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Old 01 September 2006, 03:09   #1
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Which 6m?

Apologies for another which RIB thread!

Just wanted opinions on a choice I have, 2001 Osprey Vipermax 6.5 + Optimax 150.

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2005 Humber Destroyer 6.0 + Suzuki DF140

Both with same sort of kit, 4 jockeys + console seat, both circa 16000.
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Old 01 September 2006, 03:14   #2
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I take your point, but I was thinking the whole outfit is four years older, and engine done a few hundred more hours.
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Hmm, why not take them both for an extended sea trial and see which one you prefer, not an unreasonable request given the 16k price tag, although I agree with Nugent, the Osprey is a superb hull. Is the Osprey Opti 5 years old? I thought it had a silver engine (Mariner) cover on it at one time?

This may be a differnet boat, not sure:

http://www.hotribs.com/05ribreviews/03osprey/osprey.asp

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Hmm, why not take them both for an extended sea trial and see which one you prefer, not an unreasonable request given the 16k price tag, although I agree with Nugent, the Osprey is a superb hull. Is the Osprey Opti 5 years old? I thought it had a silver engine (Mariner) cover on it at one time?

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I'd like to try them both out, once I can find some time!

The Opti is 5 years old, I don't know of cover change, not sure whether its the same rig, this one is an ex-OCR safety boat.
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I'd like to try them both out, once I can find some time!

The Opti is 5 years old, I don't know of cover change, not sure whether its the same rig, this one is an ex-OCR safety boat.
Have you contacted the people selling the vipermax?

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Depends what you want the RIB for.

For Dive and Safety use the Humber Destroyer.

But Osprey Vipers are much better handling and make a better cruising RIB by far.

Suzuki DF140s are allegedly a bit underpowered (ie not really a 140) but users report good economy. They are quiet, but like most 4-stroke engines they sound a bit sort of asthmatic if you're used to a two-stroke! Mercury Optimaxes are great engines, very good performance and very reasonable economy. Need to be well looked after though. 5 years old doesn't mean much unless you know the total running hours. Some reckon they are a bit noisy, but most owners love the deep growl (and the scream as the prop leaves the water!)

What car do you drive? If you have a Daihatsu Sirion or a PT Cruiser, the Humber's for you!

But of you drive a Scooby or an Evo you will want the Osprey with the Mercury Opti.
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Depends what you want the RIB for.

For Dive and Safety use the Humber Destroyer.

But Osprey Vipers are much better handling and make a better cruising RIB by far.

Suzuki DF140s are allegedly a bit underpowered (ie not really a 140) but users report good economy. They are quiet, but like most 4-stroke engines they sound a bit sort of asthmatic if you're used to a two-stroke! Mercury Optimaxes are great engines, very good performance and very reasonable economy. Need to be well looked after though. 5 years old doesn't mean much unless you know the total running hours. Some reckon they are a bit noisy, but most owners love the deep growl (and the scream as the prop leaves the water!)

What car do you drive? If you have a Daihatsu Sirion or a PT Cruiser, the Humber's for you!

But of you drive a Scooby or an Evo you will want the Osprey with the Mercury Opti.
Are you psychic? I drive a Scooby (which also has a certain growl!).
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Have you contacted the people selling the vipermax?

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Yes, I've been to see it.
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I drive a Scooby (which also has a certain growl!).
Osprey Vipermax powered by an Opti will be perfect foy you then
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