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Old 11 May 2021, 06:34   #1
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Hi All
Just a quick post to say hello to introduce myself to the forum.
I'm Gary from Bangor, County Down, N.Ireland.
This is my first boat (F-RIB 430 with Suzuki 15HP 4 Stroke and an ORCA 2.5HP Auxiliary (from Boatworld).
I have been using this setup for a year now on the beautiful Lough Neagh and hopefully will build up enough confidence to venture out to sea which is literally on my doorstep! I probably need to source some sort of Anchor and a PLB before I would even attempt it.(Any advice on this would be great)!

I have been taking inspiration from Donny Wilcox (Youtube) who has been zipping round all Western Scotland and would love to make similar journeys around the North Irish Coast.

Iím looking forward to speaking with all you knowledgeable RIB owners.

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Old 11 May 2021, 07:03   #2
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Welcome to the forum Gary. Nice setup you have and I guess that Frib with its efficient hull goes well with that outboard.

You certainly are taking inspiration from the right guy in Donny.

Have you run the small Orca much... what are your thoughts on it?
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Old 11 May 2021, 07:33   #3
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Hi Fenlander
Thanks, yes it seems I'm spoiled for a first setup! I have nothing to compare it to but it zips along with 1 or 2 up no problem.
TBH I bought the ORCA at the end of last year in lockdown and have only 'broke it in' last week using a plastic wheelie bin. It looks exactly like a Yamaha 2.5 clone that has been made in China. It was half the cost so only time if it has paid off! First impressions are very good, it is of solid build and starts on the first pull. I will probably replace all the serviceable parts with official Yamaha ones as the opportunity presents itself.
I will keep you posted if you are interested. I bought as a backup especially for sea travel that I hoping to attempt shortly. I looked at electric trolling options but thought this was a better option all round. It is very light and has built in tank so it is ready to go!
If I can achieve to clock up even 50% of the miles the 'Guppy' has done I will die a happy man

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Old 11 May 2021, 07:50   #4
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The Orca info is just for general interest really as there is very little true experience of these budget motors on here... just hearsay which is all I have to go on when others ask about them. A member here has just bought one in the 8hp size so we may start to get a build up of opinions based on experience.

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Old 11 May 2021, 11:27   #5
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Hi. Welcome

Nice setup youíve got there Gary. You definitely need to get out to sea in it.

Donnyís videos also inspired me and got me into boating on the West coast. Watch a few of my videos when youíve watched all of Donnyís (link in signature).

Ribnet has a trip coming up in August if youíd like to join us? Itís just a weekend and will be suitable for people new to the hobby.

Scottish Sib Outing 2021
https://www.rib.net/forum/f18/scottish-sib-outing-2021-a-86034.html

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Old 11 May 2021, 14:12   #6
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Hi Gary welcome I did a new build thread of my excel 435 lots of stuff on there that might help

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