Originally Posted by Phil Gendron
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.
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.