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Old 27 July 2012, 14:35   #1
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What to buy? For North Sea rocket work

Hi all

For a few years our rocket society has been picking up our launched rockets in the North Sea with our Zodiac Hurricane 4.8 meter RIB, but it really is too small with its 50 HP outboard. Now we are considering buying something more rugged but what?

A diesel inboard engine with lots of power would be nice and a length of 6-7 meters to be safe in the sea. But we need to tow it on the road and preferably to launch it directly from the beach. A jet drive might be useful to avoid damage to the screw.

I have thought about a Halmatic Pacific 22 but nothing is set in stone.

Any ideas?

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Old 27 July 2012, 14:43   #2
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What's your budget, you seem to be "aiming high"
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Old 27 July 2012, 14:47   #3
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What's your budget, you seem to be "aiming high"
Sorry, forgot. Budget is as low as possible ;-)

We might be ready to spend up to 8-10 thousand pounds if the package was good enough, i.e. included instruments, a good trailer etc. We realize that we will not get anything flashy for that price but rugged is more important.

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Sorry, forgot. Budget is as low as possible ;-)

We might be ready to spend up to 8-10 thousand pounds if the package was good enough, i.e. included instruments, a good trailer etc. We realize that we will not get anything flashy for that price but rugged is more important.

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Unless you are VERY lucky, I doubt that you will find anything in the inboard diesel/6-7m/jet drive/ reasonable condition range that will fit your budget. You either need to lower your spec or raise your budget by a factor of around 3
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The move from Zodiac to Pac is a big step. Be aware that the Pac & Trailer is going to weigh well over 2.5 tonnes (I'm guessing this based on 1600kg for the basic Pac, 0.5 tonnes for the trailer and 0.5 tonnes of fuel and assorted crap)
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Unless you are VERY lucky, I doubt that you will find anything in the inboard diesel/6-7m/jet drive/ reasonable condition range that will fit your budget. You either need to lower your spec or raise your budget by a factor of around 3
Actually its not quite so ridiculous. This is a very well known PAC22 on here: Pacific 22 (Old Spice) £11995 ono that has an upgraded engine and modernised console. Whist this is a bit more original: Pacific 22 - 1991 - £7995

A Pac won't give you great speed (even the 'uprated' ones struggle to get 30 knots) but will give you incredible sea keeping.

Probably not so easy with a jet drive - but unless you are usually working in very shallow water, or with people around you in the water or need incredible manoeuvrability its probably not worth the extra cost (in purchase or fuel). A depth finder and chart plotter would be a cheaper way of avoiding the bottom!

However with that budget I think you'd find it easier to get something with an outboard.
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Actually its not quite so ridiculous. This is a very well known PAC22 on here: Pacific 22 (Old Spice) £11995 ono that has an upgraded engine and modernised console. Whist this is a bit more original: Pacific 22 - 1991 - £7995

A Pac won't give you great speed (even the 'uprated' ones struggle to get 30 knots) but will give you incredible sea keeping.

Probably not so easy with a jet drive - but unless you are usually working in very shallow water, or with people around you in the water or need incredible manoeuvrability its probably not worth the extra cost (in purchase or fuel). A depth finder and chart plotter would be a cheaper way of avoiding the bottom!

However with that budget I think you'd find it easier to get something with an outboard.
Fair do's AND the price has dropped on Old Spice.
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One of them is a JetDrive. Looks fine to me but then I am not a pro ;-)
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One of them is a JetDrive. Looks fine to me but then I am not a pro ;-)
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Hey "RocketDyne" - don't be fooled by the term "Jet", in this context it means 30% slower than plain old Prop driven
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