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Old 09 August 2007, 08:03   #71
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And another - vipermax 7 on order.

Drove the 900+ mile round trip down to Wales the weekend before last to test drive Roy's Osprey Vipermax 7. Roy gave up a long arranged mountain biking trip at the last minute to better accommodate our visit, give us a proper test and let us back up across the border that night. He could not have done more for us or made us more welcome. Conditions were nice and rough and really showed off the capabilities of the boat. Must have been on the water two to three hours blattering up and down the 6 to 8 ft waves off of Barmouth. Saw how Roy handled a nasty 10ft breaking wave in the mouth of the river by throttling up and punching the boat right through and letting the wave roll over the top. Superb.

The boat is bigger than I had imagined from tghe pics and probably a bit bigger than I had originally intended to get but after seeing it handle those conditions I really could not go smaller. I always knew a bigger boat would be better but I did not expect the difference would be so great. Even my father (a confirmed yachtie who turns his nose up at a trip in my current RIB) could not believe how well the boat handled the sea and had the time of his life. Could go on but its probably enough to say that the deposit has been placed and we are now discussing layout and options.

Probably going to power it with a 250 HP Yamaha 4 stroke ultra long shaft plus a decent aux (12 to 15 HP perhaps).
210 litre internal tank. 2 by 2 jockey seats. Osprey's discovery console is quite wide and does not leave much room either side but you really notice the shelter it gives especially when a wave rolls over the boat. Probably going with that.

Be grateful for any advice from those of you who have recently had one built - any mods or good ideas I should ask to be incorporated, options that I don't know about etc. The distance will make it difficult to visit the factory during the build.

Richard
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Old 09 August 2007, 14:40   #72
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I LOVE your boats - get your website sorted and I am sure you would sell even more of them!!! Don't under estimate the power of Youtube either - loads of Ribcrafts on there.......
I agree both the .co.uk and .com websites are awful and do nothing to promote the boats.

I love the boats too and hope that one day I can afford to buy a newer one than I own now.

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Old 10 August 2007, 05:36   #73
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Point taken regarding website - we'll try and do better and any (sensible!)suggestions regarding content would be appreciated!
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Old 10 August 2007, 07:37   #74
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Point taken regarding website - we'll try and do better and any (sensible!)suggestions regarding content would be appreciated!
I agree on the website it isn't good when compared to others.

I would say Ribcraft's site is pretty good (or it was last time I looked), in my opinion you want to show detailed boat specs, lots of photos of different spec, layout and colour combinations both in and out of the water, photos of all the different types of console and seating that are available with captions that tell you what each one is, as well as photos of other things like different A-frames that can be offered. Perhaps some PDFs of the hard copy brochures (if there are brochures?) or if not then do something as a PDF that people can print out on an A4 printer and leave lying around to assist the "thought process" - and the downloadable video clips on the Ribcraft site (one for each model) are a really good idea too.
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Old 10 August 2007, 07:45   #75
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Point taken regarding website - we'll try and do better and any (sensible!)suggestions regarding content would be appreciated!
Some nice photos of the gorgeous boats you build along with some links to videos on Youtube would be a good start!!!
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Old 10 August 2007, 07:54   #76
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Point taken regarding website - we'll try and do better and any (sensible!)suggestions regarding content would be appreciated!
Get the spec right: the 5.5, 5.8 & 6.2 Vipermax are all stated as having a beam of 2.36m. This is wrong. My 5.8 has a beam of 2.48m
Also include prices and details of all the options available. The Humber and Ribcraft websites should give some food for thought.
Finally, don't overlook the leisure user - while Osprey RIBs may be considered 'hardcore', there is a lot of interest from people, on this forum, for example, who admire the brand and would only want it for leisure purposes.
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Old 10 August 2007, 08:29   #77
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Don't suppose that this current wave of interest and 'Mikey One Barn's' limited out-put is going to do the residuals any harm.
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Old 10 August 2007, 09:20   #78
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Noooooo please don't make them too popular, I want to get mine ordered first.
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Old 10 August 2007, 09:29   #79
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Agreed ospreys website is a let down when you see the stunning boats that they make, with a much better website osprey could possibly be the leader in the market? What you need to do is put some videos together for the range of boats that you make in action, with some cool music in the background, also more and better detailed pictures of the range of craft on offer, some used craft on offer would be nice too

when i have the readies a nice 5.85 vipermax with a yam or rude e-tec on the back is very much on top of my shopping list.
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Old 10 August 2007, 09:36   #80
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Yes Tim, I agree but it could be worse - we could have a fantastic website and rubbish boats! We will improve the site!

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