Petrol outboards replace diesel inboards

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.

Used as safety boats to support work on the Forth Rail
Bridge, the new fast craft perform a vital service transferring crew
and stores from ships on the Forth.

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

"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

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."