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Old 11 September 2011, 08:20   #1
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evinrude 50 vro

New to ribs and have bought a narwahl 4.5mtr,it has had a aluminium extention to the transom which i assume it to enable a longshaft to be fitted main use will be lake with some river and possibly local bay work around brid and scarborough, i am looking for a engine and have chance of a evinrude vro 50hp what thoughts from experienced ribbers please
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They have been around since the year dot. The weak link is the VRO system, if it fails the engine is starved of 2 stroke oil and goes bang. Some most folk seem to eventually remove the VRO and use premix. There were premix versions shipped new as well.

However, I think the Evinrude, the marine and the Yamaha 2 cylinder engines share a lot of similarities, indeed we had a Yam 55 with a Evinrude engine cover for a while.

These 2 cylinder engines were produced in 50, 55 and 60 hp versions at one time or another.

Would I buy one? yes if it ran well but bear in mind they only have 2 cylinders so won't run as smoothly as a car engine, the condition is good and the price is right. Worth taking a compression tester along to check that both cylinders are similar. We had a pull start version which was hard work, the electric start version would be a bonus.

It would be a good sized engine for a 4.5m rib. We had one on a Humber Alpha 5m with 4 divers and kit and it would plane.

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Cheers Pete my only problem is that the engine i have seen is on e-bay and is in the devon area and i am up north in hull as a newbie to boats i am grateful for any advice my idea is to stick to a budget to get wet for the first time and run through the winter then look for a better package in the spring of next year
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That better package in the spring is going to cost you as everyone decides they want a rib in the spring. Great time to sell, but I would suggest the bes time to buy is Oct - Jan when its cold and money is short.

Can't see a 50hp but there is a 40hp version which would do you.

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crap my eyes really are bad lol yes its a 40 package being sold in ilfracome a long way to go to look at it but there seems to be a poor selection up this way we are not serviced by as many outlets as the south coast,i realise the spring is the wrong time to buy really but will start looking around
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Keep an eye out for something like this:

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Cheers thats just about what i am after
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