Originally Posted by Richard Selman
Looking to replace my trusty Northcraft 5.5 with something around the 7m mark. The osprey vipermax 7 is on my shortlist. Only concern is whether the raised tubes costs in stability terms. I intend to use the boat mainly for longer distance cruises in Scotland (contemplating a round Shetland run) and general thrashing around with the wind in my face (its my motorbike substitute - I like to go out when it is nasty) but occasionally I will use the boat for diving and sailing club rescue duties where stability at rest counts. Also is it noticably more difficult to climb on board from the water (we always dive with drysuits up here - plus the 25kg to 30kg of lead required to make the suit & beer belly sink). Anyone else use a vipermax for these types of activities?
Also the water round Peterhead are cold, rough and lonely. Looking for either a big main (>225 HP) and decent auxilliary (>12 HP) fitted on the transom for immediate use or a pair of decent HP twins (>100 HP each). Yamaha 4 strokes only being considered - they've never let me down. Only pictures I can find are of one main engine. Anyone got any experience (pictures good) of a setup like this? Too much metal on the back?
I have some pictures of the Viper Max 7,5m. On one of them you can see 2 VM 7,5 and both have their tubes touching the water. Maybe that's due to the fact there are 4 persons on each boat ... I’ll try to upload the picture later on today.
Anyway, the tubes are not mounted very high.
If you install twins, even with one person on board, they will touch the water.