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Old 05 December 2018, 11:33   #1
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Hi Guys,
I am selling my Terhi 385 with an 8hp Mariner 2 stroke outboard, and am looking to upgrade to a RIB. I have been tempted to buy a package deal with a Mercury 420 Ocean Runner with Sport Jockey Console married to a 40HP Evinrude ETEC.
Has anyone had experience with either of these and if so are you willing to pass on your thoughts?
Many thanks, Sam
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Old 10 December 2018, 17:01   #2
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We've got a 2012 Ocean Runner 420 with a 30HP Mercury EFI and we absolutely love it. Cost £6.5K private sale I think it was a good price as it is as new with low hours on the engine.

If I was buying new I'd definitely consider the etec 40 as first choice, although I'm not disappointed with the Merc 30, it does 27 knots 2 up with dogs and all our gear and it's very frugal. Never used more than 20 litres running all day on our longest trip. Probably a 40 would gain an extra 5 knots but with worse economy. I do appreciate having a pull start in case there was ever a problem with the electric start, this is not possible with a 40.

The centre jockey seat storage is massive, I think this is better than the bench seat option, it probably gives better weight distribution and better handling. Was comparing to our neighbour's brand new Brig 420 with Suzuki 40HP and it was sitting VERY low in the water at the back. The Mercury looks far more balanced.
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Old 12 December 2018, 15:57   #3
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Mercury Ocean Runner 420

Here's some pics of our Ocean Runner rib.

I plan to get some 5mm tinted perspex and a hot air gun to make a small windshield. Has anyone done this before and if so do you have any tips?

Also, if you have a close look you can see the needle on the rev counter is at 1000 rpm. Can this be recalibrated or does the needle need to be pulled off and repositioned to 0?
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As soon as you put ignition on the needle will probably goto zero.

Most gauges stick at idle speed when you turn off.
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I think the rig the OP suggests will be a great set up and also a very good upgrade for you current 385. I have a 4.5 m rib with a 60 hp on and I love it and have gone quite far in her on some 'interesting seas'
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