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Old 14 March 2003, 12:24   #31
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VW already have a few engines out on the water... They set up their own "marinising" division" last year and demo'd some of the engines in a Scandanavian hard boat. There was also a VW powered RIB at the Southampton boat show - a med style bench seat jobbie. I don't think they've done anything over 120hp yet, though.
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Old 14 March 2003, 13:02   #32
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Hi Alan

I have never compared the Opti V Ficht in a head to head or anything like that , But when talking to the Guys doing the Round Ireland, Just as they were compleated the Last leg, I asked about Fuel consumption, Every one said that I asked that Fichts were much better that the Opti's buy a long shot.
OK it maybe not 40% but, my experance of asking people running Opti's on the trip, "Which is better on fuel Opti's or Fichts" They would mutter under there breath that Fichts were, But trying to explain that Opti's are cheeper.......

Also No Evinrude failed on that trip, No so sure about Opti's though.......

The Bottom Line is Fichts are more technically advanced, mechanically simpler and more efficent and better than Opti's and you cant argue with that!!!!!
Even though very early OMC 96-98 ones were made from chocolate, and If you have one and it starts to go wrong, unbolt it from the rib and let it slip peacefuly into a watery Grave, before ringing your insurance company
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VW Diesel

Here is a photo of a VW motor, coupled to a Mercruiser drive. I believe it is a marinised Passat engine, 2.5 litre turbo.
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Old 14 March 2003, 13:40   #34
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...marinised Passat engine, 2.5 litre turbo..
...ahh, they might get more than 120hp out of that, then!
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Look on www.ibinews.com. They are based on the 5 cylinder turbo diesel and go up to 150 hp, which is, I believe, the unit very tidily fitted to Polymarine's 6.5m King RIB as seen at Southampton.

Lovely technology too - very refined - 5 cylinders sounds great - like a gunboat!
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Sorry Tim you are wrong.

A Ficht did break down on the round Ireland trip- in a big way. I know this as I supplied it.

I have also tested the latest Fichts and compared them to Opti's. The Opti was better on fuel. I was impressed with the Fichts power though, definatly more than the Opti, however I have had 3 late ones let me down.

I agree diesle is the way ahead.
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Old 18 March 2003, 15:06   #37
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OK I stand corrected then,

The only problem I have with the Ficht motors is , Ficht Ram Oil at €34 (£23)for 4L,..... How much is it in the UK??????
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No luck here Tim. It's about the same price here. The Opti Oil is just as expensive too. Cheapest option is to buy a 50gallon drum of the stuff, costs about £400 but it obviously depends how much you use your boat.
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That may be an option, would you go splits on a barell ???? I am over fro the rib net confrence in May if thats any good ?????
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