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Old 26 July 2004, 07:08   #11
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HI

I used to take 8 divers out in my Osprey 5.95, with the 115 Hp on the back we cound not get it to plane, but with a 150 HP Vmax on the back it went fine, but a bit crowded.

Osprey is like Nick said built like a Brick, you won't do wrong buying an Osprey.

And the Viper range is quiet wide giving a lot of deck space for divers and kit.

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Old 26 July 2004, 08:24   #12
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HI

I used to take 8 divers out in my Osprey 5.95, with the 115 Hp on the back we cound not get it to plane, but with a 150 HP Vmax on the back it went fine, but a bit crowded.

Osprey is like Nick said built like a Brick, you won't do wrong buying an Osprey.

And the Viper range is quiet wide giving a lot of deck space for divers and kit.

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Rene have you sold your Viper?
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Old 26 July 2004, 08:27   #13
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Had an 6m Osprey with a 175Hp Mariner 2 stroke and although it was slightly beamier it handled like a pig. Constantly shipped water over the transom and slow speed straight line stability was rubbish as the hull was relatively shallow V.
I take it it was not a Viper? Whick modle was it?
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Old 26 July 2004, 11:45   #14
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Our club has a 6m+ (never actually measured it, but someone mentioned 6.2m once...might be 6.4m) with a 120 two stroke on the back and it takes 8 divers and kit. It performs quite well with this setup expect for being heavy on fuel. We tend not to take second bottles out. I could imagine anything less than 6m as being a tight fit for eight divers. Keep in mind the internal beam as there are some narrow boats out there.
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Old 26 July 2004, 11:47   #15
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...forgot to mention, it was bought second hand. Then again, there are some handy types in the club here so she was cleaned up nicely at minimum expense.

As I recall, it cost 5k (sterling)...brought in from the England.
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Old 26 July 2004, 12:48   #16
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Dive Ribs is something I know little about so can't speak eruditely. Buying secondhand Ribs is something I do know about so heres my sixpenneth.

You don't want to buy a rib from a dive club (it's likely to have been hammered) but there are many fine rbs out there on the seconhand market.

meke sure the Hull is intact, if it's antifouled and hasn't been kept in the water ask yourself why.

The engine needs to have a service history, if it hasnt sell it on and buy a new one providing you want the hull and the price is cool.

You want the seats to be demountable easily as you are likely to rip em out

you also need to steer clearof the sports makers, scorpion revenger ribeye Falcon etc. Other makes to consider would be Avon. Halmatic, Flatacraft all make very sturdy ribs
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Old 26 July 2004, 15:43   #17
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May i also suggest Ribcraft and Tornado as they are good load carriers and seaworthy boats.
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Old 26 July 2004, 18:44   #18
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You don't want to buy a rib from a dive club (it's likely to have been hammered) but there are many fine rbs out there on the seconhand market.
I agree with this, a club will only sell on a boat for two reasons generally
1. they have a grant to buy a bigger one. OR
2. the old one is knackered and will start costing money to maintain or fix.

The Osprey that was rubbish in our club? Don't know the model type other than it was an Osprey, was 6m long and was bought new around 7-8 years ago and went some years ago.
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Old 27 July 2004, 03:53   #19
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An Eagle at a guess if it has a hard nose, we've got one in our club (5.25?) its a narrow boat for diving with a cluttered floor area. However its eminently seaworthy and goes quite well with 75 on the back.

If you intend to buy the boat on a trailer familiarise yourself with them they are parts dive clubs spend most time sorting out. Make sure its got readily available parts that are cheap some arent knott seals at 4 - 8 each etc etc.
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Old 27 July 2004, 05:23   #20
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Hi Nick

No I havn't sold the Osprey yet, but I am considering it. I have a friend who post here as HAL, he is trying to fix up the boat, as it's been used a lot during the last 4-5 years.

Regarding Tornado, I thougt they where a bit to narrow to be a really good dive rib. I have been out in a around 6 meter, and there is not as much deckspace as the Osprey Viper. In the Viper we cound stuff 8 divers (not muck room left), but in the Tornado only 6 divers and the divegear was just put on top of eachother.

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