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Old 20 July 2014, 08:25   #11
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One of the boats I'm considering is a 6.1 with a 115 Suzuki with 200 hours. Boat and engine are 13 years old, tubes, hull and trailer in good condition. Price is 12-13k
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One of the boats I'm considering is a 6.1 with a 115 Suzuki with 200 hours. Boat and engine are 13 years old, tubes, hull and trailer in good condition. Price is 12-13k
Sounds like it may be a bit underpowered...they are a good heavy lay up typical British RIB.
Or might just be me!
Price?..All down to condition and spec...I've seen plenty of rough,under maintained newer RIBs and some real low hour well loved Gems that were somewhat older! the difference half a meter makes,is Most evident....on the water!
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Would be totally underpowered as a heavy well built beast. Just like er indoors. The Suzibishi 115 chucks out 107 at the prop
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Old 20 July 2014, 13:33   #14
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I took her for a spin, didn't seem to under powered, 32 knots flat out
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I took her for a spin, didn't seem to under powered, 32 knots flat out
You will discover that to some people on RIBnet that IS underpowered - those people tend to exaggerate and describe things as "totally underpowered" suggesting the boat is not even going to get on the plane! It all depends what you want to use the boat for - if you want to load it with hairy-arsed-divers you might find it is a bit lifeless; if its just you cruising around in reasonable conditions then most people don't do that at >30 knots anyway (although you may burn more fuel sitting at 85% throttle in a 115HP than 60% throttle with a 140).

Personally, I'm of the view that too much power helps you get into trouble quicker (think causative factors of Padstow, and indeed if you look at people who have flipped ribs on here - they never did it in "underpowered" boats). It might mean you have a desire to upgrade in 2 or 3 years time, but you will at least have found your feet by then, and be more confident what you are spending your on.

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really? why do Suzi not conform the international standard which changed in the 1980s - or is it just a rumour, or one magazine article who had a duff motor?
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Hmmm, Poly the Suzi comment is normally aimed at me! As I understand it the older Suzi's were not measured at the prop. I was advised at the Southampton boat show last year when the same individual banded that comment at me on the Suzuki stand in ear shot of a sales man that this was the case but the last couple of years they have brought this in line with other OB manufacturers and measure the HP at the prop.
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I took her for a spin, didn't seem to under powered, 32 knots flat out

Have a look at our Loch Lomond at Easter and Oban vids on here somewhere
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Hmmm, Poly the Suzi comment is normally aimed at me! As I understand it the older Suzi's were not measured at the prop. I was advised at the Southampton boat show last year when the same individual banded that comment at me on the Suzuki stand in ear shot of a sales man that this was the case but the last couple of years they have brought this in line with other OB manufacturers and measure the HP at the prop.
Nothing wrong with Performance on the 'Gay Blue' Alex!....(well except the colour of course)
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Nothing wrong with Performance on the 'Gay Blue' Alex!....(well except the colour of course)

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I'm thinking of buying a Redbay 6.1 or maybe a 650 if I can get one. Does anyone have any experience of these or any advice for me? They seem to be expensive but are they worth it?
They are both VERY good hulls. I've owned a 6.5 and a friend owns a 6.1 - they're a bit different. The 6.5/650 is heavier and wider and deals with a sea a little easier, but the 6.1 is almost as good, it's just the weight that seals it. The 6.1 is an easier prospect for trailering and "handballing". 115hp is at the bottom end of power for the 6.1m - OKish. 140hp is the same for the 6.5m. Forget about top speed - it's pickup in a sea that's important.

IMO, the 6.1m is well matched by 125/150hp. The 6.5 by 140-175hp. It depends on the seating, console and load - naturally.

Price - decent used examples fetch good money but 12kSTG seems a LITTLE rich for the 6.1/115 combo at that age....
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