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Old 28 August 2005, 02:45   #11
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prices are still around 2.50 USD per gallon here...its about 5 USD per Gallon in europe according to my fam in Greece
Try nearer 5!! especially when bought on the water, around the $8 mark.That's in the UK.
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Old 28 August 2005, 05:04   #12
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why not go for the Evinrude E-Tec 115 or 130? great power, reasonable on fuel and rather light.
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Old 28 August 2005, 05:13   #13
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forgot to add..my only real concern is rough water capability. Im not gonna get anything lower than a 115 because i do want to be able to open it up on a nice calm day and fly but on those rough days we get around here i dont want to be landing stern heavy each time....Sand bag in the bow help? lol
If its weight you are worried about then heres some info that you may find usefull.

Honda 90hp = 169kg = 0.533hp/kg
Honda 115hp = 225kg = 0.511hp/kg
Honda 130hp = 225kg = 0.578hp/kg
Honda 150hp = 220kg = 0.682hp/kg

Suzuki 90hp = 189kg = 0.476hp/kg
Suzuki 115hp = 189kg = 0.608hp/kg
Suzuki 140hp = 186kg = 0.752hp/kg
Suzuki 150hp = 211kg = 0.710hp/kg

Optimax 90hp = 170kg = 0.529hp/kg
Optimax 115hp = 170kg = 0.676hp/kg
Optimax 135hp = 195kg = 0.692hp/kg
Optimax 150hp = 195kg = 0.769hp/kg

So if you want a 90hp i reckon honda is the way to go.
At the 115hp level The Opti wins it.
At the 140hp mark Suzuki wins being lighter than the 130/135 offerings from the others.
But the outright winner is the 150 Optimax.

So I would say you have a choice between The Optimax 150 or the Suzuki 140 or the 115 Opti depending if you want ultra quiet / ultra efficient or you want the maximum power to weight ratio you can possibly get or the lightest engine you can possible get. I cant speak for the fuel economy of these fuel injected 2 strokes - i understand they are pretty good these days.
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Old 28 August 2005, 05:23   #14
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why not go for the Evinrude E-Tec 115 or 130? great power, reasonable on fuel and rather light.
I cant find specs for the new 115 and 130 e-tecs yet.

E-tec 90hp = 145kg = 602hp/kg

which does make it the best 90hp out of the ones i compared above.
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Old 28 August 2005, 08:32   #15
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hmm ill try to see if i can smack a 115 opti on the back of it...150 seems to overpowered for a 5.85 meter boat dont you think?
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Old 28 August 2005, 09:50   #16
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My first question is why Honda I would go for a bigger lump ie 15 or 135

I know a couple of guys with the 150 Optis and they are troublesome so i would consider a 135 opti.

Does the honda cary a five year warranty i America
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Old 28 August 2005, 09:50   #17
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hmm i just called the guy for pricing and it seems Honda is the best choice for my price range with all the stuff im adding to the boat. He also said a Honda 90 is the perfect match for the boat, but what will the performance stats be like? I want to be able to go fairly fast on those nice flat days and its nice and light at 169kg compared to the 115 (225kg). Will the 115 go significantly faster than the 90? Thanks a bunch
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Old 28 August 2005, 09:59   #18
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150 seems to overpowered for a 5.85 meter boat dont you think?
No that seems about right!! Seriously though with the 115 you should be happy enough, I find I only scare myself stupid with the extra 35hp from the V6 lump.

As you've said its rough water capability you're looking for and so what you really don't want is a stern-heavy setup. On a small RIB in particular weight distribution is just as important as power and so I would go for the lightest engine available to you, whilst still having enough power and response to get you out of sticky situations.

I realise you might have to get a honda as they are the engines that are packaged with Ribcrafts in the states IIRC?? If you do I would go for the 135 rather than the 115 as its surprisingly lighter and a better engine (its better looking too!!).

http://www.honda-marine.com/modelDet...delGroup=bf135
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Old 28 August 2005, 10:08   #19
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I cant find specs for the new 115 and 130 e-tecs yet.

E-tec 90hp = 145kg = 602hp/kg

which does make it the best 90hp out of the ones i compared above.
http://www.evinrude.com/en-US/Engine...fications/115/

Evinrude E-Tec 115 and 130 = 167 kg
115hp = 0.68 hp/kg
130hp = 0.77 hp/kg
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Old 28 August 2005, 10:12   #20
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Yes they still have the 5 year warranty here and they are partnered up with RIBCRAFT to give a nice price, (10,900 USD for a 115) I would go for the 135 but its 2k more and the guy told my dad the boat would be overpowered lol so my dad is scared im gonna go WOT into the wake of one of these cruise's that come every now and then. (flipped my SIB the other day )
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