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Old 17 October 2006, 14:26   #1
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maximum engine rating advice

I was wondering if anyone could answer me a question that i keep getting different opinions on. I am looking at buying a new engine for my rib. The rib has a maximum rating of 100hp or 175kgs. Is this just an over precaution from a manufacturer or a definite maximum. I have a contact that has a 115hp mariner optimax for sale soon and the book weight on this 175kgs. I obviously like the best performance hence why i have purchased a rib! I'd appreciate other peoples comments and maybe some of you have put larger motors on your ribs than you should.

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Old 17 October 2006, 14:33   #2
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Remember insurance companies will find any reason to avoid paying out in the event of an accident. Personally, I wouldn't take the risk... but then I do wear a belt AND braces!

Read your post again. I'm not sure whether the manufacturer's recommendation is weight AND hp or one OR the other. If I were you, I'd contact Valiant to find out and if it is the latter, get it in writing then get the 115 lump!
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Good point. Insurance! I'm yet to sort that out as the boat has not arrived yet but i hadn't thought of that. I will look into that now. Thanks for your thoughts.
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