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Old 15 August 2016, 05:29   #11
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That Ribtec looks tidy. Twin engines offer you much more reassurance in the event of a breakdown. The 585 is a great hull. Only downside is the trailer isn't included.
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As most marine ply and glassed over, very well built
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Thanks Nick. It does seem to have a very wide deck. Lots of options.

The ribcraft is 6k with trailer. They are all nice boats, too much choice !
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Thoughts on Osprey 5.7 please

Buy your own trailer, and go for the Ribtec? However the Humber seems to be the best kitted out. Probably get more for your money from the Humber.
From reading around all are good boats seems it would just be personal preference? The viper does not look like it had the most loving owner. The Avon looks nice but it's probably had the most use then again Avons can usually take the most abuse.

Make your decision based on condition of the engines year/hours?
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If you are happy running twins with the added cost of maintenance + happy with rather under powered performance to my mind the the Ribtec
I would try and do a deal on the Viper have fun with it and maybe look to getting a newer engine as and when funds are available
This is what I did with mine the photos with the old Jonson where when I bought it looking very sad for her self Lots of TLC and a 150 hp Opti and she was so much fun
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My Viper 5.25 went from ugly duckling (in my eyes) to this, and still not finished, but probably way too much money thrown at her tbh, but hey ho, I don't plan on selling her. Yet ! (Still running with the original 100hp 2 stroke.) Pic from today. They're solid hulls built by a fiberglass magician so can always be brought back to life ! As long as tubes are sound, then everything else not as expensive to renew / replace as and when.

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Thoughts on Osprey 5.7 please

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Had an Viper 5.75 as my first rib great boats so much more room in them than a SR wide deck, great sea boat very forgiving with some TLC that would be a very nice Rib



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Wow, 150 on a 5.75, bet that shot out of the water!

Was that within the max allowed?
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So the Avon seems to be a good winner with a good price tag. That engine looks to be a 2010 70hp.

The Ribtec engines are supposed 2012?? If they are 2012s then it's a good deal I think.

The osprey engine could be as old as the early 90s but suzuki kept their color scheme around a long time could be a 2000 as well.

The Humber I have no idea. But it's expensive right.

So between all these boats I think the Avon is the best bang for ya buck.
Again what do I know...
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Wow, 150 on a 5.75, bet that shot out of the water!

Was that within the max allowed?
Yep went like s.t off a stick and yes it was rated to 150hp
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The Ribtec engines are supposed 2012?? If they are 2012s then it's a good deal I think.
Unless they were bought for a safety boat or racing, they can't be 2012 as 2 strokes haven't been sold to the public since 2006/2007ish.

Realistically, twins=twice the servicing costs, twice as much to go wrong and I'd expect the boat to be no faster with 2x40hp than if it had a single 60hp on, but with the fuel consumption of an 80hp.
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