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Old 09 June 2013, 11:53   #1
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9.9hp enough to tow...?

Looking at SIB/outboards on EBay, is a 3.4m SIB with a 9.9hp OK for towing a doughnut for small children or will it struggle..? Would it be better to go for 15hp...?
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I've got a 3.1m with a 9.8. I think it would struggle to get on the plane when towing. Go for the 15, it should be fine.
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Go for the 15, it should be fine.
Provided it's rated for 15 :wink:
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A 9.8 will tow at near displacement speeds, a 15 at plane assuming that size boat is rated for a 15.

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I think you'd struggle to get boat and ringo on plane....
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Be very careful selecting your insurance if intending to tow, especially with children. It may limit what insurance options you can select and bump the premium as you may not have access to the very cost effective small boat type policies.

That said, I cannot find an exclusion in my CraftInsure policy but definitely came across it with some policies when I recently went through the process of insuring.
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Be very careful selecting your insurance if intending to tow, especially with children. It may limit what insurance options you can select and bump the premium as you may not have access to the very cost effective small boat type policies.
A very good point - you dont have to insure for it as long as you are happy knowing your not covered if you do end up doing it .........
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With a small SIB I would consider a O'brien screamer rather than ringo, less drag particularly since smaller kids insist on sitting 'in' rather than 'on' and lot more fun for the bigger kids
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Thanks everyone for the advice, will continue the search for an outfit. I also got an insurance quote from Howdon (spelling?), they quoted for a SIB with 15hp engine 85 pa or 110 pa with towing 'toys/children', seems reasonable and included 31days European cover. I'll look at the doughnut alternatives, as they sound more like what I currently need...
Thanks......
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Oooops!! It's a 9.9, not a 9.8, different horses. 9.9 much punchier than 9.8 and slight less than 15. Both have same CC, mostly are carb, cam or timing restricted.

Anyway, which 9.9 brand is it being offered at EBay, 2 or 4 strokes ? You could buy that combo and pass that 9.9 horse to a 15 for penauts cost depending on the brand.

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