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Old 12 April 2015, 16:54   #21
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is the steering electric or motor driven hydraulic? i wonder how it will hold up in say 5 years of use...i.e outside of warranty.

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its electric. I guess only time will tell. It certainly does the job at the moment...
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Old 12 April 2015, 17:10   #22
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is the steering electric or motor driven hydraulic? i wonder how it will hold up in say 5 years of use...i.e outside of warranty.

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Fortunately it has a 5 year warranty including corrosion damage unlike many other manufacturers. And of course it only needs servicing every 5 years or 500 hours...

Only wish I could have gone down to see it today, I think it looks an absolutely fantastic boat. A great mix between the leisure boats that are becoming so popular these days and yet the hard core offshore pedigree of the Osprey hull and fittings. Little surprised by the Ullmans rather than Scotseats; I was under the impression they continue to be more expensive and from the accounts I've had from people who've tried both there really is no comparison....
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Old 12 April 2015, 17:28   #23
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Little surprised by the Ullmans rather than Scotseats; I was under the impression they continue to be more expensive and from the accounts I've had from people who've tried both there really is no comparison....
Paul Lemmer might disagree with you on that...
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Paul Lemmer might disagree with you on that...
Now's your turn whisper......
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Old 12 April 2015, 17:52   #25
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Now's your turn whisper......
To avoid confusion.... Tried both. Preferred Ullman.
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To avoid confusion.... Tried both. Preferred Ullman.
Me too!
Like Gochi says..and IMO too....no comparison
I think new Osprey Boys Chris and Guy have already in the short time at the Helm showed some interesting ideas and that they're serious about moving the Brand forward!
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not a fan of the rest of it i'm afraid. i guess it is not aimed at the practical boaters market. i.e lack of storage/seating and can't put an aux on the transom. i assume it is more of a drystack toy, which it will probably end up anyway i guess.
What a load of rubbish.
It is not often that I am moved to such extreme statements, but twaddle like this cannot go uncontested.
Osprey as a brand is probably one of the least "drystack toy" brands out there. It is a very deep V design giving a 'soft' ride to deal with real sea conditions. In the 6.5 metre category I tried most brands when going for Osprey and each had its compromises - no surprises there. The compromise with the Osprey hull - it has such a deep V and substantial build that it is not the fastest, so it does not win the numbers game.
But it is forgiving. I have yet to experience any semblance of hooking for instance, and believe me, I and others (well one ribnetter in particular I could name) have pushed my boat hard in 'power on' turns with tubes in the water, with no sign of bad behaviour.
I do not know what Chris is offering these days, it has been quite some time since we have been in touch, but when I bought mine it could be configured for whatever storage space or seating configuration you needed. Mine has removeable rear jockeys to give more deck space when I need it for example.
I must admit to some confusion though, why do you state that an auxiliary cannot be mounted? Have I missed something on this new boat, 'cos I know of other owners that have used an auxiliary on slightly older Ospreys.
For years Osprey was known as THE brand favoured by divers, the sort of people that sling weight belts and cylinders around the boat (bin there, seen that!). There was a reason why Osprey were so popular with these unforgiving users, and as far as I am concerned, that reputation is untarnished
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(well one ribnetter in particular I could name) have pushed my boat hard in 'power on' turns with tubes in the water, with no sign of bad behaviour.
I wonder who that was
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cracking looking hull/tubes. osprey do make the nicest looking hull/tube combos imo.

not a fan of the rest of it i'm afraid. i guess it is not aimed at the practical boaters market. i.e lack of storage/seating and can't put an aux on the transom. i assume it is more of a drystack toy, which it will probably end up anyway i guess.

however, curious what the engine is like if you have any comments?

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This is a demo RIB. To be fair to Osprey, talk to them about personal layout options if you're interested, it's impossible to showcase all the options on one boat.
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Chris,

For sure a very nice looking rib but what I like most is the console and this is the only one after our Neptune console where you actually sit in it and not just ones bum is sitting on the edge of a so called seat. Like our Neptune your console gives very good back and side support. The console is nice and high and the height is dictated by the knee height of the person sitting in the seat. I have specially used the word "sitting in" because that is what he is doing "sitting in".
a high console also gives the crew excellent protection from the elements

Well done and perhaps you may think about adding some grab handles on the side and a grab handle around the windscreen would do no harm.

I have attached a photo of our Neptune console on Nauti Buoy. I have the very same on Never Enough
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