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Old 28 March 2004, 13:42   #1
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Finally taken the plunge.

Took the plunge yesterday and bought a new Humber!
Its an Ocean Pro 6.3.

It has an extreme centre console fitted and a triple slimline jockey.
The 3 man jockey is coming out and I'm having two doubles side by side.

Ordered the engine from a local engineers at the same time.

I plumped - in a moment of madness - for a new Mariner 200 Optimax! (A substantial saving off the RRP 'cos its last years model)

The plan is to collect the boat from Humber next Saturday then drop it at the engineers so they can fit it out.

I am hopefully going to have an extra strong A-frame built and fitted with the ability to tow a wakeboarder from a higher point than the usual transom cleats.

Will fit lights, bilge pump and electronics myself.

I will be photographing the fitout as it progresses and will post some pics / words as things develop.

Any comments, hints or tips welcome.

In the mean time I look forward to meeting up with some of you over the summer - the boat will be based in Poole.

Best Regards
Nick
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Old 28 March 2004, 13:56   #2
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Hi Nick

Sounds like a great little project and a very quick one too! I'm fitting out my little toy for the summer with an A frame especially for wakeboarding, i was thinking of having it built from 2" stainless with it angled forward instead of the traditional angled backwards. I'm also having a shroud that will be connected between the top of the A frame and the bow eye which can be removed for added strength and inch plates glassed in under the deck which can be tapped in to for the footings.
I have seen a few A frames break because of insufficient mountings when used for this purpose, i'd hate to see you suffer the same.
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Old 28 March 2004, 14:15   #3
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Thats really intersesting Ribraff - and a good idea to rake it forward as well. (Not sure whether it would look right though)

The guy fitting the engine knows someone who has made several for Ribs that were designed to provide a tow point.

I'll keep you posted on any info I get.

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Old 28 March 2004, 14:18   #4
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Waayyy Haaayyy,

Nice one congrats .....


200 on a 6.3 zzzooooooooommmmmmmmmm.

is that the max it can take

update- yep 200 ya posted on the other thread - whatt a divvy I am !!!
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Old 28 March 2004, 15:33   #5
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200 on a 6.3 zzzooooooooommmmmmmmmm.
Bit mad, its gonna scare me stupid I suspect!

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Old 28 March 2004, 19:08   #6
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There are two types of Optimax owners

Those that have been thrown out of their ribs and those that will be thrown out of their ribs.

That's gonna go like stink, take me with you when you are trying it out please
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Old 28 March 2004, 19:17   #7
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There are two types of Optimax owners

Those that have been thrown out of their ribs and those that will be thrown out of their ribs.

That's gonna go like stink, take me with you when you are trying it out please
He's gonna need you! Who's going to pick him up when he goes for a dunking
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Old 28 March 2004, 19:42   #8
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Who's going to pick him up when he goes for a dunking
That's usually us
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Old 29 March 2004, 10:05   #9
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Thanks for your... ahem ... comments!

Richard, I seem to remember you as one of the peole encouraging me to go for the 200 Opti (all be it on another boat)

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My choice would be the 200 Opti.
....were your exact words i believe !

Rogue, I would love it if you came with me when I try it out, I looks like it'll take about 3 weeks before getting it on the water - i'll keep you posted.

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Old 29 March 2004, 11:15   #10
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all be it on another boat
I'm going to guess that the Humber will be smaller and lighter than the Ribtec you were looking at???

Anyway - I reckon you'll sort of go through a "pain barrier" with this combo... at first it'll seem that you'll never need all that power, until you get to the point where you can't do without it!

- you won't ever need to look at engine upgrade on this rig

The "usually us" comment was a reflection on our 2003 season which involved a number of activities (including MOB) usually reserved for training courses.


Enjoy!
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