A new RIB for 2005 is looking increasingly likely!
I went to RIBEX yesterday and briefly caught up with the odd RIBnet person - and a few "normal" ones!
I am particularly interested in the 8.5m Scorpion but I was a little disturbed to hear a generally well-imformed person's current thinking on the above engine. Your views would be greatly appreciated.
I was told that the D6 is a lot more expensive than the Yanmar and has too low a power to weight ratio. Also that although an upgrade to 350hp is expected in the Autumn but this too would be insufficient to redress the situation. The impression was that Yanmars are wonderful (this is my interpretation, at least).
In view of the problems with the Bravo 3 drive (I don't know if these persist with the uprated one) and the stories of the block (or is it the head?) cracking on Yanmars, I am beginning to wonder if my source has an axe to grind?
Does anyone have experience of the D6? What do you think?
Is the 350hp more than a rumour? Is 400hp scheduled (which would presumably resolve the power to weight issue) - when? Is it generally quieter than the Yanmar 315hp? Does it have better acceleration? Is it really much more expensive than the Yanmar?
Should I forget about diesel altogether and go for a Yamaha 300 HPDI or a Mercury Vorado 275?
Thank you for your views!
P.S. One boat came over from Holland for the show, using a D6 (might have been 2 engines) - no problems.