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Old 29 March 2013, 19:54   #11
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I plan to pull my son on ski's, general doughnutting, sea fishing etc. Would you advise the Yam 30 on a 4.2 rib for skiing?
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Doughnutting in the limits of the rings ! i think it be ok,

i think you get 25-30 Knots with 30 HP with 1 up in it...if you can stretch buy bigger engine -

Dave from Clydeoutboards are Honda Dealers - doing good prices.

ski-ing is another matter, the more power the better...but very hard to do in sea ! flat calm conditions is what you need for Ski-ing...

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Old 29 March 2013, 20:03   #12
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Size/weight/skill of the skier also make a huge difference. Used to ski easily with a 35hp Chrysler as a lad & two skiers up with a 50 hp hardboats @ 14 ft. Sadly I now need 100plus hp to get going !!
You can't have too much power to get the skier out plus prop makes a big difference. Once your skiers up just throttle back !! I used to be almost able to stop the boat on mono on a sharp corner.
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great comments and info
Me thinkin the 1200 difference for the 50 is maybe not worth it as will be skiing at sea and flat calm as common as good weather!!
The 30 is winning the race now me thinks
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great comments and info
Me thinkin the 1200 difference for the 50 is maybe not worth it as will be skiing at sea and flat calm as common as good weather!!
The 30 is winning the race now me thinks
Not sure how the 30 is winning the race ? The 30 wont have enough grunt to pull a skier, it will just about pull a junior on a ring, but it wont tow an adult.

I love Yamaha's, all of my outboards are Yam's, but the fact is, the person selling the rib is talking rubbish, a 30 Yam is not as powerful as a 40 Merc etc The rig you are looking at will be at least twice the weight, if not more.


I bought a Honwave 4m last year and stuck a 25hp 2 stroke Yam on it, all very lightweight and great fun. It would tow my kid on a single ring or a kneeboard, but not a chance on skis or a wakeboard. The rig you are looking at will be at least twice the weight, if not more. It will be great as a 20kt leisure boat for nice days with a couple of people on board, but its not a ski machine even with just 2 up and a 3rd behind.

It doesn't matter how much cheaper the Yam is, if it doesn't do the job you want its not worth it !

I realise this is not what you want to hear, but keep looking till you find a rig that suits your needs and your pocket, its the cheapest solution in the end.
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The 30 will NOT do it, it will be gutless and boring no matter if it is new or old. you will be wishing you put a 40 on it. Simples
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Spend the extra and get the 50....it'll make the difference between thinking you wish you had got more power and actually enjoying the boat...the Hondas are great engines....
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well....it looks like the pendulum has swung in favor of the Honda BF50, based on all the words of wisdom offered by experienced heads.
I will just have to dig very deep to fund the 1200 difference, im sure it will be worth it.........omg
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well....it looks like the pendulum has swung in favor of the Honda BF50, based on all the words of wisdom offered by experienced heads.
I will just have to dig very deep to fund the 1200 difference, im sure it will be worth it.........omg
Or get a second hand 2/ 50 something for less than the yam....
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You won't regret the extra power. As long as the boats rated for it, maximum power = maximum fun !!
You'll be surprised how much easier it is to get up when skiing with the extra plus mono has a lot of bite.
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Good one..the new 50 Honda by all accounts is about 97 kg dry compared to my 50 yam at 115 kg.!

I think you'll love it....

And by buying new you have 5/6 years of warranty ...but I doubt you'll need it.
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