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Old 08 June 2000, 14:58   #1
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HI GUYS,
JUST SOLD MY 6M RIBCRAFT, LOOKING TO GO UP TO A 7M - 8M RIB, MAIN USE IS OUT AND ABOUT THE ISLAND OF ANGLESEY, OCCASIONALLY OVER TO IRELAND, ISLE OF MAN AND MIDWAY DOWN THE WELSH COAST (BARDSEY ISLAND), PREFERABLY IN FORCE 6+ (MORE INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING!).ANY ADVISE ON WETHER TO GO FOR INBOARD,OUTBOARD,PETROL,DIESEL,JET OR STERN DRIVE??HAVE BEEN USED TO SPENDING£200 PER WEEKEND (OUCH!!)ON FUEL , CAN I IMPROVE ON THIS WITHOUT LOSING PERFOMANCE/POWER? ANY THOUGHTS ON THE HULL? MAINLY PLEASURE/CRUISING (ALTHOUGH SOME OF MY PASSENGERS MAY DISAGREE..HA!HA!)
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The main decision is between a petrol outboard, and a diesel sterndrive. Other options are generally of little interest for cruising RIBs.

The major benefits of diesel are fuel price and availability. Outboards are cheaper to buy, but are much more expensive to run and often involve lugging jerry cans around.#

My choice is a diesel sterndrive anytime -- for your size range the two most popular options are the Yamaha (240 hp) or Yanmar (300 hp).

You will want a deep V hull for offshore cruising: Ribtec, Ribcraft, Scorpion, Delta would all be worth a look.

PS Do you still have any crew? Do any come out a second time?

PPS Your caps lock key seems to be stuck

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