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Old 28 April 2007, 10:57   #11
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Although the idea is good, Seastart won't be following 20 feet away if you break down 100 yards off the Needles and are being washed towards them...
That's what the anchor is for.

A little-used auxillary can't be relied upon either. Plus, they look awful strapped to the back of a sexy looking RIB, I think.
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Old 28 April 2007, 10:57   #12
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That's what the anchor is for.

A little-used auxillary can't be relied upon either. Plus, they look awful strapped to the back of a sexy looking RIB, I think.
I agree.
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Old 28 April 2007, 11:34   #13
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That's what the anchor is for.

A little-used auxillary can't be relied upon either. Plus, they look awful strapped to the back of a sexy looking RIB, I think.
Whilst I agree that auxiliaries can go wrong, you can't always rely on an anchor holding either.

Personally I think I am more inclined to agree with Nos. I like the idea of having an aux there ready to be lowered in case I need it (although I don't have one yet and have not decided if I will), with the anchor available as a last resort. there's no reason a little used but well maintained aux should not get you out of trouble if you need it. Especially if it is run for a few minutes at the start of every outing to check all is OK.

I think this one comes down to personal preference.



Oh, and not wanting to totally hi-jack Dave's thread - I can say from recent experience, you'll soon know if you made a good decision or not when you get out and open her up for the first time Given the amount of people that have Opti's, it can't be a bad decision.
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Old 28 April 2007, 12:58   #14
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Well I like my Verado, but using it shows just how good a two stroke, the opti 150 was that I used to run. Economical, reliable, good choice
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Plus, they look awful strapped to the back of a sexy looking RIB, I think.
A sexy looking rib won't look pretty smashing against the rocks as its anchor (presumably selected on its "shiny curves" rather than its usefulness in an emergency) drags along the sea bed......
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Got a 150 Opti on my 6.9 Solent and the new 6.9 Solent will have a 200 etec
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That's what the anchor is for.
Ever tried anchoring on a rocky bottom in a heavy sea?
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But then I doubt the average Aux carried would be any use anyway.
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Got a 150 Opti on my 6.9 Solent and the new 6.9 Solent will have a 200 etec

And your reasons for changing ?
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Thanks for the advice . Reliability was key for me and since Fairweather Marine would be maintaining engine followed their line that Optis seemed to have very good track record based on their experience. Price also counted !
Agree with many of sentiments about auxiliary - initially wasn't going to bother but will probably now fit seagull type bracket so have option and seek multipurpose 2 stroke.

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