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Old 25 April 2016, 06:57   #41
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Agree totally re the Tohatsu 9.8 Willk. They are only about 2/3rds the capacity of other 10hp models and a Tohatsu dealer told me similar in that the 9.8 really only developed its power over the smaller brothers at the top end of the rev range.

As long as the hull is efficient and load light they are a brilliant SIB motor. If we find age brings on difficulty handling our current outfit (good few years yet I hope) something powered by a Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke would be on the cards... perhaps an Frib 330?

Unless of course development sees a 26kg 10hp 4-stroke in 10yrs.
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Old 25 April 2016, 08:18   #42
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Unless of course development sees a 26kg 10hp 4-stroke in 10yrs.
I wait that day too Fenlander..but until then.. Im happy with a 36kg boat and 26kg 6HP four stroke ..which planes no problem... one up. So you may want to consider a wee boat each for yourself and your good wifie..if they dont develop one in time.

I agree with Willk...well he is always right .. But although Im certain the Frib would plane with 2 folks.. I know from both my 3.3 and 6 HP experiences..it doesnt take too many KG of weight extra baggage ..to bog them down.

The F-Rib 360 and 15hp would be awesome..no airfloors ...etc..but still an awkward lump of kit to move alone...especially across remote stone beaches off the west of Scotland
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Old 25 April 2016, 09:09   #43
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It's true, still heavy, but thankfully lots of beautiful sandy beaches to drag it up on the west coast of Scotland!
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Old 25 April 2016, 12:26   #44
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The F-Rib 360 and 15hp would be awesome..no airfloors ...etc..but still an awkward lump of kit to move alone..
A 15hp 2 stroke Mercury gets the 360 planing with 2 adults and fishing tackle at about 7 knots. I took the F-rib on the Yorkshire ouse a few weeks ago to see that I could get it in and out of the van, set it up and dismantle on my own (I had backup if I struggled). But I managed ok, though it's about the limit for me single handed.
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Old 26 April 2016, 12:19   #45
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Hi folks. I emailed frib and a chap called rick emailed me the following:


Thanks for the enquiry and delighted to hear that you are going to buy a
FRIB 360.

We have a couple of the new Suzuki 6hp on order and are expecting them
in by the end of May when we will be trying one out and ill be able to
give you an answer.* In the meantime I can tell you that the current 5hp
will get a FRIB 360 on the plane with me in it and I weigh 90kg.* I have
not tried with the current Suzuki 6hp and they are no longer available.
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Old 26 April 2016, 12:23   #46
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If I take rick at his word in that a 5hp will plane the 360 with him in it @90kg, then maybe (just maybe - I'm perfect conditions) a 6hp would plane me and my girlfriend - 77kg+50kg!
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Old 26 April 2016, 14:08   #47
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Don't know where you are duggie but if your anywhere near north wales when you buy your f-rib your welcome to try my 9.8hp tohatsu on it before you buy, I also have a 15hp johnson you could try
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Old 26 April 2016, 22:39   #48
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Appreciate the offer but I'm up in Scotland !
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Old 27 April 2016, 07:13   #49
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Just a quick one Duggie as I see your in Scotland.
Clyde outboards have an ex display Frib 360 that they are keen to do a deal on.
They offered me it at a good price.
It may be of interest to you
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Old 27 April 2016, 07:59   #50
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Thanks -I've emailed them !
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