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Old 23 January 2002, 12:05   #1
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7.8 MAKO / Ballistic

I am about to purchase new, a 7.8 Mako / Ballistic RIB and would welcome commentary from anyone whom has experience and / or knowledge pertaining to this model's construction and / or performance traits. A pair of 150 HP two stroke Mercs. will power her.

I live on the New England coast of the USA where I have been running Sutphen performance boats for several years. I have owned inflatables in the past; however, this will be my first experience in owning a RIB.

Negative as well as positive feedback would be usefull.

Thank you.
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Old 23 January 2002, 13:18   #2
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Ballistics...............

are very fast but are alledged to have a fairly hard ride in rough water. A function of the scalloped chines I'd guess.

There is a review of the model on the www.ribmagazine.com website.

There is also a gentleman by the name of John-Pierre Waroux in Belgium who has been running a 7.8m ballistic with twin OMC Ficht 150's. That boat is actually now up for sale (on the boats for sale page on this site). John-Pierre is a good chap so I'm sure that if you were to contact him he'd be pleased to share his experiences with you.

HTH Alan
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I will not comment - im just jealous' sorry (twin 150's ow)
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Old 23 January 2002, 17:48   #4
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Thanks Alan. This will be my first experience with a RIB. We don't see very many RIBs here in the US other than a few Hurricanes used by the Coast Guard and the Secret Service, a few HBIs and an occasional Nautica; hence, my knowledge of them is limited to what I've been able to learn on-line and from reading Dag Pike's excellent book ' Inflatables '. I guess that we've been a bit slow to catch on! - Phil
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Old 23 January 2002, 18:43   #5
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Phil, mail me you home address and I will send you a REAL book about RIB's.
Have a look at www.offshore-expeditions.com & www.spirit-of-cardiff.com

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you mean ribs like this ?
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I am about to purchase new, a 7.8 Mako / Ballistic RIB and would welcome commentary from anyone whom has experience and / or knowledge pertaining to this model's construction and / or performance traits. A pair of 150 HP two stroke Mercs. will power her.

I live on the New England coast of the USA where I have been running Sutphen performance boats for several years. I have owned inflatables in the past; however, this will be my first experience in owning a RIB.

Negative as well as positive feedback would be usefull.

Thank you.
May I ask why you want 2x 150s? Most 150 hp engines share the same block as the 200s so you get more power for the same weight.

Twins are also a lot heavier - you would get more pefromance with an Etec 250 and the weight saving would be quite a lot.

Yes twins offer more reliability but modern engines have improved a lot and you can fit a smaller aux to get you home.

My 8.5m RIB is faster with a single 225 than an identical boat with 2x 150hps.

The Ballistic is well named - it is a very fast hull and corners like it's on rails but it is a hard ride in a short sharp chop.

whatever setup you go for I am sure you will have great fun - just remember RIBs are at their best in the rough - flat calm days soon get boring.
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