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Old 16 October 2002, 14:30   #1
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Arctic 22

Any body out there know where I can get tubes for an arctic 22 without having to sell the boat to finance them.

Also need advice on engine for above boat. Have found Mercury115 with extra long shaft but it is quite old(1986) which makes me a little nervous.

All advice will be much appreciated.

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Old 16 October 2002, 17:50   #2
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Have you spoken to Henshaws about new tubes? You might find the price is less than you thought Also try Nic Gilbertson who posts here from time to time.

I would be very wary of an outboard that old though, unless you are very sure that it has been well looked after.

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Old 16 October 2002, 19:59   #3
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Pete 7 is selling his Mercury 150 quite cheeply
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Another point about your possible Mercury outboard is that it probably won't really be powerful enough. The RIB is a heavily built 6.7m boat, and although a 115hp motor would certainly move push it along it isn't going to be a sparkling performer!

I would suggest a 150hp motor at least.

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More power

Yes 115hp is going to struggle to get on the plane as they are solid. With a moderate load in the boat, and in weather you may need to push hard downwind to get going.

The normal fit out in twin 70's I think, but I would think you need to be at 150hp +

Dont forget the amount of fuel it will use is pushing a heavy boat around and running the 115hp at 90 / 100% will drink more than a 150hp backed down to 60 / 80%.

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Thanks very much for the help on the engine guys, but still need help with the tubes.
John how do I get hold of Nic Gilbertson

Thanks Phil
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Phil, you should also consider Eurocraft in Leyland, the make the big white water rafts for going down the Amazon.

They also used to make the tubes for all the Ospreys ribs until the firm sold up to a dutch company. They might still do the tubes, not sure. Think they will be cheaper than Henshaws. Just sent you an e mail, give me a ring,

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Here you are Fill Smiff - do I have a speech impediment?

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I've been offshore for most of the day just messing about off the needles, on the returm trip to Southampton I was just passing Calshot at around 45 knots when I was wasted by an Artic, he seemed to be going about 5 knot s faster and judging by his engine noise had loads of power left.

He had apair of Opti 225's stucjk on the back....Lucky bugger
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He had apair of Opti 225's stucjk on the back....Lucky bugger
And our taxes were probably paying for his petrol!

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