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Old 07 August 2011, 19:29   #1
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Smallest RIB to ski behind

Hello please excuse my lack of knowledge. I have a sailing boat but would like to have a decent RIB on davits as a tender and perhaps be able to ski/ski biscuit behind. Dont mind if its a rigid or air keel. (children are getting to that age and trying to keep up the interest) I was hoping for a boat 3.6m ish which would take an engine to suit but wondered if I was living in cloud cuckoo land.
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Old 08 August 2011, 02:18   #2
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i have a honwave t40 with a 30hp which has more than enough power to ski behind, see this video of it towing a ring.
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Towing a ring ia completely different kettle of fish to towing a skier! However 30hp on a T40 should certainly be fine for kids and maybe small adults.
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i had a bomard 420 with yam 3 cylinder and that could get an adult up on skies
the technique i used was staright on full power then back it off once i got them out the water
would imagine a 380 with a 25 would achiev similar but not tried it yet
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I had a 3.8 with a 25 that happily towed a knee board, never tried skis but don't see why not.

Some of the small jet ribs / bikes have loads of power in a small shape.
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Hello please excuse my lack of knowledge. I have a sailing boat but would like to have a decent RIB on davits as a tender and perhaps be able to ski/ski biscuit behind. Dont mind if its a rigid or air keel. (children are getting to that age and trying to keep up the interest) I was hoping for a boat 3.6m ish which would take an engine to suit but wondered if I was living in cloud cuckoo land.
Thanks, Colin.
not at all! thats what i used to have - yam360s (inflatable keel) with a mercury 25 on the back (though only plated for a 20!) used to get donut skimming sideways across the water just fine! there is a certain knack to driving the boat well whilst doing it though as the boat doesnt like to turn - the weight behind tries to keep it straight. trick is to get the donut going sideways before trying to turn the boat fully. as is the case, practice makes perfect!
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