Following reliability problems with their inboard diesel engine, Calypso Marine decided to re-engine a 9 metre cabin Ribcraft with twin Suzuki 200 hp outboards and to purchase a new 7.8 metre Ribcraft with twin Suzuki 150 hp outboards.
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The decision to replace inboard diesel with outboard engines was due to a number of factors, according to Calypso’s joint owner, Stuart Taylor, who said:
"We had difficulty working with the existing diesel engine – we are commercial operators and can’t afford to have the boat out of service. With the new outboards we could change an engine in a few hours in the event of a major failure, compared to three or four days of downtime for the inboard engine."
He added, "The new Suzuki engines are much quieter and less smoky than the diesel inboard. A major advantage is the added working deck space inside the boat without the big inboard engine box."
Ribcraft Sales Manager, Jason Purvey, said: "Durability and reliability are the top priorities for this sector of the market and Suzuki are our first choice of outboard motor for our commercial customers. The competitive price, back-up from Suzuki and two-year commercial warranty form a package that really speaks for itself.
"We have fitted many of Suzuki’s engines in a whole range of commercial applications from 12-seater passenger-carrying boats used for eco-tourism, to harbour patrol boats and charter boats."
Suzuki Marine’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Richard Whittaker, commented, "Calypso Marine’s experience underlines the compelling reasons as to why commercial users can benefit from using modern fuel injected 4-stroke outboards. Suzuki’s 4-stroke outboards are compact, quiet and fuel-efficient, making them ideal for working boats."