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Old 29 July 2013, 05:09   #11
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Originally Posted by GJ0KYZ View Post
Most people on this forum don't like jet drives because they hate jet skis. And they hate jet skis because secretly they know they're the future of ribbing. Oh yes.
Not when the water is 4 degrees and there's kelp

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Old 29 July 2013, 06:17   #12
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As much as I love jet ribs for a fun tender, they are a massive pain to look after, jetski dealers hate them because they are so difficult to work on and take up so much space (relative to a jet ski). the 2 strokes were seriously unreliable and getting one fixed round Windermere will be tough (despite Shepherds being the original dealer !)

TBH, I couldnt think of a worse boat for the lake, they are horrible at slow speeds and wont be happy unless you open them up regularly.

If you like that style of boat, look for a Zodiac Yachtline DL, similar layout and are available in 340, 380, 420 and 500 sizes with 25hp and up.

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Old 29 July 2013, 07:54   #13
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Thanks for the replies, from both sides!

I was looking at the Zodiac YL 380 and 420's, but unsure either way on the jet or outboard. The jet's seemed to be quite a bit cheaper 2nd hand, which made me think why - I guess difficult maintenance is the main issue.

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Old 29 July 2013, 14:07   #14
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I hope I am pleased with my Jet Rib when it is finished Alan P
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Old 29 July 2013, 15:28   #15
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You'll probably find a jet rib if that size has a lot less internal space for bags and passengers etc than one with an outboard. If you want more space you could even go for tiller outboard on that size boat.

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Old 30 July 2013, 01:43   #16
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Ours has loads of space for a 5.5m and is huge fun 0-46knts is awesome and manoeuvrability is superb. And operates in 12 inces of water.

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