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Old 24 November 2013, 14:34   #1
Country: Canada
Town: Gimli
Make: Zodiac 480dl
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Nov 2013
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Engin for Zodiac 480dl

I am looking for any recommendations for engin size for a yachtline 480 dl.
Specs say max 75 and min 50. Normal use will be 2-4 adults. I suspect the 50 will be too little but would appreciate any experience of thoughts on 60 vs 75.
I am looking at the e-techs. Coastguard here uses them on their fleet of rescue Ribs and highly recommend them.

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Old 25 November 2013, 07:37   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Cambs
Make: Scorpion
Length: 8m +
Engine: 225 Opti
Join Date: Sep 2010
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My first rib was a 480 yacht line with F60 merc. I would go as big as you can as the performance was pretty poor.

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Old 25 November 2013, 10:36   #3
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Town: Lima-Peru
Boat name: Nautile
Make: Sea Rider Boats
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 18 /30 HP
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Max rated engines are for max rated passegers capacity as stated on tech plate. That rib is rated for a 75 HP "max" engine to transport 9 passengers. If transporting 2-4 adults a 50/60 Hp will suit you well, you can even go for a prop maximization to deliver near top rpm if required for better overall rib performance.

For instance my rib is rated for a 40 HP to transport 7 passengers, currently using a 18 HP to transport neatly just 3 passengers throughout the whole throttle range.

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