Originally Posted by Sarah G
I've emailed Mark to see what his feelings are on the boat.
Ta for the email.
I thought I would post my reply here, so as to fuel the discussion.
I like the Renegade. It is big for a 6.5 even it really is only 6.3m long.
Int. beam is 5' 1/2" from the console back so you dont knock feet/knees with the 3 x 3 seating. The down side is that it is nearly 8' 6" wide on the outside, which is around the width of Nos's artic'. I can not see past the tubes in any of the mirrors on my V8 Disco, even with towing mirrors attached! So towing can be interesting around push-bikes and narrow lanes.
It is not the fastest craft around. Mine tops out at around 38 - 40 kts. However you can get loads of kit, beer, kids etc in it. (See Pic) The console seat is far enough back not to act as an ejector seat, and I am happy to let my 9 y.o. sit there if things are not too rough.
It is a dry(ish) boat with a soft ride due to the huge flare and fine bow. The beam means it does not "tip" too much when turning so kids feel safe in it.
The Tohatsu 140 is bullet proof but thirsty and a bit loud. Economy wise I do around 1.1 to 1.3 l/nm. So a trip to from Northney to Cowes and back costs around £40-50. It will make the disco seem like the most economic car in the world. The way I look at things is that I can buy a lot of fuel for the £8-10k needed to replace the engine with something more modern.
From the pics on B&O I would say the hull is not too old but the engine may pre date the hull. The trailer is a West Mersea one, and is probably fitted with an Alco axel. Search for Alco and see what that will let you in for.
One last thing is that the Porter was formerly BWM DS21 so a search for one of those may turn up some more examples. The Parker 6.3 is again based on the same hull. Again worth a search. Andre had inboard diesel one (suprise, suprise) as a demonstratoe a few years back.
If you are down my way, I would be glad to let you have a look around mine. PM or email me for a phone number.