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Old 24 February 2018, 20:32   #1
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Bombard commando C4 or C5...help!!

Hey everyone, new to this site and new to the world of sib/rib!
I need some of your expertise on making a decision between the C4 and C5.
I have access to an extremely clean 2004 (used ten times) C4 and a brand new C5 for almost the same price, so price is not a deciding factor.
I値l be using the boat with never more than my wife and two kids, most of the time myself. I have both a 25 etec short shaft and a 40 etec long shaft that I can choose from.
So I知 wondering is there pros or cons for each, a reason why I would go for one over the other? Thoughts, opinions and experiences would be greatly appreciated. I知 a performance boat guy so I知 a little out of my element here, but excited!
Thanks in advance!

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Old 24 February 2018, 20:42   #2
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I have a new C4 that I am putting together with jockey seat and motor, just me and my wife and dog will be in boat, hope to be on the water come April or May.

I would go with the new C5 since you have the 40hp long shaft, you will need at least 40hp for 4 people to get on plane, the C4 only takes a short shaft plus the extra room and more hp on the C5 will be great for 4 people.
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Old 24 February 2018, 20:48   #3
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Also consider the 2004 is it glued seams or welded, the new Bombards are welded seams not glued, welded seams last longer and is stronger, not sure what the 2004 has but the new one will be welded seams..
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Old 25 February 2018, 07:27   #4
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The 40 long shaft will be too long for the C5 but it's easy enough to bolt on a piece of marine ply to lift the top of the transom.

The C5 will be more comfortable as the wave size increases but you will need some weight forward or it will become flighty with just yourself in the stern. Neither is a comfy ride if heading into a substantial sea.
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Old 25 February 2018, 08:03   #5
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I’m in inland lakes and rivers, there is never anything substantial lol.
The manufacturer states a kong shaft for the c5 and short shaft for the c4.... why do you say the long shaft is too long for the c5?
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Old 25 February 2018, 08:23   #6
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I知 in inland lakes and rivers, there is never anything substantial lol.
The manufacturer states a kong shaft for the c5 and short shaft for the c4.... why do you say the long shaft is too long for the c5?
The C5 is long shaft I would defo go with the C5 bigger tubes, a 40 will push that along nicely
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I’m in inland lakes and rivers, there is never anything substantial lol.
The manufacturer states a kong shaft for the c5 and short shaft for the c4.... why do you say the long shaft is too long for the c5?
Because I had a C5 for a few years and I had to lift the transom to take a long shaft motor. It is possible they've been changed but there's no deep V hull to get the engine down below so I'd be surprised if there's a change.

Having said that, using a long shaft motor will likely work fine, it'll just be deeper in the water and probably not a problem except maybe a little for beaching. Actually, thinking aloud, given the inefficiency and the angle of the water leaving the transom of a soft hulled boat, there may be an advantage to using a long shaft motor.
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Old 25 February 2018, 08:43   #8
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Is there a reason I see a number of c4 posts and not c5? Is it a cost factor to not step up to the c5 or other reason?
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Is there a reason I see a number of c4 posts and not c5? Is it a cost factor to not step up to the c5 or other reason?
I would say the C5 is a big boat and it's getting away from the reason people buy Sib'S for portability, storage, ease of use they are more for expedition type of use at that size when I down sized to my Mercury I wanted a C3 but it was when the company was being sold, now I have this boat I am happy much cheaper than bombard and performs really well.
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