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Old 21 March 2010, 17:37   #31
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From what I read the Etecs lose out a bit to four strokes in mid range cruising fuel economy, which is a bit of a pain as that is where I burn most fuel.
With the 150 propped right on a 5.8 I would say you will see slightly better fuel usuage than you current VRO it may even be better with the 150 as at 25 knots you will be putting a fairly light load on the engine.
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Old 21 March 2010, 19:18   #32
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I've also got a couple of bolt down points in the forward desk for tying down anything that I might wish.
Any chance of a photo of these? Sounds like a good plan for restraining fuel cans...

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With the 150 propped right on a 5.8 I would say you will see slightly better fuel usuage than you current VRO it may even be better with the 150 as at 25 knots you will be putting a fairly light load on the engine.
I hope it will be a lot better! current one uses ~ 1.2L/nm on a typical day out cruising at various speeds, and I read all the time about people running round on about 2/3 of that. What consumption do you get on yours? I guess the Vmax is going to be less efficient than a Destroyer due to the deeper V but I was still hoping for a fair improvement?
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Old 21 March 2010, 19:35   #33
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I guess the Vmax is going to be less efficient than a Destroyer due to the deeper V but I was still hoping for a fair improvement?
What's the deadrise on the Destoyer?
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Old 21 March 2010, 20:06   #34
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Then I would then suggest that someone inspects the tubes before shipment to the Falklands then. Stephen has already had a bad experience of tube failure and I for one had some minor faults with my tubes several weeks after delivery with someone doing a Manchester to Portsmouth round trip to get sorted (Falklands is a little far to go I reckon ) and I know of at least one other Vipermax that had a complete set of tubes replaced FOC because of a fault. These might be isolated incidents, but better to be safe than sorry IMHO.
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Old 21 March 2010, 23:04   #35
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Before you decide, take a look at this thread:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=26149
Stephen, not much more to add than is in this thread. The Soozi 140 is fine, but the boat will take a lot more speed than the engine delivers.

The DF150 is a big lump of motor, (215 kg vs around 195 for the DF 140 or optimax 150 or etec) and I wonder if it would be on the heavy side on the back of a 5.8.

Would the 6.2 and DF150 be the better 4 stroke option?

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-get a through hull depth transducer fitted under the deck, or a well made so you can fit one later.
-make sure you get a stainless frame made for the windshield that you can hang onto as you move forward past the console
-have it delivered with a cover
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Old 22 March 2010, 01:49   #36
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Or you can have the other people in Leyland do them, S.I.T Ltd
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Old 22 March 2010, 03:45   #37
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Or you can have the other people in Leyland do them, S.H.I.T Ltd
Do we know anything about them?
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Old 22 March 2010, 06:05   #38
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Do we know anything about them?
Ex Eurocraft employees I believe. They fit all Ribquest tubes and so far haven't heard any bad reports from them.
Look like they do a tidy job too!
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Do we know anything about them?
I've seen a set they made
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Old 22 March 2010, 08:39   #40
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I've seen a set they made
What colour?
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