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Old 06 April 2009, 18:04   #21
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Here we are, at home in the Bilges.
you're not in the Bilges yet, its still vaguely boat related.
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Old 06 April 2009, 18:10   #22
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you're not in the Bilges yet, its still vaguely boat related.
'Vaguely'? How called it be more RIB related? This boat is part of Osprey history.
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Old 06 April 2009, 18:11   #23
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Around the 50knt mark, have a run in it sometime and see what you think. The Etec is an awesome engine.
well have to meet up
cant wait test test the the new drive on mine
after blowing the first volvo drive
i fitted a stronger drive and lost 10 knots
i added more and more power to get it back then blow that to pieces
engines been really good for a long time now and ive done some more work to help the charge temperature whitch will allow me to run bit more boost if neccesary.
hopfully the shorter and thinner drive with the hoff type prop will reduce the drag
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Old 06 April 2009, 18:18   #24
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Here ya go, have a read of this. http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...=VECTOR&page=2 Some bird called 'Alice' spoke of your boat on this site previously.
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Here ya go, have a read of this. http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...=VECTOR&page=2 Some bird called 'Alice' spoke of your boat on this site previously.
funny seeing people writing about it .for me its a enginnering project i love tuning stuff but got board with cars and bikes a long time so its just along term project.
but its awsome offshore in heavy swell i had vecter speedboat looked a bit like a phantom 21 foot with a evinrude 225 it was really quick but just didnt handle any swell and was a real ball breaker on heavy landing
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funny seeing people writing about it .for me its a enginnering project i love tuning stuff but got board with cars and bikes a long time so its just along term project.
but its awsome offshore in heavy swell i had vecter speedboat looked a bit like a phantom 21 foot with a evinrude 225 it was really quick but just didnt handle any swell and was a real ball breaker on heavy landing
who makes the e tec engine
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who makes the e tec engine
Evinrude, who are now a BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) company. In your day they were OMC.
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Evinrude, who are now a BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) company. In your day they were OMC.
your tennent james has been on my rib he's used to quick cars but i'dont think he injoyed the rib ride much.
we got a lot of air and he landed with a thud i had to take him back after 5 mins he was mutering something about never going on a boat again.......
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Ah, I didn't remember it being a hardnose. If it's an xr24 it is essentially what became the Osprey Viper hull. Were you involved with it when it came out of Vector Marine?
Offshore Components (Osprey) paid a naval designer to come up with the XR design and I think Vector built the mould tools. 18 and 20 made in Standish, 24s made by Vector. XR18 and 20 were first shown and the Scottish Boat show in Feb 92. 96 saw a change of design to the Lynx.

The Vipers, well they have an interesting history. In 1986 Fletcher made 3 ribs before deciding there was no future or money to be made building ribs, So sold the design. Mike and Ralph used the moulds to produce the commerical ribs for (Osprey) 5.4m, 6.5m and 8m Falcons. In 1992 Offshore Components asked Mike and Ralph to come up we a new design as divers wanted more space and soft nose ribs rather than the Sparrowhawk and Eagle. The First Viper a 5.25m was built in Sept 92 and the rest of the range followed that winter. If you look closely at the early Vipers you can see the change in angle were Mike raised the bow section from the Fletcher lines.

XR 24 mould now in Stanley, North Yorkshire with Reiver Boats.

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Offshore Components (Osprey) paid a naval designer to come up with the XR design and I think Vector built the mould tools. 18 and 20 made in Standish, 24s made by Vector. XR18 and 20 were first shown and the Scottish Boat show in Feb 92. 96 saw a change of design to the Lynx.

The Vipers, well they have an interesting history. In 1986 Fletcher made 3 ribs before deciding there was no future or money to be made building ribs, So sold the design. Mike and Ralph used the moulds to produce the commerical ribs for (Osprey) 5.4m, 6.5m and 8m Falcons. In 1992 Offshore Components asked Mike and Ralph to come up we a new design as divers wanted more space and soft nose ribs rather than the Sparrowhawk and Eagle. The First Viper a 5.25m was built in Sept 92 and the rest of the range followed that winter. If you look closely at the early Vipers you can see the change in angle were Mike raised the bow section from the Fletcher lines.

XR 24 mould now in Stanley, North Yorkshire with Reiver Boats.

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Interesting, so how 'designed' was the original Viper hull? Was it quite simiular to the Fletcher speedboat hulls at the time?
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