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Old 28 May 2009, 07:16   #1
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Delta 6.5m

Hi there,

I have got my eye on a cheap Delta 6.5m, it was made in 1991 and has been re-tubed and had the hull reconditioned about 3 years ago comes with a console and 2 seats, pretty well fendered aswell. Apart from that the boat is bare no helm, engines nothing. Price is 1200(ish), good price?? Needs a bit of work on the transom, slight water ingress under the tubes into the boat.

It is designed to have twin 60hp, but i am just wondering what single engine would be able to shift it, i was thinking about a 90+hp. Not looking for crazy speeds just enough to get it planing.

Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.

Andy
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Old 28 May 2009, 08:22   #2
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Andy, that is quite a big boat with a constant deep V hull, but given your location probably very suitable. You might want more gee gees though, 150 hp wouldn't be out of place and something like an Optimax would give excellent fuel figures.

A 1991 big Delta , wasn't the one that the Royal Marines used to go round UK in by chance?

Don't foget that if it has been rigged for twins then the elephants trunk will be in the middle requiring some modification before a single will work. You might also need an extra long shaft single, rather than cut the transom down.

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Old 28 May 2009, 12:27   #3
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Hi there, thanks for the info. I don't believe it was used for anything like that. I came across it by chance when i was on a course, it was just sitting in the yard and asked the guy if it was for sale and it turned out it was but hadn't been advertised, haven't bought it yet just putting out a feeler to see the cost of getting it back in the sea and what may be required.

Looking for a cheapish engine, enough to make it plane not looking for major speed, will be used for diving and small trips around the Island so i thought a 90hp might be enough?

What do you mean when you say "elephants trunk", not heard of this before?

Also how do the tubes attach to the gunwale as i will need to lift up the aft end to build up the transom to sort out the leaking stern?

Again many thanks

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Andy, elephants trunk is used to drain the water from the deck, have a look at this:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...lephants+trunk

If your carrying diving kit you will need a decent sized engine or you will be running flat out which will use the fuel.

Have a look at what other users are using:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...el+consumption

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Great boat and a good price too!

Very jealous


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