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Old 11 October 2003, 16:10   #1
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Honda 45 4 stroke on 5.5m Rib

I'm thinking of changing my 4m Avon for something a bit bigger say 5 - 5.5m, I would like to keep my outboard though anyone know if this engine would be powerfull enough for that size hull, consider also the weight of 4 divers/kit.

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Old 11 October 2003, 17:22   #2
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i had a 4.8 bombard with a 75hp and it needed it even though the boat was rated for a 60 hp max. i now have a 5.5 with a 100 and with lots of weight i wished i had a little more power.
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Old 11 October 2003, 17:35   #3
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Interesting to see on Honda's web site that they recomend a 50hp for a 5.5m Rib, maybe they mean 2of em
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Old 11 October 2003, 19:07   #4
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Old 12 October 2003, 11:25   #5
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You can never have enough power (until the transom starts falling off) and i would be looking at 100hp + for a 5-5.5mtr boat.

Am selling / have just sold my 18' BWM which was a nice match to the Yam 130 she had.

Why not think about buying another Honda (keep the 1st) 45 and having a nice twin engine set-up? That would be a superb peice of kit???
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He, he... you don't half like your power, Daniel!

About 75hp for a 5m, 90hp for 5.5 should be a good yardstick for reasonable performance - anything more will give you lots of oomph! Just beware that if you go for more oomph, your hull needs to be able to cope with the extra power as over-powered craft can get very difficult to control. And insurance can be difficult to get for over-powered craft.
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no offense daniel but u really havent a clue what your on about.
You can definatly have to much power, consider firstly hull speed, secondly weight. One of my friends has a BWM 18 with a 150hp johnson. 150hp being the absolute max as said by the maker. This is massivly overpowered. It doesnt ride well, it doesnt turn and i dont think he has ever given it full power in his life. Added to that fuel bill of around 600 for a weeks ribbing. Please sound less liek my 11 year old son, overpowered boats are awful.
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Steady on Simmons0... I think Daniel's sea miles speak for themselves - but it's interesting to hear about the Johnson 150 powered BWM - sounds like Daniel's got "Grayswish" on the true limit of power for that hull. I guess that the 150hp Johnson is a V6 VRO and I think that Daniel's is a Yam V4 which would make a big difference to the weight and therefore the handling of two similar hulls.
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I stand by my comment, but shall reword it. There is no such thing as too much power within the limits of the boat (which should be the same as the manufacturers reccomendations) and in sensiable hands.

I deliberatly underengine all the boats for...1) the Sailing Club and the 2) the Sea Scouts because group 1) mostly have no idea what they are doing and group 2)... they only understand stop or go(=full power).

I've owned quite a few boats and, infact, teach lots of peope all about boats every year, so i think i know what i am on about.

A big engine can be as, or even more efficient than a smaller one - for example my last boat would trundle along all day at 25knts, 4000rpm, 30ltrs per hour. My friends boat with a 60hp is flat out to keep up and he eats fuel at about the same rate. The difference is i can make 45knts if i want to (and it's flat enough) and i've bags of power for towing, driving in the rough etc.

With regards to your friends boat i think he should review the set-up. Unless the 150 is substantialy heavier than the (167Kg) Yam 130 then it's either loaded badly, mounted too high / low, not enough offset, or even (as in a previous boat i had) the steering system needs replacing.

I don't know everything, i'm just voicing my opinion and trying to be helpful. I've no more idea of your experience than you have of mine. I'd regret buying a 5m boat and putting a 45 on it.
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the 150hp Johnson is a V6 VRO
Which would make a big difference. The manufacturer would not only reccomend a max HP but weight as well. About 180Kg in the case of the DS18 i think becasue i looked at putting an Optimax 150 on it a year or so ago and decided it would be over the manufacturers max weight!
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