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Old 22 September 2005, 18:31   #11
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Sounds good. A day out shooting Jetski Can you eat 'em?
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Sorry 4k = 4,000 rpm. As you said, the 8.5 is a big boat and to be honest, 225 is just about the smallest you'd want to put on it. A 7.5 metre with a 200 is probably better pro rata. Any new 8.5 worth it's salt would have a 250, 275 or even 300 on it, but that's because they're 4 strokes. 42 knots slow? This is a 2 ton leisure RIB not a race boat. Believe me, in the average Solent chop, it's mostly quite enough.

As for "feckin' thirsty" my last 2 stroke was a 200 Suzuki that showed 120 litres per hour consumption at 5K rpm, 45 mph.

Any 2 stroke which produces 1.5 ish litres per mile is in some 4 stroke territory. If you want much better from a high horsepower combo, then consider a diesel inboard. Even if the Govt slash the concession on red diesel, they are generally more economical on fuel. But they come at a premium, say 5-8K on the average equivalent length boat? Let me see, even at 1 per litre for gas that's up to 8,000 litres of gas which equates (even at 2 litres per mile) 4,000 miles of RIBing before a diesel makes more economic sense although the resale will always be better. You could even buy a new 250 Opti for around 8k with a couple of years warranty on it, as against 14K for the average 4 stroke and 18k for a decent diesel. You pays yer money and takes yer choice!
cheers for this and i agree with all your points. i am a bit of a pain in the arse i know, i want comfort, quietness, speed, acceleration, economy, ride, smoothness, top end speed. I even went to the boat show looking for inspiration, looked at the various boats there and non caught my eye really compared to the cobra. well some sunseekers did but i could not even afford the mooring fees i suspect.

we went out today in the cobra 8.5 and my 2.5 yr old daughter was saying faster daddy faster and we were flat out!, mind you it was lovely and calm, might have been different if it was a bit choppy!!
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Old 22 September 2005, 18:40   #13
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Sounds good. A day out shooting Jetski Can you eat 'em?
marinade in diesel,and boil slowly for 20 hrs... garnish with scottys splattered seagulls!!
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Old 22 September 2005, 18:44   #14
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The only thing that I can see against a Cobra is that most appear to have big soft bench seats which, when the going gets choppy are bloody hard to stay in. I prefer my Ribs a little more "Hard core" and would go for jockies every time. Especially at the helm.
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mind you it was lovely and calm, might have been different if it was a bit choppy!!
Oh yes

But, the Cobra is one of the most stable and driest RIBS there is. It won't break speed records, but it will be there at the end.
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.....all served up in Noddy's helmet! Sounds good.
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The only thing that I can see against a Cobra is that most appear to have big soft bench seats which, when the going gets choppy are bloody hard to stay in. I prefer my Ribs a little more "Hard core" and would go for jockies every time. Especially at the helm.
i looked at a few ribs that are probably a bit more hardcore at the boat show, not ready for one of those yet as we seem to like our comfort and seating area and dance area and sunbathing area. you did see my other post with the mrs idea of a rib and what she expects?


leaves me with little choice really! ;-)
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Oh yes

But, the Cobra is one of the most stable and driest RIBS there is. It won't break speed records, but it will be there at the end.
50knts isn't too slow. There's not too many on this site that'll do much more than that. Mine wont
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...prefer my Ribs a little more "Hard core"...
Yep. Might as well get a dory otherwise
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i looked at a few ribs that are probably a bit more hardcore at the boat show, not ready for one of those yet as we seem to like our comfort and seating area and dance area and sunbathing area. you did see my other post with the mrs idea of a rib and what she expects?


leaves me with little choice really! ;-)
Yeah, I've had yank hardboats pre the Rib. I do think that a nice Searay 21ft sports cuddy would suit her perhaps more than a Rib! Warmer, more comfortable and with creature comforts. Fast too. Just a thought. I had one for nine years and had the best times with it. The kids grew up with it.
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