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Old 12 January 2005, 11:22   #1
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Spent an enjoyable day at the show yesterday, hadnít been for a couple of years so there was plenty to see.

Had a hilarious 10 minutes winding one of the Garmin reps up about non availability of blanking plugs for their cables when disconnected from the units. He really didnít know what to say to me, or even appreciate the environment in which many of their units are used.

I was surprised that most of the RIB manufacturers only had what I would call Blue water cruisers at the show. White Hulls and Tubes, Blue and white stripped bench seats, fake teak decks, drinks coolers, you know what I mean. Now donít get me wrong, each to their own taste, but the more rugged RIBS really were in a minority.
Donít want to offend anyone with a more luxurious RIB, was just surprised.

Also spent some time talking to each of the major engine manufacturers, and came away very frustrated that I donít yet have the funds in place to replace my engine and so take advantage of the show offers.
I was offered very good deals on Johnson 200/225HP E-TEC, Suzuki DF200/225, Optimax 175/200, and Yamaha 200HPDI. Had the money been in place Iíd have probably gone in favour of the 200HP E-TEC.

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Old 12 January 2005, 13:26   #2
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Had a hilarious 10 minutes winding one of the Garmin reps up about non availability of blanking plugs for their cables when disconnected from the units. He really didnít know what to say to me, or even appreciate the environment in which many of their units are used.
Mine arenít the only ones that corrode then; I've just had to order a new cable for my fish finder. All they need is a little plastic cap to keep them dry.
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Old 12 January 2005, 13:47   #3
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when I ran gArfmins I made some caps up with a squirt of silicon
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Iíd have probably gone in favour of the 200HP E-TEC.

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i have to say i thought the show was excellent
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Nasher, Your profile makes me laugh. I know where you are coming from with the Johnson 150 - ran one myself on a BWM21. Thirsty isn't it! Pray for the day when it breaks down beyond economical repair 'cos then you have to go out and buy and etec, opti etc. Thats what happened to us.
In the meantime just take lots of friends with you when you go ribbing - more to share to fuel cost with!!
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I jest about it a lot, but I do love it. It makes a wonderful noise on full chat that the newer engines just can't match. And I can usually fix it without the use of a laptop.

We've debated on here before how much petrol I'd need to use in order to come up with the price of a new E-TEC etc, but my real reason for the change will be to dramaticaly increase my range.

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The general consensus of opinion from what i've seen is that the new e-tec seems to be the favourite with most people..... and not the Verado.
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Just out of curiosity...

Quote: I was offered very good deals on Johnson 200/225HP E-TEC, Suzuki DF200/225, Optimax 175/200, and Yamaha 200HPDI. Had the money been in place Iíd have probably gone in favour of the 200HP E-TEC.

Nasher,

In your opinion, what constitutes "a good offer" (in terms of £) today for each of the models you mention above, and what was included in those quotations?

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Having a big Johnson would make a blue water cruiser redundant.
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