single engine option. Keep the comments coming. And remember Im in the market for a 6 to 6.5m rib any sellers out there ??????????
Fast... Very feckin fast please.
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Old 19 October 2004, 07:47   #14
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Old 19 October 2004, 08:23   #15
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Boat name: TOP CAT 2
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was an article in boat mart this month, they tested the same boat twice in one year, once with twin suzi 140s on back and once with one suzi 250 on back... top speed on 250 was only about three mph less.. if ur after security or manoverabilty get the twins, but i rekon (imho)they will be alot slower.. plus 2x drag in water 2x maintenance 2x oil 2x chance of failure and on and on..

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