Originally Posted by Mollulnan
Chris you are a lovely guy, but you are missing the point. To say that your boat will be your slowest vehicle you have is crazy! It could be the scariest and the most dangerous. 70mph on the water is the equivalent of 130mph on an unmade road in the dark. You have no sea experience, it's not the Thames out there. I've been using boats on the sea for over 30 years and it scares me. Four people died in our estuary this year in fast boats. It's not about strapping big engines on our boats and going like hell! There is so much more to it. Go steady mate and you'll have the best fun, but leave the boyracer mentality onshore.
thanks for the comments and they are all good points, my response would be as follows...
i agree when the sea is rough then you have to tone it back to suit the conditions and that is when the real fun starts and i am really looking forward to it.
but when the sea is calm and flatish then it is nice to have a turn of speed and to be honest 45 odd mph doesnt cut it for me. (which is what a picton 8.5 with a 225 was giving at 19 galls per hour)
but also it is nice to have some reserve when having fun on the sea and larger hp engine can deliver performance with less strain and hopefully perhaps reduced economy.
i also very much respect the sea and it scares me sometimes and that is the only way to be i think and yes i have a lot to learn, probably always will have!!
if i want high speed thrills i would go for the 1000cc road bike over a boat any day.
to me when the sea is rough is it like going off roading which i love so that will be cool and you have to temper the speed when off roading as well
however i want a boat with enough umph when i need it, i have always been a bit of a power, cc, hp speed freak and i probably wont change.
if i am going to be pouring 19 galls per hour down the back end i would rather be doingit at 60+ in a vipermax than 44+ in a picton cobra (sorry hard but the one we went out in was not quick enough, even my two year old said "faster daddy", it was very calm and a very big boat and rode the sea very very well which probably give the impression of less speed and fuss)
so i will take care and take any advice given on how to drive the boat etc in various conditions but i hear hp calling and will possibly go down the route of an etec 200 i suspect as is the same weight as an opti 150, love the 175 suz, i am going to call brugge marine and get their advice too.
i love optis and if one is at the right pice then i might go opti still but they are older technology now and it might be timly to go for one of the newer engines. Some folks say wait till they have been out for a few years to prove themselves but frankly i am not fussed with that. i am managing to get all the engines at similar prices (within 300£) with the etec 200 coming out most expensive at a 1k more so i am trying to balance price with hp with technology
went out for a blast yesterday as it was a f3-6 for a bit of fun, we took it easy as had ethan in the boat and he loved it. i wont lay the boat up for the winter as if it is not tooo cold then will be out there for a blast, yesterday was grate, just had shorts on which is amazing for the end of october
take care mate