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Old 01 September 2006, 16:45   #21
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I'd recommed this one....

RIBTEC 585 C/W Merc Optimax 135

How have you found your Optimax to be? I've been reading one or two horror stories about the early ones!
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Old 01 September 2006, 16:58   #22
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Get Hugh and Phil Chitty to turn up and that'll be most of the Vipermai in the country.
Seems weird, everyone seems keen on convincing me about a boat that actually not many people own!
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Old 01 September 2006, 17:25   #23
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Seems weird, everyone seems keen on convincing me about a boat that actually not many people own!
I always thought it odd that despite the numbers they made there are very few on the market at anyone time. I enjoyed the 5.25m Viper, easy to tow and way above the opposition when introduced in 92. The 5.95m however is the one rib that I really regret selling. Just a superb boat in the rough stuff and when you realised that you shouldn't be there she would take you safely home.

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Old 01 September 2006, 18:11   #24
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Seems weird, everyone seems keen on convincing me about a boat that actually not many people own!
There's goog reason for that. Osprey have gone through troubled times. The previous owner of the business was putting prices up to ridiculous levels to support his other failing business. Eventually his businesses collspsed and Osprey UK was sold. The new owners Roy and Dave are great guys building the UK business back up with the same high quality laminations but more sensible pricing. Osprey in Belgium have been unaffected by this, and have continued to sell large numbers of their RIBs throughout Europe, particularly the Scandanavian countries.

I assume Mollers' comment about all the Vipermax owners was not meant not to be taken litterally! There are more Vipermax around, and there are more 7m 8m and 9m hulls around, although some are Lynx rather than Vipermax. Pete7 can tell you more about the different hull shapes as well. UK owners can pride themselves on being a minority band of connoisseurs, and like good chocolate and good gassed beer, the greater number may be found in Belgium.
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Old 02 September 2006, 04:02   #25
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You are correct Richard except that the new owners is Roy and Dave, since many years back its owned by Brugge Marine Center in Belgium and Roy and Dave is distributor in the UK and as i can se and hear they are very nice guys and doing a great job as you say.
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I assume Mollers' comment about all the Vipermax owners was not meant not to be taken litterally!
No, not to be taken literally. The three boats I mentioned are all 6.5's, there are plenty of 7's and 7.5's around. I'm pretty sure that a couple of my boating buddies will be seriously in the market for Vipermax in the near future.
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Old 02 September 2006, 13:40   #27
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Thanks for all the comments, all very interesting stuff (and good for helping me justify this purchase too!)
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i would say the osprey would be a better handling and fun boat which is probably much better built but i suspect you would need to see both in real life to make that decision.

Most people agree that ospreys ride better than near anything in their class and i always get people coming over to me commenting my boat and how it rides and handles

strong consideration for you is that the opti will be out of warranty and the other boat package should/may still be in warranty

my advice, if you can afford it, go for a new osprey with engine in warranty

and i can vouch optis sould superb
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Old 04 September 2006, 07:22   #29
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i would say the osprey would be a better handling and fun boat which is probably much better built but i suspect you would need to see both in real life to make that decision.

Most people agree that ospreys ride better than near anything in their class and i always get people coming over to me commenting my boat and how it rides and handles

strong consideration for you is that the opti will be out of warranty and the other boat package should/may still be in warranty

my advice, if you can afford it, go for a new osprey with engine in warranty

and i can vouch optis sould superb
The boat itself is in excellent condition so the slight unknown is the engine. I have seen it start and run just find and it didn't make any bad noises. Also it has a full service history. I haven't had experience with this type of motor before but am hoping that the fact it has done 3 - 400 hours is a sign that there isn't too much fundamentally wrong with it. I am finding it difficult to get an overall picture of peoples experiences with these engines of this sort of age though.

I am thinking that absolute worst case I end up having to replace the engine at some stage, I could do this and still wouldn't have spent what a complete new outfit would cost, so am tempted to take the risk.
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The boat itself is in excellent condition so the slight unknown is the engine. I have seen it start and run just find and it didn't make any bad noises. Also it has a full service history. I haven't had experience with this type of motor before but am hoping that the fact it has done 3 - 400 hours is a sign that there isn't too much fundamentally wrong with it. I am finding it difficult to get an overall picture of peoples experiences with these engines of this sort of age though.

I am thinking that absolute worst case I end up having to replace the engine at some stage, I could do this and still wouldn't have spent what a complete new outfit would cost, so am tempted to take the risk.
The Viper is the better choice by far. ( Not biased in any way!!)
Really pleased with mine as a fair weather and foul weather RIB.

It'll go well with the 150 opti. Good combination.
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