A RIB or an inflatable keel
I'm looking to upgrade my Zodiac 2.6m which has an inflatable keel to a Zodiac 2.5m RIB. The boat will be used for getting ashore from my powerboat. I really want to get it up on the plane. I'm torn between upgrading the current 4hp to a 6hp or 8hp. However, I don't think the 6hp will get it up on the plane and the 8 is above the maximum power recommendation.
I've seen a really nice little 2.5m RIB with a folding transom. This would fit perfectly on the bathing platform or in the engine bay. The max rated outboard is a 8hp. Would it plane with an 8hp?
My other dilema is that I need to keep the engine weight down because I'll need to manually lift it on and off while the boat is bobbing about! My 4hp is 4 stroke and weights 23Kg. Most 4 stroke 8hps weigh the same as 10hps, ie around 38Kg! So sound I just by a 10hp? Also, there are still a few 2 strokes about - I've seen a 10hp 2 stroke Tohatsu that only weighs 27Kg.
Your thoughts please!