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Old 26 September 2010, 13:47   #31
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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 think you are spot on with that comment.
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Old 26 September 2010, 15:03   #32
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There's no point in buying an MX5 if you can afford a Ferrari.

I've never heard a prospective ferrari owner considering fuel economy as in the opening post where he alludes to the economical benefits of diesel. I think you'd be ignored by a ferrari salesman if you did.

As a result, the posts drew from this that money was not unlimited and that costs needed to be factored in to a degree. Hence suggestions that the extra money required going from 6.5 to 8.5 should be considered against the actual need for the length and size of boat ie useage/serious weather capability etc

Polwart: I can see the benefit of a cuddy or shelter to some degree for wind protection and spray etc. Though i don't personally see the need for a bigger boat to provide console storage and loo though!

If money isn't an object, my favourite is Goldfish for the south coast and Protector for North coast.
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Old 26 September 2010, 15:21   #33
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my favourite is Goldfish
Excellent choice .. send mine up to Largs with a driver please ..


.. fek theres no where to put me gin and tonic ?
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Old 26 September 2010, 16:02   #34
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Regarding beaching, are you saying that larger ribs cannot be beached safely?
Are we talking about letting a rib dry out on a beach or ramming it James Bond style up the beach at 50 knots?

The former is fine, always worth having a look around to make sure there's no sharp bit's of rock sticking up etc.

The latter is not advisable
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Old 26 September 2010, 16:36   #35
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Nothing risky, just drying out on sandy beaches in calm weather.
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For an all round cruising RIB you really don't need masses of power. An 8m-ish boat with 250-300hp will easily perform well enough to put a grin on most people's face.

I've cruised fairly extensively in a 7.5m RIB with a 165hp diesel. The only time it felt under powered was in a flat calm, and it rarely needed to be driven on the stops. Most people wouldn't even consider an engine this small though, and it did affect the resale value.

For the sort of use you have mentioned I would go for a single diesel. At around 300hp you'd have an excellent all rounder, and it wouldn't be underpowered at all. The availability of fuel on the quayside everywhere will really open up your horizons.

If you want something faster that's fine, but it's unlikely to be a better cruising boat.

I wouldn't be particularly keen to dry the boat out, but done carefully you're unlikely to do much damage.
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Thanks John, this is interesting. The fuel availability is certainly something to take into account.
How would you rate the resale between twin petrol O/B, diesel/drive and diesel/jet?

I'm still interested by easy beaching so diesel/drive could well be an issue.
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For what it's worth, the Mercruiser Bravo1x Leg on an Arctic Blue 27 lifts just clear of the keel line so is OK for grounding. The boat is fitted with a 320 hp diesel engine, so plenty of speed (circa 45kts).
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For what it's worth, the Mercruiser Bravo1x Leg on an Arctic Blue 27 lifts just clear of the keel line so is OK for grounding. The boat is fitted with a 320 hp diesel engine, so plenty of speed (circa 45kts).
Well maybe, but who in their right mind would go for that engine in over THAT other one they fit to that boat...
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For what it's worth, the Mercruiser Bravo1x Leg on an Arctic Blue 27 lifts just clear of the keel line so is OK for grounding. The boat is fitted with a 320 hp diesel engine, so plenty of speed (circa 45kts).
Thanks, this is quite interesting as I was under the impression that drive legs wouln't clear the keel line.
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