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Old 15 April 2013, 13:28   #31
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^^^^

Yep, I saw that one too.

WHOA!
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Old 15 April 2013, 14:06   #32
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Sorry, $375,000!
Protector 35 Targa RIB in Other Boats | eBay Motors

I'm not really into the Euro/Med thing but I like this one:
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Old 15 April 2013, 17:11   #33
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The Protector RIB's have a decent ride and with that horsepower, you will probably top out at 25kts or so, and those 115's are pretty fuel efficient.

What concerns me is the hours on the motors, if those motors haven't lost a lower unit lately, they're probably getting close. I'd have the motors checked out at someplace like West Coast Marine Service in Newport Beach before committing...
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Old 24 April 2013, 12:39   #34
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I've got a Targa 28 with twin 225s and love it. Have driven twin 150s and that'll work just fine. 115s do seem quite small, but at that price, I don't think you are paying much for them.
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Old 24 April 2013, 15:10   #35
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Twin 225s?

You must scoot along pretty nicely.

Don't know much about Protectors, but they seem mighty pricey.
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Old 25 April 2013, 14:18   #36
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She'll do 49 knots. Cruises very nicely at 38 kts. Not cheap to buy or on gas, but when you want to go whale watching with the kids 40 miles out, it's the way to go. I would agree new prices are quite high, but you can find some decent used ones.
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Old 25 April 2013, 14:23   #37
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i think we need to get back on topic here because I need the answer now too!! I have 2 RIBs (or at least all the parts to make a second and will eventually sell the first) and a buddy just got a beautiful used 21' Parker for less that what I am going to build my 733 for...

So like mountains, "because it's there" better be a good enough answer...
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Old 25 April 2013, 18:03   #38
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In my opinion the main advantage of ribs is being able to bang them into anything and bounce off without causing serious hull damage. Really handy for coming alongside vessels underway and they also provide extra buoyancy, much harder to sink in heavy conditions.
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My 16' Zodiac RIB is rated to carry more than 2x the load of my 22' FG boat with about 2/3 the HP.

My Zodiac will cruise 60 miles at ~18mph on 6 gallons of gas. My 22' will need ~15 gallons to go the same distance at the same speed. And my 22' is considered to be very fuel efficient.
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My 16' Zodiac RIB is rated to carry more than 2x the load of my 22' FG boat with about 2/3 the HP.
True, people laugh when I tell them that my 7m is rated for 18 people.
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