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Old 01 August 2013, 05:02   #51
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7m VM 27" transom with XL shaft (25")
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Old 01 August 2013, 07:32   #52
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Landlord!! you should be working with Osprey!! you the man and have the nicest Demo boat!!
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Old 01 August 2013, 09:20   #53
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6.5m VM with 26" transom and XL Suzook. I asked Mike to knock an inch off the transom cos the Suzook spins a slightly larger diameter prop than most. Have ended up raising the engine about 1/2" since tho!
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Old 01 August 2013, 10:15   #54
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Old 01 August 2013, 11:07   #55
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I think that it's pretty obvious that Mike will make your transom any height you desire. ........within reason.
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Old 14 August 2013, 08:42   #56
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Had a great day out on this boat the other day, the owner was very kind to let me drive the whole time!

It is a little strange being so far forward, a feeling of being closer to the water because obviously the beam is much narrower where it is tapering up to the bow so the edge is closer. There is a lot more space on board than I expected, without the livewell you could easily have another row of seats, or a bench seat.

The engine is propped too coarsely at the moment, it is running a 19p Laser II but is only making 5200 trimmed REALLY far out. The throttle response is great though, quick acceleration and good trim characteristics. This can only improve with the correct prop. At 10knots the engine really sounds like it is bogging but when you get up to speed it is sweet as a nut. 50 knots was just about achieved with me and two fat blokes on board, so more must be possible with a better prop and less weight.

In the Bassin d'Arcachon where we were, there was a huge variety of conditions, inside, it was nearly flat calm but out in the sea it was lumpy so I had the chance to test out the rough weather characteristics of the boat. It really is nearly identical to ours, despite the metre difference. My only compaint is the steering wheel is much too low and made my upper arms ache really quickly, something I have never experienced before. The steering is very very heavy also, which I think is down to the wrong oil being used in it, I can't remember the spec but it was not proper ultraflex hydraulic oil. Some grade of ATF stuff.

The taller windscreen really wraps around and I stayed dry throughout, that's an advantage of being so far forward I suppose.

This boat was built on a serious budget and also in a tough time frame and it is very fortunate that it all worked out in the end. There are a few little bits and pieces which need to be given finishing touches over the winter but the target was for him to have a working boat to fish off over the summer and that is what he has got

I really don't think you could put together a boat of this quality, capability and performance for the same or less money wise. I have personally invested many, many tens of hours into this boat and anyone interested in putting together an Osprey is welcome to contact me about them and I can try to provide any help or advice.
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Have heard a lot about the Osprey Vipermax, never actually saw one in the flesh until last week. Very impressed.

Came across this one in Rathmullan, Donegal, Ireland. Looked very new, lovely looking boat. A ton of space onboard.
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Landlord!! you should be working with Osprey!! you the man and have the nicest Demo boat!!
yep...a stunning bit of kit....
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Old 14 August 2013, 09:58   #59
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This boat was built on a serious budget and also in a tough time frame and it is very fortunate that it all worked out in the end. There are a few little bits and pieces which need to be given finishing touches over the winter but the target was for him to have a working boat to fish off over the summer and that is what he has got
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Come they how much to get it this far?
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Bear in mind this also has the custom built livewell, not sure other companies would even do that for you!
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