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Old 14 August 2013, 11:06   #61
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Bear in mind this also has the custom built livewell, not sure other companies would even do that for you!
Bet Ribcraft would if you asked them!! actually i know they would
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Old 14 August 2013, 11:07   #62
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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.

Can you reach the throttle when wide open??
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Old 14 August 2013, 11:19   #63
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Can you reach the throttle when wide open??
Or the kill cord

Seriously though, fantastic looking rib. Enjoy!

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Old 14 August 2013, 11:32   #64
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it does look good but there are a few design flaws. your arm is outstretched even in neutral.
What do the passengers hold on too?
The Steering is too low, the angle of the GRP by the GPS needs 15 degrees more angle on it. Surely basic stuff like that would really make it more comfortable!
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Bet Ribcraft would if you asked them!! actually i know they would
It's not hard to do a little one like this, but I don't think they have the time to discuss how to do it for hours with the customer. From reading the threads on here they don't seem to have much time for customers at all..
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Can you reach the throttle when wide open??
Yep, that is actually fine, I held it in my usual manner (at the bottom) and it was fine to use.
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Or the kill cord
Killcord positioning is OK, he did seem a little surprised when we turned up in lifejackets and then I proceeded to put the kill cord on..
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What do the passengers hold on too?
One hand on the back of the seat in front, one hand on the strategically placed tube handle. Had two fat blokes with no complaints so it is pretty good apparently.
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The Steering is too low, the angle of the grp by the GPS needs 15 degress more angle on it
Unfortunately yes, my arms began to ache almost immediately as I have said above. Not helped by heavy steering. That is one of the adjustments for winter, moving it up 2 or three inches.
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It's not hard to do a little one like this, but I don't think they have the time to discuss how to do it for hours with the customer. From reading the threads on here they don't seem to have much time for customers at all..
Yes i can it get like that when crazily busy... i went in there last week and there were just over 50 boats on the board to be made.. What recession
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Gotchi..
There is no way your back is supported when even in neutral let alone in forward gear, your arm is clearly outstretched. it looks a very badly designed driving position for you!
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Yes i can it get like that when crazily busy... i went in there last week and there were just over 50 boats on the board to be made.. What recession
They must be doing very well. I wonder what the percentage of their boats are the "professional" line nowadays? I imagine they steer their customers towards the sport line since it must be more economical and profitable to simply churn out the same product repeatedly rather than tailor every boat to the individual customer's needs?
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There is no way your back is supported when even in neutral let alone in forward gear, your arm is clearly outstretched
In calm conditions it is of course possible to set the speed then relax back into the seat. However during normal running of any boat I usually hunch forward a little bit, so I wouldn't say I missed having my back supported. Perhaps this isn't the best technique but it seems to work for me.

Has the added benefit of bringing your face behind the screen so you don't get wet

The owner (chap in black vest) agrees with you though, and he did mention the idea of fitting some sort of bracket to bring the throttle closer
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looking at some of the orders,they were mostly commercial and all in very different guises.As ya know they make everything bar stainless in house so i guess they can design things in anyway poss

hmmm i gotta keep doing the lottery!!

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Has the added benefit of bringing your face behind the screen so you don't get wet
The screen looks a bit basic really. its the first thing you grab walking around the consol and looking at the quality of that is gonna be ripped right off. are you gonna put some protection for it like a Stainless grab bar as that bit of bent perspex is a bit lacking me thinks!I could knock that up in me garage!! it would finish it off nicely!

The Isolator switch is right in front of your knee which would be bloody painful in if it got roughand looks pretty ugly. could you not tuck it away in the consol behind a hatch?
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