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Old 27 July 2004, 16:30   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: cheshire
Boat name: Magpie
Length: 5m +
Engine: 55hp yam
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 70
Thank you all for the information, very useful.

Regards Nick.

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Old 27 July 2004, 16:54   #12
Country: UK - England
Boat name: Smurf (blame the wife)
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 5.4
Engine: Yamaha 85
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 127

you defenatly need a larger engine than a 4hp iv'e got an old inflatable with awooden floor with a wooden strip that forms a keel only used it an a canal and it struggles at about 4 mph with 4 onboard yes the boat is heavy but more power would be needed in tidal waters even with one on board

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Old 28 July 2004, 04:26   #13
Country: UK - England
Town: Chelmsford/Anglesey
Make: Avon SR/RibLite 3.1m
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda 30hp/Yam 8hp
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 970
If your friend is concerned about the weight of a bigger engine, then have a look at the Tohatsu 9.8hp 2-stroke which is based on their 8hp engine and weighs a paltry 27kgs. They do a 9.9 of course but that's the same weight as their 15.
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Old 28 July 2004, 06:51   #14
Country: UK - England
Town: Portsmouth
Boat name: Sting
Make: Tornado 6.8
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yam 200 HPDI
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 645
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My first boat was a flat bottomed C-Craft, not sure how long. It had a 25HP engine ... I actually still have this boat. It is flat bottomed with inflatable keel and would pack away into a large bundle if required.

It was great. The boat would carry on a roof rack ready to go inflated. Engine in the boot of the car. Engine was ok to carry my hand. Whole lot was easily launchable with 2 adults. I could even body board off the back on a ski tow.

Was seaworthy and fast enough to be loads of fun. This was the boat in which I learnt most about boat handling and the sea and was the start of a great hobby.

My advice to your friend is .... get the largest boat/HP he can afford, ensuring he will be able to transport it and launch it with whatever resources he has. There is nothing worse than ending up with a boat thats too small for purpose and that's underpowered. It causes frustration and can be dangerous.

For example ... a small engine that pushes along at 8 knots, will be good in a 5 knots head on current!! .... maybe not, you may have a head wind. Also boat load will effect performance. Its not just people and petrol to worry about. Tool kits, ropes, anchors etc all weigh and make a difference in a small boat, as do wet towels and beach gear. Also if you take a wave over the tubes and swamp the boat, you may struggle to dump the water out of the back if you can not push the boat quick enough to allow it to self drain quickly. It's so much better to have more horsepower than only just enough, providing the boat is rated for it.

Use this forum for a guide, however go to a dealer and see the boats, get a feel for their size, see if all the people & kit he wishes to carry fit with space to spare. Pick up the outboard, see if its to heavy to manage. Get some hands on contact. Arrange a test ride!! There may be people on this forum who live local to you that can help in this area if the seller can't.
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