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Old 09 February 2014, 14:31   #11
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I had a RC585 with a single 175 2 stroke on the back, I now have a RC6.4 with twin 115 etecs (2 strokes). The 6.4 with the twins is heavy on the back end & you need to balance the boat to get the best out of it. I have twin batteries up front in the console & twin fuel tanks. If the boat you're looking at was originally fitted for a single, chances are it will have the cutaway transom & could be problematic fitting twins. My 585 used to take a fair amount of water over the stern when we had divers onboard. Twins would be worse, the 175 engine was the same block as the 135/150, so the same weight.

Personally I'd stick to the single 150/175, check the rating plate, they DO vary.

PS, the 585 with the 175 2s was FUN!!!
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Old 09 February 2014, 14:32   #12
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IMHO, the single Merc 150

...based on my experience over some of the RI2013.
I agree with Willk ...single engine over twins.
doing Round Britain you will be crusing with a bunch of people so you would get a tow if you have an engine failure.
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Old 09 February 2014, 14:59   #13
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Not sure which size...model your referring too 'CGL'.One thing I am Sure of though!..Going down the Google trip about ANY engine will show up many people with their 'issues' on ALL MArques!..try it if you don't believe me..
.FAR better IMO to ask a few people in the Trade who you can trust that have direct and comparative experience if you have limited experience yourself..I have a few who repair and indeed supply a wide range of Outboards..and I'm certainly more than happy with my DF 250
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Old 09 February 2014, 15:01   #14
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There is an emerging issue on these with the water pump. Might be worth a google before any purchase. Chris
It will be a Merc.

Any boat also needs a "life after RB14" so this combined with comments from a few who did RI13 means single 150 looking likely.

The boat I have in mind is an old one and no transom markings / ratings. I'll speak to ribcraft this week but I very much doubt I could go larger than a 150 4 stroke. I've been thinking the transom might want some reinforcement to accommodate this - no real reason except that it's was probably built with a 150 2 stroke in mind !!
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Oh, and yes the shape of the transom is suited to a single engine, not an obstacle to twins but less work involved is another pro for a big single engine.
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It will be a Merc.

Any boat also needs a "life after RB14" so this combined with comments from a few who did RI13 means single 150 looking likely.

The boat I have in mind is an old one and no transom markings / ratings. I'll speak to ribcraft this week but I very much doubt I could go larger than a 150 4 stroke. I've been thinking the transom might want some reinforcement to accommodate this - no real reason except that it's was probably built with a 150 2 stroke in mind !!
I was wondering why your not doing it with the Ribtec?
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It kind of seams like cheating.

All those wee open boats and me in a 9m cabin rib with suspension seats and a kettle ???

Isn't it supposed to be the round Brittan challenge? LOL
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It kind of seams like cheating.

All those wee open boats and me in a 9m cabin rib with suspension seats and a kettle ???

Isn't it supposed to be the round Brittan challenge? LOL
Cheating!?
..You May change your mind about that after a few Hundred Miles
I know the 'Intents' trip around Britain for Charity with one other RIB were originally going to use a R.C.585..,they changed to 6.8
In fact They did a Video Diary you may find of interest.
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It kind of seams like cheating.

All those wee open boats and me in a 9m cabin rib with suspension seats and a kettle ???

Isn't it supposed to be the round Brittan challenge? LOL

Nah! it's only cheating if you fail to complete, get towed in, trailer to the next stage & then claim you won
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Nah! it's only cheating if you fail to complete, get towed in, trailer to the next stage & then claim you won
Yer can't cheat if it's not a race!
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