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Old 04 July 2016, 17:43   #21
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Also I've never driven anything but a rib and I must say they feel very safe.
Would the fletcher be completely different as it's only 1000euros as is.
Like I said I'm new to boats and have no one to ask these stupid questions so bare with me😕
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Old 04 July 2016, 17:51   #22
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This is the back of my 3.6m rib with a 40 yam which is about 20kg lighter than your engine (like a tank of fuel in the stern) you can see the waterline just below the ski eyes so plenty freeboard and I'd trust my life to a rib any day in comparison to a similar size hard boat
& I grew up with hard boats!
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Old 05 July 2016, 10:25   #23
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So is cutting the transom an option?and how would I seal it again?
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Old 05 July 2016, 10:50   #24
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I would never cut the transom in this case, that is proper last resort time.

I am amazed someone is suggesting you cut that tbh rather than the proper fix of sell the engine.

If you do cut it you risk freeboard issue and resale will be tough as no one will want a short shaft on there.

Swapping engines won't be expensive, you may even gain!
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Old 05 July 2016, 11:11   #25
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So is cutting the transom an option?and how would I seal it again?
Have you worked out how you'd explain this to your insurance, how you'd explain it to the next owner, how they'd explain it to their insurance. What are you going to do with the RCD plate? it no longer conforms.

Don't think you can build this up again later. It'll never be right, remember it carries the weight of the engine and transmits it's thrust to the boat, you can't just "stick" a bit back on top, the whole transom would need replaced.

50mm of water swilling about in the bottom of the boat isn't an issue for kitted divers but it'd be a pain in the 4ss otherwise.........
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Old 05 July 2016, 13:15   #26
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Is it an option to put a bracket on the transom that allows the outboard to sit lower? Something like a jack plate...
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Old 05 July 2016, 13:36   #27
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Before you start cutting is there a leg extension available or chop the engine in for a long shaft. Have a look for someone breaking one see if you can swap the leg.speak to
Bill higham marine outboard breakers.

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Old 05 July 2016, 15:34   #28
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This is the boat I could buy. Are they any good and would the motor fit it?
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Forget the Fletcher. These are 80s boats, and frankly have the handling characteristics of a Vauxhall Viva negotiating the Kyber Pass.

There's no point cutting corners on the engine front. Be prepared to travel for a decent 2-stroke, and even increase the budget. The 40hp on the back of Beamshaken's rib is a Yamaha 40V (3-cilinders). Arguably one of the best power to weight engines out there, maybe only second to the 50G model which are like rocking horse poo to find.
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Old 05 July 2016, 17:09   #29
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A 80's Fletcher is probably built better than 70% of the new horse shi5e boats built these days.

A RCD plate on a 80's boat??? WTF
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Old 05 July 2016, 17:29   #30
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It's the rib we're talking about...that's never an 80s boat and I'd bet it's RCD plated
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