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Old 27 April 2007, 17:54   #1
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Opti 150 - Reassurance Needed

After 3 years of looking for a family RIB have finally taken the plunge and ordered a Solent 6.5 which should be ready in mid June. After a lot of indecision about engines, including browsing this site and various tests have finally gone for an Opti 150 rather than a 4 stroke Suzuki but would welcome reassurance that this is still a sound choice.

Family pressure suggests that I should have an auxiliary just in case, and I need to replace a defunct suzuki 3.5. Are there any views about what the smallest option is with sufficient power to manouvere a 6.5 ? It may be stored inboard rather than pernamently mounted.

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Old 27 April 2007, 18:18   #2
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Dave,

Nothing anyone can say on this forum will reassure you. The day you first take her out, hear that opti scream (and I mean scream!) and power past 4 stroke suzuki owners, will be the day you have all the reassurance you need.

I've got an opti 150 on a Tohatsu 6.6m (same hull as the solent) and the match is superb!

Enjoy her, they're great boats and great engines.
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Old 27 April 2007, 18:23   #3
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Be re-assured, IMHO a sound choice, but why, when browsing the engine lists, did you stop at 150
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Ian, bring your new Osprey out to play behind Sidewinder one day, and they you'll know!
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Bugger, obviously quick wit and repartee are not for me tonight, first the laptop threw the blue screen of death at me, and then the battery cried enough
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The Opti is a great choice! Just wait to you hear it. Great sound.

Why not forget the auxiliary engine and join SeaStart instead?
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Have you considered an Evinrude etec?

I have never owned an Optimax but am in the same position as you, looking for a powerplant for my new RIB.

I've looked on some forums and Opti's are a very technical engine and seem to spend a little more time in the workshop than other outboards. I could be just that there is more opti's out there and that's the reson, but just an observation.
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Solents are very nice boats I love mine.

Whilst I do like the smoothness and quietness of my 4 stroke, Jimbo is correct when he says his engine screams. It sounds fantastic when you wack the power on, albeit incredibly loud!!
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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...
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For the Aux I have an 8hp 2 stoke Yamaha, which I find woks just fine. I hope I never need to use it in an emergency, but believe the safety it offers (could just be in my mind though) is worth the extra cost and weight.

Itís attached direct to the transom but could really do with a bracket to keep the prop out of the water at slow speed.

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