First RIB, maiden voyage, first impressions...
Got my first RIB last Saturday. A Valiant VG 400 with Mariner 30 EFI.
Today we went for a small cruise, me, the wife and 2 friends with a child.
Cruised for about one hour up river Tejo. Total cargo was 340 kg.
At WOT we reached 20 knts. I have no idea what fuel consumption was, I gess maybe 4 liters.
This was my very first experience so, everything, from laying the rib on the water to tilting the engine was new.
I have a few questions that may seem 'basic' but ...
1. the engine has manual tilt but no handle to allow for tilting while sitting at the controls. Am I suposed to change tilt while in water?
2. When in idle and stopped, some smoke comes out of the back of the engine thru a small hole. Is this normal?
3. For the total weight pulled is the max speed at a normal value?