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Old 16 January 2011, 14:49   #11
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fully loaded about 3500rpm and only about 17-18 knots. I remember thinking I've sailed skiffs faster than this!!!!

with just me 5500 rpm plus, 30knots plus

but it nearly always has the whole family on
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Old 16 January 2011, 15:03   #12
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5500 is good for that motor - the rev limiter comes in at 5950rpm.

BUT, if you normally run it heavily loaded, then you need a finer pitch. Need to know what pitch is on there now. It won't be a 23"
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thanks, our forum and PM messages are passing like ships in the night.

I'm going to have to either take a punt or try and find out what pitch the existing prop is. I can't find any markings at all! I wonder if it was some generic after market job the previous owner put on. it is very corroded!
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I was hoping you'd say max rpm 2000 or something ridiculous then we'd know what the number 23 was referring to

What is your definition of fully loaded? With just you it sounds like about the right prop whatever size it is. I'm surprised you're losing that much top end when adding weight, being a 60hp it should cope with a fair bit extra.
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Old 16 January 2011, 17:22   #15
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As i've researched this during the day I now have no idea what the 23 is either!

The prop on it is horribly corroded and certainly doesn't have any part number or pitch stamped on it. I think it must be an aftermarket one.

Downhilldai and I have had a discussion and I'm having a prop off him to try. I'll give that a go and see what's what.

Thanks for all your help folks, this is a really friendly forum.

BTW loaded means the wife and I, two teenage kids and two youngsters plus kit for the day. The problem might be that the other boat is a Boston Whaler Dauntless 180 with a Yamaha 150. It might just be my expectation but when we had a 13 foot Dory and a 25hp o/b as a kid I remember having to move around the boat to get it to plane. Very frustrating and if I can get the Zodiac to pop up more easily I'll be pleased - or I'll be after a bigger RIB!!!!

When I say newb, I've spent my whole life on boats, but this is the first RIB and I've never had to change a prop!
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Old 16 January 2011, 17:48   #17
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I'm not familiar with your boat, so did a search for some images. Is it the same hull as in this post?


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yep, that's it. Very much a leisure boat - nothing 'offshore' about it at all. Still good fun though.
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BTW loaded means the wife and I, two teenage kids and two youngsters plus kit for the day.
As a rough ballpark each adult is approx 80Kg. On a 4m rib, 4 of you will almost double the weight of the hull, and that's before you add fuel!

Sounds like you may want to hang onto your current prop for days you might be asked to help out as a recscue boat (I guess if you sailed skiffs you have contacts in the dinghy world who will inevitably need rescue cover for a big event!)
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Old 17 January 2011, 16:03   #20
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Given the hull profile, I reckon you'll need a 13" or 14" pitch prop on the F60 to get the boat planing comfortably with the typical load you carry. The 15" may be ok if you're single handed.

If, on reflection, you don't want the 15", just let me know.
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