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Old 25 January 2017, 15:49   #11
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I agree with that to a large extent. Inboard diesel engines are heavy so you need a hull with a fair amount of buoyancy in the stern to carry the weight of the engine and drive. Shallow or narrow hulls will lie very deep in the water. Such hulls may not perform the way you might expect, they may not be unsatisfactory but they will be different. Also, a hull which is low in the water means the engine is further below the water line and this leads to more engine vulnerability so it needs to be considered carefully.
well said and fully agree

look here Parker 650 | Parker Ribs and you will see a short film showing the Parker 650 with the Mercury Diesel QSD 2.0 170 HP with Bravo One drive. The film was taken on a lake so not much wave jumping but nevertheless gives a good idea of the handling. Further down you will also see a photo of the engine installation and photos of other Parker 650 diesel ribs.
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I'd try and find a reputable boat/rib builder and try and work with them for a number of reasons.

In theory, the builder can buy a motor package for less money than a dealer, if it's an engine brand that they normally use. A lot tend to sell the package on to the customer for cost, or a small mark up, as the bulk of the profit should come from the build. They'll also have a set routine for installing it, as in.. battery location, fuel lines, vents etc.

A decent marine engineer or dealer should be more than capable of doing a similar job, but will almost certainly charge more. £50 an hour or so soon mounts up, and they'll want to charge for every little thing, and take a lot longer to do each one. You'll be paying for "thinking time" whilst they try to work out where to fit each bit.

You shouldn't have a problem with CE, as anyone who undertakes work on new or s/h boats has to work to CE ruling.

If you go the engineer route, I would at least get the boat builder to install engine beds, and cut the transom hole for you, which would eliminate the set up problems you might encounter if the engineer did it.
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Old 26 January 2017, 13:50   #13
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All our engineers are Mercury certified and they have installed loads of diesel stern drive engines. I am repeating myself but we are the distributor for Mercury so how better placed can one be. The only rib manufacturer who is also an engine distributor

We would not sell a bare hull with engine beds ready . From us only turn key stern drive or ready for outboard.

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Old 27 January 2017, 16:43   #14
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The only rib manufacturer who is also an engine distributor
Really?

So the last sentence on Redbay's page here is factually inaccuarte?

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