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Old 15 October 2007, 12:55   #1
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Just got the tubes fitted - looking good. Just waiting for the trailer now (inc. disc brakes - will report back on whether the extra dosh was worth it). Hope to get it in two weeks. This winter will be spent working step by step through Andy's build thread - many thanks Andy.

Would like to power it with an 250 HP Etec but the nearest dealer is >4 hours away on the west coast. Yamaha agents in Aberdeen (local), Inverness (2h) and Dundee (2h) so looks like its a F250.
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Old 15 October 2007, 14:05   #2
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Nice colour Richard
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Old 15 October 2007, 14:42   #3
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Well done Richard, glad to see that you went for a Vipermax in the end. Now the fun begins
Are you going to keep us informed of progress?
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What are the attributes of a Vipermax that makes them a good RIB?
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What are the attributes of a Vipermax that makes them a good RIB?
Probably no better than some not as good as others, and better than a few, depends on what youve spent your pennies on

They seem to attract a lot of DIY rigging and Im not sure how many suppliers will supply bare hull etc but Im sure well soon find out
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Would like to power it with an 250 HP Etec but the nearest dealer is >4 hours away on the west coast.


After fitting it you should'nt see him for 3 years
4hours seems a small price to pay
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Depends on what you are looking for. The DIY aspect was not part of the equation for me. What interested me the most was the ride and handling characteristics of the hull. Have to admit that I did not try a Scorpion when I was looking, outside of my price range and they do not make one short enough for me, but of the 6.5 metre hulls that I did try, the Vipermax gave the softest ride and was the most sure footed in moderate to heavy seas (IMHO). They are not the fastest of hulls in calm conditions, but you pays your money and takes your choice
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Depends on what you are looking for. The DIY aspect was not part of the equation for me. What interested me the most was the ride and handling characteristics of the hull. Have to admit that I did not try a Scorpion when I was looking, outside of my price range and they do not make one short enough for me, but of the 6.5 metre hulls that I did try, the Vipermax gave the softest ride and was the most sure footed in moderate to heavy seas (IMHO). They are not the fastest of hulls in calm conditions, but you pays your money and takes your choice
I would second Ian's comments, just a superb handling hull that really looked after us when we were out in heavy seas. Gave a real secure feeling.

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Lovelly looking boat Richard - do keep us informed of both the decision with o/board and how she handles once she's on the water. Have to admit that I'm now really green with envy having seen both this one and the progress of the Blue Venom project

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@Richard, nice setup! I'm the owner for three years now from the same setup (all a little more backwards) and I'm very pleased with her.
It's equiped with a Yam 200 Vmax HPDI and doing about 45 knots. The shaft however from a Vmax is a little bit shorter than a regular one so I have to trim back all I've got even in a short turn. If I had known that I should have bought an ob with a longer shaft.
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