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Old 26 August 2003, 16:14   #1
Country: UK - England
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Phantom Evo Update

Further to my last request for info on this boat I post my initial findings.
The boat arrived 2 weeks later than expected due to Barrus selling engines without wiring looms or props to suit (The 225 Opti also arrived without the anode for the saddle). Not my fualt claims Neil & I believe him especially as I drove up to Godstone & helped him fit out the boat at 10.30pm on a Saturday night. Thanks Neil. (One week after getting the cash he's still interested enough to phone & threaten to take me out & show me how to drive this boat properly).

Enough said about Neil. The boat is everything I wanted & expected. I does around a true 65mph on the flat & has exceeded my expectations in the rough. You need to get ontop of the rough stuff & skip the wave tops to apriciate this boats potential. It lands straight every time. I feel I will give out before the boat does.

I don't have experience in 10mtr Redbays......but I don't live on the West coast of Ireland either, for the small choppy stuff around the Solent this boat is great if you want to go fast. If you want a sensible anchor locker & lots of storage then look elsewhere.

I find the flash looking consul a bit too attention grabbing at times, but it does the job very well in as much as it streamlines the boat & enables you to see where your going at 65mph. Nice design Neil.

If you want a boat to put a S**t eating grin on your face this is the boat. The Opti is also the engine if you want amazing fuel economy.

For what its worth. Micheal.

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Old 26 August 2003, 16:30   #2
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It sounds fantastic

As a brand new ribber myself (3 weeks now) I know what you mean about the grin although I may not get the speed you get.

I should have dumped my plastic sportsboat years ago now I know what RIBs can do.

I shall look out for you in the solent..what colour is your Phantom Evo?

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Old 26 August 2003, 16:40   #3
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Good Luck

Well done Michael, good luck with the boat and happy ribbing, try get some pics up cheers Gavin

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Old 26 August 2003, 17:18   #4
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Nice one Michael - sounds like you're enjoying yourself?
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Old 27 August 2003, 02:02   #5
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Let see some pictures !!!

Hi Micheal,

Congratulations on your new purchase any chance we can see some pictures of you new love.

Happy Ribbing
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Old 27 August 2003, 02:45   #6
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Nice one Michael,

I am glad you are happy with your boat,

I am glad you like your Opti. I have been banging on about them for a long time know and I reckon they are as fuel efficient as 4 strokes when you have got the hammer down. I wouldn't consider putting a different petrol engine on a new boat

I too look forward to seeing you out there, as soon as my leg gets better
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Old 27 August 2003, 10:35   #7
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i love the look of these boats, but never hear anything about them, it seems like theyre ignored by most rib shoppers. Is it cause they dont look like a lifeboat (a good thing in my mind) Are they based on the old phantom hull? is it a deep v? Hope to see you out!! Enjoy
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Old 27 August 2003, 15:14   #8
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Evo Picture

This is the only pic we have at the moment. It was taken at the yard where they are built. We opted to ditch the rear bench seat as it made it impossible to work on the outboard at sea if necessary due to lack of space behind it.

gtflash. It is based on the old Phantom hulls, of which I have had 2 previously both were excellent, although Neil has modified the spray rails. This has improved the turning & made for a dryer ride.
I really liked your question "Is it cause they dont look like a lifeboat". We feel this might very well be true.

Thanks to everybody else who gave us some input on the subject. Hope to see you out oneday.
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Old 27 August 2003, 15:16   #9
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Evo picture

Sorry no pic, just spent 35mins trying to resize. Can't do it. Will try another day.
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Old 27 August 2003, 15:42   #10
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Michael, go here and download Paintstudio - for free. You can use this easy peasy application to re-size pics and post on ribnet

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