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Old 23 March 2010, 20:46   #11
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I've contacted Biffer and hope to get down to see him soon...

I'm currently with KB and would prefer to stay with them, a very nice bunch of people. I would assume they can lift a boat of this size and will check nearer the time.

I have a mate with a Shearwater, but don't get to see him often as he's a busy chap with his work, so I might take you up on your offer Peter.

Are inboards of this size more akin to car engines? I wonder if they're longer lived and less stressed than outboards?
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Old 24 March 2010, 04:35   #12
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We have a R9 (inboard version of Tony's R8) and although we havent had it long, we are pretty impressed so far.
What motor have you got in that?
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Old 24 March 2010, 05:15   #13
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Neil to summarise massively: outboard = performance, inboard: economy.
or outboard = lugging jerry cans unless you only go boating in a very limited area, inboard (diesel) = easy availbility of fuel on the quayside just about anywhere
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Old 24 March 2010, 05:25   #14
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or outboard = lugging jerry cans unless you only go boating in a very limited area, inboard (diesel) = easy availability of fuel on the quayside just about anywhere
That's a good point.

I've yet to have a fuel problem - but only because I stick around the Solent.
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Old 24 March 2010, 05:42   #15
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or outboard = lugging jerry cans unless you only go boating in a very limited area, inboard (diesel) = easy availbility of fuel on the quayside just about anywhere
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Old 24 March 2010, 05:44   #16
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Subject to a successful 2010 season on the Solent (i.e. no more dislocated limbs due to pratting about), I may upgrade my current RIB to something a bit more serious. I'll add the caveat that my wife could put me off the idea by simply being an unwilling participent this year!!

So I'm doing a lot of looking around - but one of the first considerations is inboard or outboard? I'm really unsure of the pros and cons. I really like the outboard design in that you can literally step into the water or sit with your legs dangling out (whilst stationary of course).

And then I need to consider a cabin RIB... I quite like the idea but am unsure we'd ever use the cabin.

Current tempts include:

Cougar R9 Sport
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Biffer's design
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Thoughts on the pros and cons of outboard/inboard would be welcome.
Spoke to Cougar, They have a development slot coming up soon and can build you anything..inboard or outboard..and it will be quick.

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As a totally non biased opinion, if I was in the market for a cabin RIB and money wasn't an issue, I would go for the Scorpion. That's based on the looks (would be red and white I think) and performance.
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Old 24 March 2010, 06:21   #18
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As a totally non biased opinion, if I was in the market for a cabin RIB and money wasn't an issue, I would go for the Scorpion. That's based on the looks (would be red and white I think) and performance.
The Scorpion is excellent..but is a hell of a handful mooring up single handed or with a non-helpful wife...
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Old 24 March 2010, 08:27   #19
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Spoke to Cougar, They have a development slot coming up soon and can build you anything..inboard or outboard..and it will be quick.

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i would think every boat builder in the country has a "development slot" at the moment
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That's a good point.

I've yet to have a fuel problem - but only because I stick around the Solent.
when you've got an inboard and fuel economy doesn't matter quite so much you'll be off further afield, not a problem jumping in the boat and going fifty / sixty miles away and if you've got the time you can sleep over, nothing like waking up somewhere with no one else about, really quite
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