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Old 01 March 2003, 09:01   #131
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You're barking mad!

P.S. there's a guy on www.offshoreonly.com using your name!
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Old 01 March 2003, 09:04   #132
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Eco drive

Read this, you oldens might need your glasses.
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Old 01 March 2003, 09:09   #133
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I new It wouldn take you long to respond JF ,I have to go now as got to pick the dogs up.

Who cares as our boat is called Crazyhorse as its the boat people remember not there own name.
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Old 01 March 2003, 09:12   #134
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That eco drive looks like an uprotected prop sticking out the back end of a planning hull?
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Old 01 March 2003, 09:13   #135
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Isn't that what you get with a sterndrive!
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CH,
No offence intended, but it's a mad idea, by the time you get the drive clear of the water, your bow will be under it! when the tupperware's available I would go there, as it will dissolve more slowly than your hull! and that's gonna take an age!
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Old 01 March 2003, 09:18   #137
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Crazyhorse

Here is a copy of a letter from the manufacturer:

Detail of the ECO Drive attached, hope it makes sense :-
Here is a short report from two of the “test”-boats, hope you can use this.

In the early spring of 1999 approximately 15 Eco- Drives were produced by the developer, for the purpose of long term trials. These were sold through a dealer in Juan-Les-Pins in the south of France. Last summer we were in France and talked to the owner of two of the boats.


Boat 1: Sunseeker Tomahawk 40’, 2x Mercruiser 330 hps, Bravo drives. Results after changing to Eco-Drives: Increased top speed from 48 to 57 kts, saved 34% fuel costs, and after more than 3 years of use in the Mediteranean, not one problem with the drives.

Boat 2: Sunseeker Cobra 39’, 2x Mercruiser 330 hps, Bravo drives. Results: Increased top speed from 40 to 48 kts, saved 32% fuel costs, and after more than 3 years of use in the Mediteranean, not one problem with the drives.

Both boats were used all year, and for long distances between the Baleares, Sicily, Italy, Corsica and France. He did not know the hours, but it was quite a few.
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Old 03 March 2003, 08:45   #138
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DD since when did we start believing what a company says when its trying to sell its new products in the marine market?

You supprise me as I had you down as weary cynick?

If you go and ask a Turkey what it wants to eat for Christmas,Do you actualy believe its going to say Eh Dirk, I want Turkey with all the trimmings.?And here is a recipie for turkey Pie?
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I have nearly sorted my storage and lanch problems out,

1st option Farm near me 200yds away £5oo pa use my own Tractor as a specilist vehicle and sort the launcher so as to be legal. But Tidal, so some monthly midnight weekend launches

2nd option Sell tractor and leave boat in Holyhead at boatyard out water on launcher,£700 pa plus £15 a lift in and £15 out.Water all the time.

Plus £15 to stay on the Holyhead marina over night.
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DD since when did we start believing what a company says when its trying to sell its new products in the marine market?

You supprise me as I had you down as weary cynick?

If you go and ask a Turkey what it wants to eat for Christmas,Do you actualy believe its going to say Eh Dirk, I want Turkey with all the trimmings.?And here is a recipie for turkey Pie?
I only posted a copy of the letter, I didn't give an opinion, neither did I say I agreed with it. I too am sceptical about the claims, but I shall soon be able to see a drive in use as one is being fitted to a 9 metre Sportsrib in the next couple of months, coupled to a 300hp V8 "marine Diesel". (supercharged Chevrolet)

As for a turkey asking for a turkey dinner, probably a sensible suggestion, after all, it could hardly be served to itself!
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