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Old 24 February 2013, 20:23   #1
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Outboard advice for Zodiac WB 465

Years ago, we felt that 35hp was too slow for our MKIIIGR. Also, it cavitated (ventilated?) almost all the time, even travelling in a straight line. We upgraded to a 55hp and it was a better fit.

My current new WB465 is basically the same boat.

The trouble I'm having is that while I'd like to get 40hp+, those engines weigh a lot, and I'm not trailering this boat. A 30hp ETEC Evinrude is only 146 lbs, but I'm wondering if I'll be disappointed.

Any experience/advice/ideas?
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Old 24 February 2013, 23:35   #2
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What type of vehicle will you hauling the folded boat in? If you will be using a pickup truck, you should consider getting on of those small foldable pick up truck cranes. Between that and launching wheels, it would expand your outboard options considerably.

I am curious to hear from people who have been the 30 hp ETEC. It certainly looks like a good combination that has power/weight ratio you'd expect from a 2 stroke and the fuel efficiency you'd expect of a 4 stroke. Having said that, I think you may find it to be under powered for a 4.65m SIB.

I have a 40hp outboard on my 4.7m cat-hulled SIB and often find myself wising it had more power. The next motor for this SIB will either be a 65 ETEC Commercial or a Yamaha F70.
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Old 25 February 2013, 17:02   #3
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If you go full passengers the sib can carry probably will need a 40 HP engine, is that your case ? If not a 30 HP will transport 4-5 passengers very well. Just a matter of triming engine well, correct pressure inflation and passenger ballance. We use 460 sibs with Tohatsu 30 HP and they perform excellent. Which HP is the max rated for that 4.65 sib ?

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Old 25 February 2013, 18:56   #4
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If you go full passengers the sib can carry probably will need a 40 HP engine, is that your case ? If not a 30 HP will transport 4-5 passengers very well. Just a matter of triming engine well, correct pressure inflation and passenger ballance. We use 460 sibs with Tohatsu 30 HP and they perform excellent. Which HP is the max rated for that 4.65 sib ?

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It's usable range is 25-40hp and max is 60 hp. I'm sure a 30 hp we'll get me and my family on plane, but I wonder if I'll be satisfied...
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Old 25 February 2013, 20:39   #5
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Someone trying to sell me a 50hp (electric) Evinrude today told me not to get a rope start 40hp Evinrude because it would be too hard to pull. "High compression in the new ETEC motors."

What do you think of that?
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I have a two stroke 40hp and changed it over to electric start, since in rough seas with little place to stand without stepping on dive gear, it was a pain to pull.
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Old 26 February 2013, 01:29   #7
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I don't know about the ETEC 40, but I have a Yamaha 40 hp 2 stroke with rope start, and it is pretty effortless to start.
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I ran a Zodiac Grand Raid MKII with an 30hp ETEC and it was a good combination. Not as big as your boat though so I would go for the 40hp. No starting issues with the 30hp, always started on the first pull and it was no trouble.
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if you go for the 40hp have a look at the below table:

MODEL-SPECIFIC ELEMENTS

MODEL WEIGHT SHAFT LENGTH COLOR GEAR RATIO STARTING METHOD TRIM METHOD STEERING
E40DSL 240 lbs /
109 kgs 20" / 508 mm White 2.67:1 Electric FasTrakô Power Trim and Tilt
E40DTL 250 lbs /
113 kgs 20" / 508 mm Blue 2.67:1 Electric FasTrakô Power Trim and Tilt
E40DRL 240 lbs /
109 kgs 20" / 508 mm Blue 2.67:1 Rope Manual Tilt
E40DPL 240 lbs /
109 kgs 20" / 508 mm Blue 2.67:1 Electric FasTrakô Power Trim and Tilt

A Honda 40Hp is only 96kg, and is a 4 stroke so if weight is the biggest factor then I would also check Yam, Mariner, Suzi and Tohatsu as these might be even lighter than the Honda

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More HP you have on a rope start engine, the more effort to start, that's why 30 HP is my top, but very confortable with less HP engines specially when you go boating with ladies. With time, more boating skills and after having tamed you beast, you'll find more HP is not always enough...

If sib will be living on a trailer go for a 40 HP, if placing and retrieveing engine from transom at each outing go for a 30 HP, your back will be eternally grateful...

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