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Old 01 September 2007, 07:32   #1
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Vmax, Suzu, Honda , Yam???? Which?

This is all purely hypothetical, but when I finally get a berth, I don't think that my little rib will be adequate anymore. It can't ride the waves, cos it's too small.

In our neck of the woods, there is a very nice Zodiac, Suzu and Honda dealer, from which I bought my current boat. If I were to upgrade now, I think it would be a Pro 15 man with a single engine, but which one? I like my current Suzu df50, but I am not sure if getting a df150 for this boat would be as good as a vmax 150. Would it be worth getting the suzu just becase it would mean that I bought the whole thing from one dealer, or would the added performance of the vmax outweigh the fact that it would come from the dealer down the road?

I also would prob go for Outhill Jockeys and a console because Zodiac don't do jockeys?

Thoughts please
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Old 01 September 2007, 11:53   #2
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Honda.
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Old 01 September 2007, 15:11   #3
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They are all good engines - personally I would get the lightest for the HP - the best deal also helps!!!
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Old 02 September 2007, 02:58   #4
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that would be an e-tec then. it is 190kg, suzu 220, yam vmax 217 -but doesnt that have better hole shot and top speed?
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Do you realise most 200hp engines are the same block therefore the same weight???
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Old 03 September 2007, 12:13   #6
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Am very impressed with two I have, back up is good too.

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Old 03 September 2007, 16:57   #7
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The max rating for the hull is 150! which is a bit small. Bear in mind that this is for a few years time tho!

I would seriously consider getting a vipermax from the uk to take over, but I'm not sure how well it would work with maintenence. I would not like to go back and forth on a ferry with a whopping great 6+ metre rib on the back the whole time. I think I could prob use a engine place ova here, cos we have yam, honda, suz +evinrude.

off topic, has anyone ever heard of a jet outboard.........
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I assume you mean a waterjet outboard? If so don't bother - they typica\lly lose about 30% power - they are only useful for shallow running and saftey.
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My take is that pretty much all motors are good. Of course, I have my likes and dislikes, but that's a personal thing.

Do your research, figure out your own likes and dislikes, evaluate weight, performance, price, etc, and get the choices down to a short list.

At that point, I would opt for the one that is easiest to get serviced at a reputable shop (or better yet, a shop you like) near your location. It's a pain in the butt to have to travel a ways to get the motor worked on/serviced/whatever.

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