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Old 20 May 2007, 16:04   #41
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We are considering buying a bigger rib (9-10m range). But I read in one of Nautiboy's posts that his parker weights 3500kg without trailer. This is to heavy for towing with our car (car is rated at towing max 3500kg).

Paul

if you are in the market for a 9/10 mtr you will not find a better rib then the Parker 900Baltic

what seating configuration and engines did you have in mind

the Baltic hull is heavy and the weight gives the great ride

NautiBouy's weight was said to be accurate for that configuration, but will hv to check to make sure whose figures are correct
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Old 20 May 2007, 16:10   #42
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I think the only true way of finding out the weight of the rib is a weighbridge, as have very conflicting records of the weight

Drivers Wharf recorded 2700kg dry weight
Port Solent recorded 3400kg dry weight

So I am just as puzzled, I know the chap who purchased my rib is planning on putting her on a trailer so hopefully he might know, I did advise him that the weight could be as much as 3400kg, but he did not seem to bemused by this.

Parker estimated the weight of the rib to be 2800kg so perhaps the Port Solent crane is way out, who knows?

Didn't your tanks hold 440 litres Richard, this could have influenced the weigh bridge figures?
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Old 20 May 2007, 16:15   #43
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Didn't your tanks hold 440 litres Richard, this could have influenced the weigh bridge figures?
No we deducted any fuel allowances from the weight......... which bit of Dry Weight did you struggle with
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Old 20 May 2007, 16:22   #44
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No we deducted any fuel allowances from the weight......... which bit of Dry Weight did you struggle with
Oh sorry M Lord, I thought "Dry" reffered to you not having a tipple that day
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Old 20 May 2007, 16:30   #45
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Oh sorry M Lord, I thought "Dry" reffered to you not having a tipple that day
arrr, that would be extra dry then
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The advantage of having the M121 Chartplotter from Northstar is that with the Smartcraft Gateway connecting the M121 and Smartcraft display monitor you have the possibility of viewing the engine management on the large screen. This gives the navigator/crewman the option of controlling the operation of the engines. This cannot be done with any other chartplotter .
Having played with a Navman(rebadged Northstar) 121 today and Garmin 3010c I have decided to go with the Northstar, very clear screen, plus having all the engine data etc will be useful, 2" larger display and user friendly, Plus it looks a lot more sleek in comparison to the Garmin.
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Old 21 May 2007, 01:24   #47
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I'm surprised you havn't looked at the raymarine E120? its superb
also i saw a neat hummingbird side sonar advertised last week, be great for finding wrecks and stuff.
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Old 21 May 2007, 04:49   #48
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The Verado is a Fantastic engine, and I would happily have another pair, however I have decided this time to go for Opti as chatting to the other guys who have the Parker Baltic 900 with Optis they are getting the same speed as I was bar 3-5 knots, they are getting 55knots with 2 x 225 Opti's.

Plus seeing as I was always ending up cruising at 40 knots that always put me in the higher fuel band and the fuel did flow through. Also chatting to the engineer who serviced the Verado's he recons with the Opti I will see a 35% fuel saving.

The other reason was because I am planning on using the new one for commercial use which reduces the warranty on the engines to 1 year, plus the Parker 900 Baltic I have just sold and only used personally, in 7 months I racked up 105hrs per engine. So based on the hours and if the engine was to go bang after a year I would far sooner replace a 9k ish Opti as supposed to a 16k Verado.

Also the Opti is a very proven engine, and the latest version out this year is supposed to be quieter.
it will make a lovely noise when you open those girls up, the fuel saving will be an additional bonus

good luck with the new boat, shame to see the old one go as that was a lovely boat, hopefully parker can pull the date forwards as it is going to be a long summer without a large sexy boat to cruise in
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Odd. I would have thought taking a "we won't supply what you want" stance was bad for business if you are spending somewhere between 50 and 100 grand?
I guess this is the effect of too much activity in the boating market - as in most other markets as well. The policy with many of the boat builders these days seems to be "the customer should be glad that we are willing to sell him anything at all". I trust this attitude will change, as there will be harder times also this time. Just a matter of when.

Nothing against Mercury though, or Parker ribs.
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I'm surprised you havn't looked at the raymarine E120? its superb
also i saw a neat hummingbird side sonar advertised last week, be great for finding wrecks and stuff.
I had a bit of a play with one in the chandlery on the weekend and after 15mins got frustrated with it, perhaps I just need someone who knows there way round to show me, but at first thoughts the Nortstar and Garmin were user friendly.
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