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Old 01 May 2007, 17:45   #41
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Thanks for all the above. Obviously many different views but upshot appears to be good reliable and exhilerating engine, especially in combination with 6.5 although some consider older technology and noisy. Resale value of interest but not the key factor. Not sure I'm totally convinced by ETEC.
Im not going to even begin asking opinions on plotters !

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Old 01 May 2007, 18:12   #42
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I didnt read all the notes posted but if you look at the ribs for sale or JBT site, you will find a Ballistic with Opti 150 at at least 4 k less than Verado and a couple less than etec. Thus resale iffy.

They seem well tried and trusted. If you look back at this site a few of us tried to compare some of these. The Honda 150 sems very frugal and quiet in operation.

If two strokers suffer the same negative press that SUV`s are over here in Ireland by self opinionated ignorant assholes who sem to think we need nothing bigger than a 1 ltr car to drive 7 pax with air con, then you will end up using it as an anchour...

I am sure it would be fine if you write it off (value) over a few short years.
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Old 01 May 2007, 19:02   #43
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I didnt read all the notes posted but if you look at the ribs for sale or JBT site, you will find a Ballistic with Opti 150 at at least 4 k less than Verado and a couple less than etec. Thus resale iffy.

They seem well tried and trusted. If you look back at this site a few of us tried to compare some of these. The Honda 150 sems very frugal and quiet in operation.

If two strokers suffer the same negative press that SUV`s are over here in Ireland by self opinionated ignorant assholes who sem to think we need nothing bigger than a 1 ltr car to drive 7 pax with air con, then you will end up using it as an anchour...

I am sure it would be fine if you write it off (value) over a few short years.
i expect the opti cost 4 k less than the verado to start with or something similar if he pulled a smart deal.

the etec could have been a good 1-2 k more as well

its all horses for courses really just like cars, some people are very happy to buy cars that devaluate like bricks

mine lost 47k in the first 2.5 years
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Old 02 May 2007, 06:27   #44
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I loved my 150 opti, great acceleration, great noise (if a bit loud for on longer trips!), good on fuel too!
But when I was changing I was going to go for a Etec 200, but ended up with a 220 v6 petrol inboard, but that's anther story!
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Sorry to ruin some of the swell constructed arguments on here, but I bought my e-tec because at the time it was the best deal I could get. That particular avenue is now closed by the way.
Certain well known oufits quoted me 2K more than I paid for my E-tec for an Opti!
Decisions like this are rarely clear cut, I think it is down to the individual and the timing. The important thing is to get out and enjoy it
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Old 02 May 2007, 09:28   #46
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Etec Prices

Try Aquamarine in Chertsey for E-Tech prices they seem very reasonaable they have a 115 V4 Etec in there at the moment for 6,400 with SS prop (not rigged)

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Old 02 May 2007, 13:34   #47
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I have a Solent 6.5 with a 150 Opti. This RIB and engine combination is perfect! Enjoy.
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So... Quick hijack here. Who sees an opti as old technology and who sees it as proven technology?
Personally I see it as new technology I think the 150 Opti is an excellent choice for a 6.5m rib. The smaller block 150 Optis also seem to be reliable, we have seen Rogue Wave clock up 700 hours on one, so must be fairly robust.

Jimbo has one of the early models and that still flies on a 6.6m rib

They have also been around long enough for dealers to know what they are doing with them, rather than the much sucking of teeth when they first appeared on the market.

Is the E Tech significantly better ? well thats subjective, clearly Riva thinks they are, but then he sells them. Looked after and serviced regularly there is no reason why an Opti shouldn't give years of reliable service. Would I buy another second hand Opti, yes no problem.

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I agree with Pete7 I have a 150 opti which I have had a few problems with but now all sorted . After stripping it and cleaning and servicing all the injectors it really flies and it is not nearly as complicated as it first appears . Fuel consumption is OK and I love the noise and ooomph it has .Now I am a little more up to speed on them I would certainly buy another one even if it was showing signs of problems . I think I know enough about them now.
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Well I've said it before... running a nice Verado now, makes me realise how good my 150 opti was , reliable, economical and a lot cheaper to buy than a verado............ hang on .... how many times do I have to repeat myself Buy the fooking opti so we can close the thread
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