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Old 09 September 2014, 14:08   #11
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Its got Oars - would that actually paddle ?

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Old 09 September 2014, 14:52   #12
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I have owned both outboard and diesel ribs.

Forgetting the cost of purchase and fuel saving variables for a moment, the one thing I would say separates the diesels and the outboards is whether you want a set up that can be used and abused and forgotten about (to a degree) or one that will require your fettling and showing an interest. To explain:-

The guys in my boatyard with outboards don't worry about the alternator belts or the oil levels in fact they don't ever take the cover off the outboard and leave that to the engineers when they service them once a year. I was exactly the same and modern outboards are that good nowadays you can do that.

Now I have diesel I check the levels every weekend, I look at the belts, remove all water from the engine bay after the weekend to limit condensation,grease all cables regularly and generally fettle so the engine bay looks like it just left the factory. I also change the gear oil on the outdrive every 50 hours so it doesn't blow up as I know the engine will chew it up if I don't.

Mmm - I have made the diesel sound look like the bad option - but truth is I would not go back to outboards now - I can't afford the fuel for one thing!

So if part of your love of boating includes fettling then the diesel can work - if you want 100% flat out time on the water then maybe the outboard is better.

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Old 09 September 2014, 16:01   #13
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Originally Posted by Jimbob View Post
There are two cabin ribs, one with 240hp diesel (60hrs) and the other with two Suzuki 140 hp (200hs), both have full service records, which one would you choose?
Have you sea trialled both of them?
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Old 09 September 2014, 16:55   #14
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Originally Posted by Trimix View Post
Its got Oars - would that actually paddle ?

Probably not but that's how stupid the coding rules are. But I do have a smaller rib that goes with it. I would say have it surveyed if you're unsure. I haven't much service history with mine. Not because it doesn't get done but because it gets looked after 24/7 and nothing ever gets left till later. Look at the boats carefully. If everything has a place. Like spares. Anchor. Cleaning gear. Flares. First aid. Etc. you can bet it a good boat

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