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Old 30 April 2007, 10:35   #1
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Zodiac MedlineII or MedlineII compact?

I currently own a JetSki but I would like to buy a zodiac Medline II or Medline II compact. Main goal is to have fun on the water, tubing and wakeboarding. I'll also make little day trips with my family.

The Medline II Compact needs (according to Zodiac) at least a 40hp engine. And it supports max. 115hp. This boat weighs without engine 460kg. This boat is 5.5m long.

The Medline II needs at least a 115hp engine and max a 150hp engine. This boat weighs without engine about 690kg. This boat is 6m long.

I know the Yamaha F115 sucks max 29L/h, the F150 sucks max 59L/h. These are the max consumption rates.

1. Is the Yamaha 4-stroke a good choice, or are the other brands better regarding fuel economy ?
2. Will a Medline II with a 150hp suck more fuel (and how much) than a Medline II Compact with a 115hp engine if you keep them at the same speed


I really don't know what to choose, I would like to play with my tubes and wakeboard (where fuel economy isn't such a problem because I'm tired after 1 hour ;-) , but on the other hand, I do not wish to be broke if I want to cruise with my family for a day ...


Please advise ...
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Old 01 May 2007, 16:37   #2
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I have a Medline II (6M) which is a very comfortable and solid RIB.

However, if I had to choose between the two Medline’s for towing tubes and wakeboarding then I would go for the Compact with a 90 or 115 HP 4 stroke Suzuki.

The compact is a much lighter and more manoeuvrable RIB and you would undoubtedly save on fuel costs.

On the other hand, there is more space on the 6M and it is a very comfortable RIB with loads of storage areas. As a minimum, I would fit a 140 HP 4 stroke to the 6 M.

If you intent to trailer the RIB, then you have to take into consideration the weight factor of both Ribs fully laden. (i.e. Medline II (6M) 690kg plus engine of 200kg plus 200 litres of fuel which is roughly 200 kgs) This means extra work for towing, launching and retrieving.

I hope that you will have good fun with whichever RIB you choose!

Enjoy,

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Old 01 May 2007, 18:39   #3
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Why not look at Ballistic 5.5mtr with 90 etac.

Its a fast plaining hull with good seagoing abilities for inshore according to my studies and there are a few at reasonable money on Ribs for sale or JBT and no I do not work for them but I looked seriously at one but opted for teh larger 6.5 mtr with 140 on the back as I am going off shore.

The 5.5 will go many places and in snotty conditions if having to get home. Its reverse scalloped hull sems to trap air and airate easier providing a pocket of air lift which gets it going and its chining will keep it pointing where you wish better than medline due to its straight line holding.
The Etac sems to be a torquey machine which you need for towing.

Look past Medline is my suggest. If you need to know more then the 70 suzuki (4 Stroke) is very spare with its fuel consumption and will drive the compact with full family. It has a shallow v which will make steering heavier work when towing a skier.

Just my opinion lads, and I do not work for anyone in the industry.
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Old 07 May 2007, 19:13   #4
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Medline II....

....if you ask me - mine is now for sale if you are interested - it can be found on boats and outboards....
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Old 10 May 2007, 11:40   #5
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Re:

The Medline 2 was my choice. The 2 has the massive storage area under the rear sunbed useful for ski's,wakeboards and wetsuits etc..with the radar arch also a useful holding point for skiers when they're on the rear deck. I also prefer the more centralised driving position rather than feeling you're right at the back of the boat. The overall design seems to work very well and i've had no complaints after a year of ownership. However if it's an "out and out" rib you want then the Medline is less suited to wake jumping at 30+knots, and more to cruising low 20s to its anchorage, where once there it excells over other ribs.
The compact is no doubt an excellent compromise, but for me the 2 was just worth going that extra step further for.
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Old 11 May 2007, 07:34   #6
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It's the II

Tomorrow my new Medline II will arrive !
Thanks for all your input
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Old 11 May 2007, 18:23   #7
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Tomorrow my new Medline II will arrive !
Thanks for all your input
What engine have you chosen?

Be sure and post some pics!

Enjoy,

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Old 30 May 2007, 07:06   #8
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Impressions of Medline II

I have 3 hours on the counter now.

It is fitted with the F150 Yamaha. But I think it needs some adjustment.

1. The steering is very stiff. I mean, at full speed you cannot turn the steering wheel, it looks like it's fixed. Do other Medline II owners also have this problem ?

2. There is a lot of water "around" the engine, at speed the water jumps up to half the height of the engine ! I don't think this is normal behaviour.

3. It also has the "chine-walk" syndrome if there isn't a lot of fuel in the tank @ full speed.

The store where I bought it, says they will lift the engine a bit and that should solve all my problems ...

Does anyone experience with these problems ?

I'll post some pics later on ...
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Old 01 June 2007, 19:15   #9
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Before you try anything else you have to raise the engine.

The Medline II is a fantastic RIB - I hope that you get the problems sorted out!

Then, may the sun shine!

Regards,

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Old 02 June 2007, 15:07   #10
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Hi,

I have the same set-up as you and i don't experience the problems 1.) and 2.) . I do experience chine-walking above 35 knots in a flat sea and sometimes it's quite severe but i rarely travel that speed so i have not bothered re-balancing the boat or trying any other measures to counter it.

Good luck with the boat
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