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Old 14 August 2007, 10:41   #1
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To all those interested in Osprey Ribs:
I thought it was about time I posted a few details about myself. I started playing with power boats at 16 years old, sold my soul and bought my first boat at 18! Every penny I earned went on fuel and I became addicted to water-skiing and the sea in general. I spent 15 years ski-racing, sometimes driving, sometimes skiing. The boats were usually Phantoms or Rings or in the really early days, Crusaders.

I started to get interested in Ribs about 12 years ago as a really good alternative to hard boats and ended up buying my first Osprey 7 years ago. Simply put it's been the best boat I've ever owned, so when I was given the opportunity approx. 2 years ago to become the U.K. distributor for Osprey I was delighted. I am a true enthusiast, genuinely believe in the product, appreciate that I have still got a lot to learn but will always try to help with advice and give demonstrations to people who are genuinely interested. Over the past few years I have visited Ireland each year, been to the Isle of Man, the Channel Isles and various places along the South Coast and my own local haunts in Cardigan Bay. I spend many hours skiing on the beautiful estuary at Barmouth. My most recent trip was to Ireland to watch the motor cycle road race at Skerries, just north of Dublin - an absolutely fantastic event if anyone is interested for next year! I've posted a few pictures of this trip.
My next plan is to change my boat for a Vipermax 7.5, with the new 300 Evinrude E-tec, having tried recently the 7.0m with a 250, I reckon it should be absolutely fantastic. I will try to keep everyone posted. Very many thanks to all those people who have purchased boats from us and for all the interest that people have in Osprey Ribs.
Should anyone in Ireland be reading this, Gerry O'Neil (Blufin) is able to supply fully fitted out boats, fitted out very professionally by himself, who is also a dedicated and very knowledgeable, enthusiast. We have supplied several boats to him already and believe having somebody across the water is very advantageous to ourselves and our customers.
Happy ribbing to everybody, please keep in touch!
Roy Bishop
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Old 14 August 2007, 15:19   #2
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The grass always looks greener on the other side doesn't it. I know people may be envious of us in the Channel Islands having France so close, but it must be great to be able to get across to Ireland as well. We may have the French lifestyle to go and enjoy, but the scenery isn't as dramatic as you have on your doorstep.

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Old 14 August 2007, 15:59   #3
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people may be envious of us in the Channel Islands having France so close
More like feel sorry for you
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Old 14 August 2007, 16:18   #4
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More like feel sorry for you
Took the words right out of my mouth
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Old 14 August 2007, 16:36   #5
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but it must be great to be able to get across to Ireland as well.

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Yes Jono and I have been known to pop across for a cream cake and back
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Old 14 August 2007, 16:48   #6
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Yes Jono and I have been known to pop across for a cream cake and back
You had the cream cakes, I had a pint of Guiness

Not much look with the weather this year, yet.

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Old 14 August 2007, 18:03   #7
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So is this Etec going to be a 300 or a 330 or a 350 or what???
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So is this Etec going to be a 300 or a 330 or a 350 or what???
A 300 was mentioned in the post
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Old 15 August 2007, 02:34   #9
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So is this Etec going to be a 300 or a 330 or a 350 or what???
300 i think, Ged is the man to ask hes good buddies with Liverpool Powerboats who are a big E Tec Dealer, interesting to see our BRP are running things since they too over from Jets Marivent, they have stopped supplying all their OEM boat builders and no they have to buy through the dealers.

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300 i think, Ged is the man to ask hes good buddies with Liverpool Powerboats who are a big E Tec Dealer, interesting to see our BRP are running things since they too over from Jets Marivent, they have stopped supplying all their OEM boat builders and no they have to buy through the dealers.

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The new etec 300 is based on the 250 etec it has been tuned to 300hp with a new exhaust system, to get the emmisions within the new rules. It will come with new electronic dials similar to the lowrance dials, no price is set yet but will be around other 300hp engines. Ian at Liverpool Powerboats has already taken orders (included is mine ) as the 300etecs will at first be in short supply as most will be shipped to the yanks.
If anyone is intrested in one, PM me and I will keep you informed as soon as they are in stock or call Ian at Liverpool powerboats......
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