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Old 29 May 2007, 05:40   #121
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Hi Sarah,

Good luck with the test drive.
Can I ask what you are trying out?

And please feel free to drop me a line or call anytime re the electronics.

All the best
Hi Jon

We are test driving a Porters Renegade 6.5 with a Tohatsu 140 2-stroke engine. It is a 1998 boat but looks in good nick - hopefully I will know more on Thursday (weather permitting).
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Old 29 May 2007, 15:03   #122
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Sarah, you might find this site useful:

http://www.porters.org.uk/rescue.htm

It lists the Porters RIB prices, so you can work out what the new price of that boat would be. Which, should help you work out it's used value and whether the asking price is reasonable.

It certainly helped when I bought mine.
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Old 29 May 2007, 15:24   #123
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Take some photos and post them if you get a momnent. Then many of us will be able to add (in my case questionably valuable) input!
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Old 29 May 2007, 15:25   #124
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And do check you have hydraulic steering.....
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Old 29 May 2007, 15:42   #125
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And do check you have hydraulic steering.....
Why ?
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Old 29 May 2007, 15:51   #126
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Wahh, you do know the right word to use, Pete!!
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Old 30 May 2007, 06:47   #127
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Sarah, you might find this site useful:

http://www.porters.org.uk/rescue.htm

It lists the Porters RIB prices, so you can work out what the new price of that boat would be. Which, should help you work out it's used value and whether the asking price is reasonable.

It certainly helped when I bought mine.
Hi Guy

Thanks for this. This is really useful. I've looked at the new costs which makes interesting reading but of course these boats don't have all the bits (trailer, engine, etc.) but very interesting non-the-less. Also, it means I have somewhere I can go - if this is the boat for us - to get the odd bit done, like a new windshield. I have checked out the threads and think that this is a job for the patient not for me...

Thanks again.
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Old 30 May 2007, 06:48   #128
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Take some photos and post them if you get a momnent. Then many of us will be able to add (in my case questionably valuable) input!
Hi Bruce

Good plan. I think Thursday has been called off due to the weather but hopefully next Tuesday is looking better.

I'll take you up on your idea.

Many thanks

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Why ?
What is the the pro/con of having hydraulic steering? Sorry if this is a numpty questions...
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Old 30 May 2007, 08:20   #130
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I must admitt that my preferance is Hydrualic steering.

From a safety angle if you let go of the helm in a cable steered boat it will always go around in circles, if you've fallen in the water and the engine hasn't cut it will run you over.

With Hydraulic steering the boat will carry on at what ever the steering position was when you let go. So generally will not run you over unless you fell out doing a tight turn.

The other advantage to hydraulic is that it is generally easier to steer and might well benefit youngters if you wanted then to have a go.

The Disadvantage is the cost, 350 ish for a sub 150hp and upward of 500ish for anything over 150hp. But if you're using anything over 115 you won't get an option on the cable steering.
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