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Old 28 March 2015, 18:04   #11
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Thanks guys for your input so far. Jason, I don't really go out too much in bad conditions , I just like knowing that the boat is capable. I get nearly as much enjoyment out of these boats just looking at these boats! Is that normal???
Definetly love a glassy morning at WOT. Cheers.
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Old 24 April 2015, 06:54   #12
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Ended up with both these boats! OTech with no motor or leg, and australian built H733 with Volvo 200hp DP 290 duo prop. Thinking of cleaning up the hurricane and selling it ,to fund a new motor and drive for the OTech! Only problem is not sure how OTech rides. Surely can't be too different to the 733/Willard boats!! Any thoughts on motor and leg combos for the OTech? Was thinking of staying with inboard diesel!
Hulls are similar dead rise but there are some obvious differences. The hull near the bow is a very sharp leading edge. Would cut through water pretty well you would think.Click image for larger version

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Supposedly, from talking to warfarerhib, he didn't like the ride of the Otech when compared to a Willard. He said more deadrise and felt like it needed more power than a Willard.

Since Otech went under, I'd just bet that there were less made - maybe that's why there are less out there?

With the extra 6" of beam and molded in anchor locker, I really liked the boats (I've only crawled around on them, never sea trialed). I thought rumor had it that they were a Crompton mold???

A little tidbit, the original hypalon tubes for the Otech's were built in the UK (maybe by Paul Tilley? - wasn't Henshaws), so if the PU tubes aren't worth saving, the patterns are still out there.

Either way, both will be good boat and keep us posted with what you do!
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Very cool to see them next to each other. The Otech is quite a bit different. Anybody care to explain the significant differences in the bottom of the hulls/strakes??

Otech needs more power, in sure that wouldn't be an issue. Where's clloyd??

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Old 24 April 2015, 23:35   #15
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Thanks ncp, the tubes on the OTech are 2005 and in good condition. The guy that imported it said it had been stored under cover for some years! The hull is in excellent condition and so is the deck. I like the extra room in the aft quarter of the boat, for fishing and diving. I'm sure the boat would still have good ride, although maybe not as good as 733/Willard Mold. I guess my idea of selling the hurricane to fund power for OTech was that it should sell easy! I just sold a 733 hurricane jet rib with Yanmar 6LP in a week of it being advertised.
Was thinking of Volvo D4 260 with duo prop!! Looks pretty good on paper and plenty of service agents here in Oz.Click image for larger version

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Yea jason there is a fair difference in hull. I'm guessing that all those chines would make the ride a bit bumpier. ( only guessing) . Extra width of beam would make it more stable at speed. Maybe it would handle well with a pod and outboards! Should talk more to some of the guys on here that have done the conversion. . Um did you do a conversion to outboards, jason? Think you did! If so how does it handle?

Any input welcome. Thanks guys.
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I put the Zodiac bracket on mine and that's the only way i've know it. Handles like a ferrari as far i can tell.

Talk to the ever knowledgeable Ryan Pratt about his bracket maker, that guy is very well known for his fiberglass brackets.

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