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Old 01 August 2009, 07:25   #31
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agreed, osprey do look very nice I will try and visit a dealer or the factory at some stage
Show up when Bedajim, DHDai and I are out on the water together and you'll have most of the Vipermax range to demo.
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Old 01 August 2009, 08:07   #32
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Diesel - IMHO the only real reason to get (i.e. pay the extra for) a diesel RIB for general leisure use is if petrol is difficult to get where you use the boat.

Speed - almost all 6-6.5m ribs will be able to cruise in reasonable conditions at >30 knots unless they have either a small engine or some diesels. So that means speed is no longer really a useful shortlisting criteria!

Sea Keeping - the vast majority of 6-6.5m ribs will be more comfortable in rough stuff than your current 4.5m (ish?) boat. I'm not sure that this is actually going to help you shortlist much either. If it did the two boats you have been leaning towards so far - might well be 'eliminated'.

I missed a possible manufacturer off your shortlist - Shakespeare (stevetheboat on here). I would have thought something along the lines of iandl's boat might tick your boxes? Don't recall seeing a review - but sure there are people here who could comment. I think they are at the cheaper end of the spectrum, and I am sure Steve is happy to sell either finished or part completed boats.

Price - You possibly need to decide if you want new or 2nd hand, that will help you cut down the list. We can only say what we would do - if I had that sort of money to spend on a boat I wouldn't be buying a 2nd hand Ribeye or Ballistic, even if some outside influence was driving me towards a "pretty" boat.
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Thanks for the correction, I said that thinking about HighTowers build last year which I loved reading about. Do Osprey have a dealer where I could try out and look over the boats?
Although my build thread looks technical, it was a really easy build and the worst thing after choosing the hull was finding reliable people to buy and rig the engine, make the upholstery and all the 101 other things that need fitment.

I found out the hard way that boat building in the UK is like house builders etc....You get good ones and bad.

I can assure you that Osprey were excellent as were Ocean that supplied the console. The engine supplier and fitter was a different story and I had all sorts for communication problems with them, I also had a technical problem with the engine that took a while to sort out, with BRP sending a man over to get it running right because the dealer didn't seem to have a clue. Just to point out it was a used engine.

What I'm saying is:

Osprey will build a complete RIB for you to your exact specs to include engine.

You can supply your own fibreglass consoles seats etc and Osprey will mould these in the deck for you.

A bare boat package is available for you to finish off.

I built my RIB for under 20k 2 years ago (even with a new outboard it would have been low 20's) and have got exactly the RIB I want. And gives me a buzz everytime I go out in her.

I would recommend a chat with Roy, he's a very friendly gent that I'm sure will help you in any way he can.

If I can be any further help please don't hesitate to PM me.
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One other thing.

Things I would have done slightly differently was to go for the 6.5 Vipermax with a 200 sitting on the back. But budget dictated my build and had to come in at a fixed price.

For something like an Osprey Vipermax with it's deep V hull, might I suggest you put the biggest HP outboard on that you can.
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Mine took a week to put together.

Liverpool Powerboats supplied and rigged the engine and steering, they are very professional and helpfull. I'd sourced or had made every other componant required prior to the build commencing. Having a 6.5 Vipermax sitting in a shed meant that I had patterns for upholstery bases, all stainless items and the Screen.
DHD kindly came down and wired it in about 3 days, a mate and I bolted the rest together in as many days.

Here's the result. http://rib.net/forum/attachment.php?...4&d=1211993391
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I will give Roy a ring sometime. From their website and your pictures Vipermaxs certainly loook very nice, I think that a 6.5 with a suzu, yam or etec (specialists round here) is becoming very tempting. What would you imagine the time from order to collection would be? 6 weeks conservativly? I would like to have it for beginning of easter holidays but would like to order it as late as possible - with regard to incentivising it for my son. As I mentioned earlier, I am not on the best terms with my suzu so is a twin engine set up or an aux possible/neccessary? Mollers yours viper looks very nice, however I think I would like a little more storage for kit, and preferably lockable. From the picture it doesnt look like you have much space for a couple of large dry bags of kit?! How much storage is there in your copnsole? And what sort of max hp can the 6.5 take? I think I would go etec route for lightness etc. you dont have to mix oil in the fuel or anything do you? a 225 6.5 would go like stink surely!!!!!
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I will give Roy a ring sometime. From their website and your pictures Vipermaxs certainly loook very nice, I think that a 6.5 with a suzu, yam or etec (specialists round here) is becoming very tempting. What would you imagine the time from order to collection would be? 6 weeks conservativly? I would like to have it for beginning of easter holidays but would like to order it as late as possible - with regard to incentivising it for my son. As I mentioned earlier, I am not on the best terms with my suzu so is a twin engine set up or an aux possible/neccessary? Mollers yours viper looks very nice, however I think I would like a little more storage for kit, and preferably lockable. From the picture it doesnt look like you have much space for a couple of large dry bags of kit?! How much storage is there in your copnsole? And what sort of max hp can the 6.5 take? I think I would go etec route for lightness etc. you dont have to mix oil in the fuel or anything do you? a 225 6.5 would go like stink surely!!!!!
If you want Roy can arrange everything for you, you just spec it and he will source it.

He is an Evinrude dealer so can probably provide a good deal on the E-tec. And I think he favours either Raymarine or Lowrance Electronics however I am sure he will be happy to fit anything you ask for.

If you want to see some other pics there are some on my build thread here

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ht=time+bandit
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Old 01 August 2009, 10:56   #38
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200hp is the max design hp for a 6.5. Mine is set up with 6 seats by design, the options re. seating, consoles etc are endless. I have Osprey's Discovery console, personally, I think it's the best looking console for the hull. The Discovery has loads of storage inside, great ergonomics, but limited protection and you can't walk around it.
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Thank you all very much! A most valuable insight into all your opinions, and alot of valuable lessons learnt. Judging by most peoples recommendation of Osprey I think I shall look most closely at a 6.5 vipermax! However I do have 2 final questions

What price did yours come out at in the end Chris? It looks awesome!

And what lenngth of time would you imagine it would take from order to delivery?

I cant wait to take to the water in a proper boat for a change!!
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Thank you all very much! A most valuable insight into all your opinions, and alot of valuable lessons learnt. Judging by most peoples recommendation of Osprey I think I shall look most closely at a 6.5 vipermax! However I do have 2 final questions

What price did yours come out at in the end Chris? It looks awesome!

And what lenngth of time would you imagine it would take from order to delivery?

I cant wait to take to the water in a proper boat for a change!!
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