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Old 08 October 2005, 22:08   #21
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economy is goood
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Old 09 October 2005, 11:45   #22
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Honda 90 economy

Overall we're geting about 1mile per litre, running at full throttle. Think honda quote 29 l/hr at full throttle, but our (pretty accurate) fuel meter shows that as being closer to 26l/hr at 6000rpm, regardless of sea state!!
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Old 10 October 2005, 03:59   #23
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Jon,
We shall have the Scouts 5.85 down at Whitstable this weekend doing a level 2 course. You may have seen it around, -twin 50 Honda's . Its a very good boat if a tiny bit underpowered.

Anyway, one thing to concider for your budding skippers is that they can see over the console. Its quite high and is not something everyone thinks of checking.

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Hi Swifty

Had a nose at the boat yesterday.
I do like the set up, very nice.

Thanks for the nod re the high consol, I will keep that in mind.

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Old 11 October 2005, 03:38   #24
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Well having spent some of the weekend looking into this project I have decided to give this particular venture a miss.
The Rib I was looking at was in kit form and the asking price too high!

So back to the drawing board but I think the Ribcraft will stay high on my options list!

Am visiting Ribcraft tomorrow for a dealer visit, although I think a new one is a def no go!!

Once agan thanks for all the advice and pointers.

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Old 03 November 2005, 10:12   #25
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The 5.85 is a great RIB. Handles better than some other larger RIBs I've been in. In my experience, the 5.85 with a Honda 90 4 stroke tops out at about 35 knots with 3 pob's. In most cases this is all the power you need.

More power may be needed by the professional users, but watch out for the weight of the larger engines. I still prefer the 90HP.
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Old 04 November 2005, 07:46   #26
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My R/C 585 has been fantastic family fun for three seasons now - water ski-ing, fishing, trips to the beach etc etc.... True, there have been many occasions when I would like to have had a tad more power. 35 kts with the Mercury 90 4 stroke is probably optimistic. My best ever with 2 adults and 2 children, GPS average uptide and down is 31 kts. Having said that, I do ship an anchor that would hold an aircraft carrier, and 15m of chain to hold it on the bottom. Only thing I would say, is watch the weight on the transom. I have the rear bench seat, and the console correspondingly set forward. also a 4.5 hp auxiliary on the transom, and all this can set her down by the stern more than a trifle. I do not know the weight of it, but the 140hp Suzuki 4 stroke makes a very neat installation and would be my choice if I could afford to replace the engine.
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Old 05 November 2005, 08:00   #27
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Ben,

I agree. The 35 knots from my experience was with two pob's and a Honda 90 4 stroke. Double center console, two pods, no bench. (I prefer the open deck aft)

How does the auxiliary fit on the transom? Is it a bit cramped, or does it work well? I've only seen pictures. I'm considering it for my RC.
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Old 05 November 2005, 08:54   #28
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do you guys prefer windshields or no windshields? i ordered mine without one because the standard RC one is huge and i thought it might slow down the boat a little plus my last one got a little foggy and unclear to see out of when it got wet. (i kno kinda random questoin sry)
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Old 05 November 2005, 14:35   #29
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i was out in mine today in a force 5 with quite bad rain - and i was really thankfull of my screen when travelling into wind - just tucked down behind it...
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Old 05 November 2005, 14:59   #30
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I have heard of waves causing them to shatter and injure the driver so a lot depends on how they are made/fitted as well.
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