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Old 26 September 2010, 06:37   #21
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Interesting thread..
I have an 8.4m with the Verado 350 Sci.
It a fantastic combo, and you only really need the one engine.
The 300 Verado was excellent to but not quite as punchy.
As for running costs..40 knots/4000 revs/60-80ltr per hour, not to bad really.
Lovely engine very quiet at low revs with a nice roar at top end..
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Old 26 September 2010, 06:57   #22
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So unless you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, a desire to pay more for fuel, pay more to store it, a bigger status symbol, etc... then I'd suggest you try some of the shorter boats - you might be pleasantly surprised.

EDIT: Oh, and I'm not sure I'd be wanting to beach an 8.5m, 60000+ rib regularly either
Thanks Polwart, nothing that sinister with my choice (not set in stone). This 8.5m has the advantage of a small cabin in the console. I was not able to find anything smaller with a similar console.

Regarding beaching, are you saying that larger ribs cannot be beached safely?
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Old 26 September 2010, 07:14   #23
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I'd agree, if its 50hrs use a year, (unless money really isnt a problem) paying that much more for both the boat, engine and then the running costs just for a little loo or miniscule cuddy, seems a massive expense. A bit of planning and pitstops in pubs etc in the area can negate it easily.

Having had our 6.5m, with a deep v, after having a 5.4m, it really can handle more than i'd imagine most average skippers would dare to handle in anyway. I wanted to go out in seas that the 5.4 struggled in, but the seas that the 6.5 won't handle, I don't fancy going out, and that's suited and booted with goggles etc. Plus your pushing what's safe unless you are pretty skilled. Those that do have the experience to skip in those conditions probably wouldn't want to travel far in it anyway and it would be time to head home.

As a few have said, over 6.5, unless you a) have need to travel, living on islands in jersey/geurnsey, scotland isles etc or b) use a boat for work, or c)carry over 6 people every time you go out it seems a large expense for what gain?

A fully kitted out 6.5 of a high quality brand with a maximum hp, will probably do 55knots plus. Unless racing, the extra is for what? Posing?
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Old 26 September 2010, 07:22   #24
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Thanks Polwart, nothing that sinister with my choice (not set in stone). This 8.5m has the advantage of a small cabin in the console. I was not able to find anything smaller with a similar console.
Ah OK I hadn't realised RC offered a cabin version - that makes sense. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for with a cabin but Shearwater do a very "discrete" cabin console that still looks like a traditional rib. I think Parker (Andre on here) do something similar. And then a few people, e.g. Scorpion, Excalibur, Redbay will do you a cabin that occupies everything forward of the console. Zar might be another option, but the aesthetics are bit different from a traditional rib. I've probably missed a few, and some of the more niche manufacturers could easily create something for you - e.g. I think someone one here has an Ocean(?) console which is big enough to fit inside, and could be part of a cabin.

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Regarding beaching, are you saying that larger ribs cannot be beached safely?
I don't think it is "unsafe" but I think it could become expensive quite easily. Its one thing running a two grand searider up a beach which you can probably drag back to the water if you need to leave before the tide is back in, and a few scratches add to the "authenticity" of the rugged boat. I don't know your local area so maybe there are perfect beaches for doing this? But I think Mollers anchors off and swims/tenders ashore when on his "big" boat?
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Interesting set of reply. However, I would not have thought that a small console with a loo could be chosen to satisfy some "posing ambitions" ....
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There seems to be a huge focus on expense in this thread. If the chap has the funds, a twin engined or large single engine set up it is ideal even if its only used 50 hrs per year.

There's no point in buying an MX5 if you can afford a Ferrari.
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Old 26 September 2010, 07:30   #27
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Ah OK I hadn't realised RC offered a cabin version - that makes sense. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for with a cabin but Shearwater do a very "discrete" cabin console that still looks like a traditional rib. I think Parker (Andre on here) do something similar. And then a few people, e.g. Scorpion, Excalibur, Redbay will do you a cabin that occupies everything forward of the console. Zar might be another option, but the aesthetics are bit different from a traditional rib. I've probably missed a few, and some of the more niche manufacturers could easily create something for you - e.g. I think someone one here has an Ocean(?) console which is big enough to fit inside, and could be part of a cabin.
Thanks, I do not really like the type of cabin occupying everything forward of the console so looking for something smaller and more discrete as it is really just to house a marine toilet and conveniently store some kit.
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There seems to be a huge focus on expense in this thread. If the chap has the funds, a twin engined or large single engine set up it is ideal even if its only used 50 hrs per year.

There's no point in buying an MX5 if you can afford a Ferrari.
Hahhh .... I'm relieved .... I started to wonder if the labour conference delegates were posting during their tea break ....
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Old 26 September 2010, 09:12   #29
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Hahhh .... I'm relieved .... I started to wonder if the labour conference delegates were posting during their tea break ....
You were the one who brought up "ecconomy" in the opening post and wondering if you'd make a saving on diesel...

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Thanks, I do not really like the type of cabin occupying everything forward of the console so looking for something smaller and more discrete as it is really just to house a marine toilet and conveniently store some kit.
Unlike Paul, I can totally see the attraction of a small cabin regardless of where you use the boat, and certainly see that with ladies (and I use the term loosely!) on board that its easier to keep them happy if you have toilet facilities, and so maximise your enjoyment of the boat! Having recently acquired a young family I reckon Paul will be looking for some sort of shelter in the next 5 years, as he discovers kids don't like rain/spray as much as him!

Well I'd certainly be trying to arrange a look at a Shearwater (http://www.shearwaterribs.com/conten...ifications.php) which strikes me as very similar to the RC850 sport cruiser (although from a much smaller brand than ribcraft - which may or may not be a good thing).
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and certainly see that with ladies (and I use the term loosely!) on board that its easier to keep them happy if you have toilet facilities
I have a theory about that

I think that ladies only need to know that the toilet is available if they need it and thereafter don't bother with it.

I'm convinced that there is a market for console hatch stickers that say "Hygienically Suspect Wobbly Toilet inside" - save us all a fortune
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