Originally Posted by ppenman
Boat looks great. How do you think it will compare speed and economy wise compared with the 785?
Speeds looking very similar to the 785 with a 250, fuel is slightly up due to weight and size, but from todays runs the engine drives the boat well. We only filled one tank full as they run in line in the centre of the RIB so will work through how balanced is affected by loading front tank on next fill.
Boat handling in reasonable chop today was good, we found sitting more comfortable than the old position of standing on 785 helm as this boat pushes through waves rather than flying off the top on every one so more comfortable all round. The bow sits very clear of all waves and gives you great confidence.
Sea state moderate, wind NE 17knots gusting 30, high water falling, strongest tide was Cowes roads area and maybe of Bramble bank
Today I took some existing customers out and lent them some gear to protect themselves from the freezing weather and also allowed them to helm for a while. Also aboard was another operator just running out to test the feel and response on the new one
Some more images here-