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Old 19 May 2006, 07:54   #31
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Tuppenceworth from a Prosport 5.85 owner with a Suzzy 90.

Well, excepting some 'teething problems' it runs well and I get 35knots in a good sea. Normally cruise at 28-30. Fantastic engine (previous experience was a Honda). Maybe a lighter boat than the ribcraft so better fuel economy and greater speed. Can't offer any comparison in rough water handling though as I've never owned any other rib, only driven a few.
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Old 19 May 2006, 10:11   #32
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I'm not sure this is entirely accurate - JK locked the thread - but as I understand it they were sold. And Prosport ribs (UK) Ltd [which may have had little or no connection to the Channel Islands manufacturer] was dissolved - but this company has been dormant for a while (so could have been set up as a trading vehicle and then a change of plan - and now wound up as a result of the sale)

It was sold to a company in the U.K hence the address on the Prosport Site, although if you look at this listing on the companies house site, it wass dissolved very recently, although as you say it had been dormant for a while, so you may well be right.
Im unsure however whether the new company has started trading yet.

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See the 3rd last one? Thats the one I want, but its a little over my budget.

I was trying to not go over the 16,000 mark.

The engine must be 4stroke... I was told by the hierarchy that its essential!

That Mariner 150 Optimax is a 2stroke, right? I'm not very familar with them

-Edit- Robin's Yellow 585 sold a few days ago!
Ok, what about this one, similarly priced to the Honda one, may well be sold though:
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F95064

The Optimax engines are high pressure direct injection 2 strokes, which are almost as economical as the 4 strokes, generally lighter and far better at putting a smile on your face
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Old 19 May 2006, 13:35   #33
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Yam 100 4-stroke - 162kg
Yam 115 2-stroke - 163kg
Honda 90 4-stroke - 169kg
Evinrude 115 Ficht - 170kg
Mercury 115 Optimax - 170Kg
Yam 115 4-stroke - 181kg
Suzuki 90/115 4-stroke - 189kg
Honda 115 4-stroke - 225kg

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According to Yamaha, their 115 4-stroke weighs 194Kg (Long shaft)
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Looks like the new company will start trading soon. Jason intends to concentrate on bigger RIBs - or so I have been told.

And I don't know any more so no 3rd degree!!!
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Old 19 May 2006, 14:45   #35
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According to Yamaha, their 115 4-stroke weighs 194Kg (Long shaft)
Quite right. You're obviously better at Googling than me!

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No - I just happened to have the brochure open on the right page at the time
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Old 19 May 2006, 15:27   #37
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Guys,
Thanks a million for the posts, its great getting feedback!

The layout I want to go for is Twin Jockeys, with Bench to the rear (Hence the 2 boats im looking at at the moment)

I want a 4stroke because of Economy. I know the likes of Evinrude ETEC's are quite good - unfortunately I don't have much experience with other engines. But something like a 150HP engine just scares me!

I will mainly be using the boat in inland waters. But inland waters can get quite choppy. I want to feel safe if I get caught out in a wind. I will also be using it on salt waters maybe once every 3 weeks, but would only be heading out on a day that I know is calm.

From the things people are saying, i'm guessing the Ribcraft would hold up better.... Lets just take something for example. Say there was a Ribcraft 530 and a Prosport 585 going side by side and a Force 4 wind picked up.... Which would you feel safer in? Deck space is quite important to me, but at the same time I wouldnt mind sacraficing it for a more rigid hull
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Should I be concerned?

Here is a picture of the Prosport... Should this be of concern
You will see on the hull there is some gelcoat missing. The problem is that the hull is blue, so its not just a matter of sticking on some gelcoat filler. Can I get a colour to mix in with it?

The second picture shows the console... Should I be concerned about the hairline crack at the bottom?

Things are looking up for the Ribcraft...
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Yep you can get a colur to mix in with the filler. Chandlers sell a pack of three little toobs of pigment of varying shades of the same colour. The ideais you mix it up until yoiu have a match. Alternatively ask the manufacturer to supply you with a drop of the actual pigment or advise what the pigment make and cat no is.


I'd be interested to know what caused the removal of the Gell coat at the join of the spray rail


Regarding your choice of Boats . I would think after a couple of years the quality of manufacturing would begin to show on the boats choose the one that looks the better made
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Yep you can get a colur to mix in with the filler. Chandlers sell a pack of three little toobs of pigment of varying shades of the same colour. The ideais you mix it up until yoiu have a match. Alternatively ask the manufacturer to supply you with a drop of the actual pigment or advise what the pigment make and cat no is.


I'd be interested to know what caused the removal of the Gell coat at the join of the spray rail


Regarding your choice of Boats . I would think after a couple of years the quality of manufacturing would begin to show on the boats choose the one that looks the better made
The seller says it was like that when he bought it new but didnt notice it. He says its a manuf. fault (the boat is still under warranty) He seems very genuine, had a good chat with both sellers on the phone.. Which sucks because if one of them sounded dodgy I would walk away. The problem is that the Prosport warranty is no good to me as im in Ireland
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