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Old 26 July 2016, 17:45   #21
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With my new Suzuki 20 4-stroke I've carefully logged the fuel use vs distance. Overall in a mixture of conditions the average equates to getting around 75Nm from a 25l tank. So using the old rule of thirds (third out, third back and third for emergencies) you have a safe 50Nm range.

For me that would be plenty far enough for a day in a SIB.
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Old 27 July 2016, 17:41   #22
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So which would be better a 20hp or a 25hp for 4 people in the sib
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Old 28 July 2016, 02:41   #23
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IMO i go for max hp giving redundancy not flogging the engine then mine will perform with 4 in ok but there's no room for more so there's the limitation [yes the boat can carry 6 but not safe IMO].

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Old 28 July 2016, 02:41   #24
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I'd go with the most HP that the boats rated for and certainly go for 5 more HP for 50.
I had a 15 hp 2 stroke Mercury on my Honwave 3.5 AE but it's a better craft all round with the 20 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke. Quieter, more economical, no pre-mixing and a lot more powerful. Seems as guick on acceleration too but that;s tough to judge accurately.
Obviously heavier but as the boat will live on a trailer no issues.
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Old 29 July 2016, 13:43   #25
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Well the sib is rated at 30hp is it better to get to go for that size.
Sorry for all the questions first outboard I've bought
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Old 29 July 2016, 14:21   #26
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Rarely will anyone here suggest anything except going for the maximum manufacturer recommended size or maximum you can afford.

I'd say the exception to that could be (a) if you have to lift it off / manhandled it at all (or manoeuvre on transom wheels) OR (b) if the engine is much heavier and in a sib you will mostly use alone with your own weight at the back.
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Old 29 July 2016, 15:02   #27
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as this 25hp is so cheap i would just go ahead with that in your circumstances as lifting the engine isn't an issue.
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Old 29 July 2016, 15:03   #28
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Well the sib will mostly be on a trailer and also will be dismantled for hols, I am also changing the sib a bit and have a seating arrangement like a zodiac
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Thanks for the help and info just have to for one on gumtree to a pop up
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