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Old 12 August 2014, 04:32   #21
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Did CJL have one of the new mercury 4 stroke 150s on a ribtec 585?
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Old 12 August 2014, 04:34   #22
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I've had quite a few 2strokes in the past,inc an E-tec which I quite liked...and I would say the smaller RIB the more important the engine weight/power ratio choice is.(always..in the past anyway!..a 2stk pluss)
For Ease of operation,Great economy,Clean burning,Whisper Quiet running and no Flaphing with Oil!..With the proviso it's matched to the right Boat... For me the Four stoke wins out!
Maybe some of the Die Hard 2stroke boys should try a WELL-matched 4stk Rig some time!
In the end it's down to personal preference of course,but IMO it does pay to have run tried BOTH if you are going to make comparisons.

The commercial RIB operators Market is always a good indicator...and I wonder what the ratio is between those which run 2stk and 4strks these days?
...Or... maybe I don't!
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Old 12 August 2014, 04:36   #23
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Old 12 August 2014, 04:59   #25
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I've had quite a few 2strokes in the past,inc an E-tec which I quite liked...and I would say the smaller RIB the more important the engine weight/power ratio choice is.(always..in the past anyway!..a 2stk pluss)
For Ease of operation,Great economy,Clean burning,Whisper Quiet running and no Flaphing with Oil!..With the proviso it's matched to the right Boat... For me the Four stoke wins out!
Maybe some of the Die Hard 2stroke boys should try a WELL-matched 4stk Rig some time!
In the end it's down to personal preference of course,but IMO it does pay to have run tried BOTH if you are going to make comparisons.

The commercial RIB operators Market is always a good indicator...and I wonder what the ratio is between those which run 2stk and 4strks these days?
...Or... maybe I don't!

Loads of OBs on lake Garda the rental boys all use 4 banger yams and a few suzi in a new white colour the only 2 bangers we saw twin 300s on a cabin rib
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Billy has more marinas/boat yards/boat services on his doorstep than us in the centre of the country could ever hope for.

Thank you Dave for putting our ill informed friend to rights. We are lucky up here in that most of the main engines are covered plus we have plenty of general services from other yards/marinas.


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Old 12 August 2014, 06:13   #27
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The commercial RIB operators Market is always a good indicator...and I wonder what the ratio is between those which run 2stk and 4strks these days?
...Or... maybe I don't!

Most of the seafari type ribs up here certainly used to run Etecs, noticed one in Corrywrecken recently that has had Yams fitted so maybe the tide is changing.

I liked the Etecs, they were slimmer and lighter at the time I re-powered, the instant power was fantastic. They did seem very sensitive to water in the fuel, however I have no idea if a modern four strokes injectors would have fared any better.
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The commercial RIB operators Market is always a good indicator..........

The "Commercial" comparison always makes I larf I wonder how many professional lorry/van/Tug boat drivers get home at the weekend & think "hmm, shall I take the Triumph/Aston/Lambo or the Transit/Mondeo/Insignia out for a blast"
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The "Commercial" comparison always makes I larf I wonder how many professional lorry/van/Tug boat drivers get home at the weekend & think "hmm, shall I take the Triumph/Aston/Lambo or the Transit/Mondeo/Insignia out for a blast"
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...I'm looking forward to taking you a Sue on our IOW trip...in the Boring RIB with the 250 Suzi on the Back!!!
Oh and I'm glad you sorted the problem you had with yours on the way back from Irland last year
Remind me what was it again?
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Opti 150s can be had for very very cheap indeed these days. I paid 6300 for one with 10hours and 4.5 years warrenty remaining last year.
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