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Old 29 March 2010, 17:00   #1
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Hard Boat question

Despite my advice my little sister has just purchased a boat. And a hard boat at that. All looks good on the surface BUT she's not exactly the most mechanically minded and seems to have purchased off E-Bay without even seeing the boat.
So I could do with a little help.
Firstly the motor - it's a Force 75. Can anyone tell me anything about these? From memory they were made by Mercury but is there any obvious stuff I should get her to look for?
As for the Hull - it's a ring 16ft. I'll get her to do the usual hull checks but anything unique to Ring's?

Lastly - anyone got any experience of these - top speed? Fuel at full throttle.
Any ideas very gratefully received.

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Old 29 March 2010, 17:08   #2
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I'm sure it will turn out OK, but if honest, it is the sort of boat which when we see them go out the harbour, think to ourselves will be towed back in later in the day.
They seem to be driven by those with very little experience or equipment.

I cant answer any of your questions, but would strongly recommend she spends some money on good training, plenty about in Poole.

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Old 29 March 2010, 17:24   #3
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Thanks
I've already got her to agree to an RYA I and II with an RNLI Sea Check.

Gonna cost her some money but it's either that or I take the spark plugs out
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Firstly the motor - it's a Force 75.
Christ.

Tell her not to turn up to collect it. A Force and being non mechanically minded is a very bad combination. As far as I'm aware the only place in the UK for parts now is Bill Higham.

Sorry to sound negative, but I'd repower that boat immediately.
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it is the sort of boat which when we see them go out the harbour, think to ourselves will be towed back in later in the day
We have one of them here

The bugger still owes me a case of beer from the last time too....
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A Ring 16 certainly isn't a "soft" ride either!
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A Ring 16 certainly isn't a "soft" ride either!
Unlike the "armchair" ride of a Bananashark rib!
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Unlike the "armchair" ride of a Bananashark rib!
You haven't been in the leisure version have you? Still slightly firm, but a lot better ride than the race version at 90mph!
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The Ring 16 is actually an ok little boat, sell the force and buy a yam 90 and you'll get years of cheap boating.

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Old 30 March 2010, 15:54   #10
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Thanks for all the comments - I'll edit them in to something palatable and pass them on. I think it's too late to stop her buying it but a new engine with more power, now that's a message I can get behind

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