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Old 22 August 2002, 18:21   #1
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OMC's, Delta's and Ocean dynamics

Just after some expert advice!
First of all : are OMC outboards reliable/good?

secondly what are your views on both delta and ocean dynamic ribs as big sea going boats- comfortable/sturdy/capable of large seas etc?

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Old 23 August 2002, 03:45   #2
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I have found OMC engines to be lovely!
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Old 23 August 2002, 03:56   #3
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OMC does not exist anymore, they went into receivership over a year ago. A Canadian company called Bombardier have taken over all their interests and now manufacture the Evinrude and Johnson outboards. By all accounts they are very good and reliable.

Delta and Ocean Dynamics are excellent RIBS mainly aimed at the commercial market. I could be wrong but I think Ocean Dynamics RIBS cannot be purchased by every Joe Soap, you are required to be a commercial operator to do business with them. Delta on the other hand manufacture a large range of very good, seaworthy RIBS which are worth considering.
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You can't buy a new Delta either unless you are a commercial operator as Delta do not go for RCD approval which is required for sales to Joe Public. I believe this was a deliberate move by Delta some years ago to concentrate on their key markets.

Deltas are excellent RIBS IMHO - built like brick outhouses and are "proper" working RIBS. Witness the cruising exploits of Jim & Yvonne Mackintosh in Still Deep One (10m Delta 2x240 Yamaha). They are also the boat of choice for Murray Mcleod and the Seatrek guys working out of the Hebrides - seas where you definately need the ultimate RIBS!

There are a few around second hand and I think would make good buys providing you did all the checks on condition etc that you would on any second hand RIB.

Charles is right about OMC. I would add that I would not buy an OMC "Ficht" injected outboard manufactured prior to Bombardier taking over the business. Bombardier had to do a lot of work to improve the quality. That being said I would also not buy a normal 2 stroke of any size these days either as fuel economy is paramount. So modern FICHT, Optimax (Merc/Mariner) or HPDI (Yamaha) is the way to go.

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Old 23 August 2002, 05:36   #5
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thanks very much-
any more comments on the omc's- made for m.o.d. pre- bombardier?

also delta do i think now make ribs for leaisure customers and any thoughts of the sea keeping qual's of OD's rather than just surf-keeping qualities?

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My advice is to steer clear of any OMC engine's. Rather opt for the newer Bombardier designed Evinrudes if you must. There are many other options like Mercury/Mariner Optimax etc.

As far as your other question is concermed, I do not think you would be making a mistake going for a Delta or OD, for most applications.

Why do you ask anyway?
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we live in a remote place accessible only by boat!
It needs to be seaworthy for those nighttime winter crossings and a rib to cope with the rough jetty side!

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Ok, you've come to the right place and the right boats for the job....RIBS!! There are a host of options for you to chose from, depending on budget, load requirements, diesel vs petrol etc, etc.
I think many people on this forum would be happy to offer their advice in assisting you making the correct decision for your application. Please give us an indication of what a typical trip would involve, that is distances and everything else you can think of. It would not surprise me to find ribsters on this forum that have already done the passage you are referring to.
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reason I am thinking of that rib and engine is that there is one for sale-here are the details- what do you reckon for a tough reliable work boat

Delta Rib 6.5m (fast rescue craft) built 1991.
Self righting frame with bag and canister. Also nav lights, deck light, solar
panel, radar reflector.
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140hp johnson OMC engine manufactured 1996 and done under 100hrs in 2 seasons
use. Ex mod but still cased when bought.
power trim and tilt, Hydraulic steering
Underdeck (hand) and deck bilge (electric) pumps
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3 x jockey seats in triangle position recently upholstered
Radio is Icom 501 (new)
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I'm quite taken by that, but you'll probably beat me to getting the cash together!

- also I'd have difficulty getting the trailer back from Alderney
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