After a 14-year relationship (with my boat), Aries II - my Falcon 23 SPC - has gone to a new owner, as of 10th July
In order to lessen the blow of losing what has become a part of the family, I already have detailed plans for my next boat, which should be on the water for the 2006 season.
I hope to buy a commercial RIB, probably a Ribcraft 7.8 mtr Offshore, with a large outboard. A monster actually!
I recently read a report of the new Yamaha 300 HPDI (not yet in the UK, I believe). This sounds excellent, especially since it has the same block as the 225 Vmax and the 250 Vmax, so should - I imagine - be just as "economical" as these, at low to cruising speeds, but with a meaningful top-end for this weight of boat - Perhaps 50 kts?
OK, so "economy" is relative; Aries II had a 5.7 litre V8.
My question is: does anyone know if there will be a Vmax version, as I can't find out anything about it from the Internet, presumably because the the 300 HPDI is almost certainly from the 2004 line up and such models are quite likely to be under wraps?
While I am "between boats", I shall become a SIB member. At 3.1 mtrs, I think that makes mine smaller than Keith's. Keith (I've nearly got the smallest one on RIBnet) Hart, that is!
Give us a wave, if you see T/T Aries II
"flying" in Southampton Water (or anywhere else, for that matter!).
Can't wait to become a "proper" RIBster!