Originally Posted by ribowner
Votes on the subject then..................
Well I voted with my feet and went diesel. It is true that it takes a good while in fuel costs on an outboard to reach the cost of initial purchase of a diesel vessel but that is not a valid argument for many of us. I suppose if you compare two similar boats of the same type and make then the argument is more valid.
However, the high initial cost of boats such as Redbays and my own boat is not because it is diesel it is because we have bought a lot of vessel and a lot of facility. They are not simply a hull, wee consol and a couple of seats.
When I came home in my previous outboard rib my money was gone, I'd burned it. When I come home in my present diesel rib the rib isn't used up and the facilities the boat has are still there....that's where my money is.
For me it is also true that an initial high purchase price was easier to deal with than a constant high drain on my pocket. With my previous outboard boat, after the early enthusiasm had wained, I began to question the sanity of paying £100 to travel 40 miles and back for a drink and sandwich at a pub. Today, I've had a four hour cruise and I've come home having spent slightly less than 25 quid on fuel.
I made my lunch on the boat, because it has the facilities and I enjoy that, whilst sitting in the sun chatting to a couple who were interested in a vessel which is a bit different.
It's just a whole lot better experience.