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Old 22 September 2007, 03:10   #11
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Country: UK - England
Town: Reading, Hants
Boat name: Juicy
Make: Sealine F43
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i went opti as well and it was a choice between price, power, weight, looks, warranty, resale, other unproven units at the time.

i went opti and very very pleased with it, lots of oompf and good economy and a great noise.

if you think you are going to be as quiet at lower speeds as a 4 stroke then forget it but at cruising speeds and higher speeds it is absolutely fine. Some people complain they are noisey but perhaps they did not get out there and test ride some and do their homework properly.

try to test ride a boat with one on the back and if you like the noise then you are all set.

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Old 22 September 2007, 04:40   #12
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Cost of purchase plays a large part in the decision process. You can put up with a bit of noise etc. for a good few grand saved. I'll probably go for an Etec next time as it's pretty good in most depts and comes in somewhere between an Opti and a 4st regarding noise.

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Old 22 September 2007, 05:18   #13
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I am biased as I own one but I really like the Etec I have on the back of my boat and a freind who has an Optimax said he would not go for one again purely because it is so noisy especially at cruising speeds. Its not ideal if your carrying passengers and can be quiet tiring.

The Etec at idle is very quiet in fact you can hardly hear it and although not as quiet as a four stroke under way its not far off.

I was in Cardiff Lock with another Rib that had a pair of Large Optis on the back and it sounded like a pair of tractors running in there !


Originally Posted by Rib Master View Post
Thanks for the feedback.

I think I am pretty much decided on an Optimax 225.

The Boatshow was an interesting yet confusing time.

I nearly went Suzi 250 with vvt but then the price is a bit painful...

Based on Optimax tried and tested engines and price at the moment, I don't think I can go wrong with this choice.

Currently I am at £10k all fitted to a new 8.3Mtr but that may be subsidised by the rib manufacturer..
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Old 22 September 2007, 16:00   #14
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Smell ooff two stroker

I dont think anyone has has said it yet, but if you are skiing etc behind boat, the smell of a 2 stroke in you lungs having just skied and looking for O2 can be a put off.
However the 2 stroke has more grunt to get boat out of water.
While you are at it, using Hydro planes off engine gets the stern out faster so the engine can use its grunt to pull out Skier.

I had a marlin 16 with SUzi 70 behind and found it needing much more power.
It would not have pulled a skier out of the water on mono.

My guess is to try one first for skiing mono and see!

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