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Old 31 August 2008, 18:24   #1
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4.1 rib 50hp tiller steer

Iam thinking of buying a bare 4.1m rib and fitting a 50 2 stroke tohatsu tiller steer .
The rib is rated for up to 120 kg motor and 40hp . Ok I know all the advice about insurance etc but the tohatsu only wieghs a shade over 70kg, and I expect the spec has been downgraded for 4 strokes . I expect a steering damper would be needed

I was after a surfcat but this package will work out 3k cheaper and has a lot more payload as I really want to use the boat for camping and often carry more than 3 poeple .
Also compared to a similar sized hard floor sib its slightly lighter and has the advantage of a rigid hull , and a decent anchor locker .

To me it seems more practical than a sib , better ride and handling , more power , no chance of a punctured floor etc .

Now tell me what I have missed please
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Old 31 August 2008, 18:30   #2
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Whats the hull shape? Got any pics?

I think you'll regret a shallow V 4m if it gets a bit choppy.
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Old 31 August 2008, 18:34   #3
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Now tell me what I have missed please
You can't roll it up and chuck it in the back of your transit
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Old 31 August 2008, 19:40   #4
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yes its a pretty shallow v but Iam comparing it to a sib not a rib really , anything bigger and i can't pull it up a beach on some transom wheels .
I really want a boat I can launch virtually anywhere
I also thought about the packing away in the van advantage of a sib , and i don't think a 4m plus hard floor sib will ever get used without its trailer as it would pretty much fill the van
The rib is bit lighter than a 4.3 sib and with the tubes deflated would not be much bigger than a canoe and could easily go on a roofrack .

Iam more concerned it could be a bit of a handful with the 50 on a tiller steer
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yes its a pretty shallow v but Iam comparing it to a sib not a rib really , anything bigger and i can't pull it up a beach on some transom wheels .
I really want a boat I can launch virtually anywhere
I also thought about the packing away in the van advantage of a sib , and i don't think a 4m plus hard floor sib will ever get used without its trailer as it would pretty much fill the van
The rib is bit lighter than a 4.3 sib and with the tubes deflated would not be much bigger than a canoe and could easily go on a roofrack .

Iam more concerned it could be a bit of a handful with the 50 on a tiller steer
Go on...you know you really want an SR4
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Old 31 August 2008, 19:50   #6
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Go on...you know you really want an SR4
I don't honest , I really want something I can pull up the beach that will carry camping gear but still have enough power to be fun . The vids of the guys here exploring and camping in the Summer Isles etc have made me feel iam missing out with the bigger boat.
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Old 31 August 2008, 19:57   #7
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So what make is the 4.1 RIB?
Does it take a std or longshaft motor?
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So what make is the 4.1 RIB?
Does it take a std or longshaft motor?

rib is made by lodestar takes a short shaft motor .
The rib is very similar to a small valiant but seems to have a few better features like pressure relief valves and handles for re boarding after swimming . Its no top end rib but seems a lot tougher than any of the sibs I have looked at
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ex-RNLI Mariner 40 would also do the trick.
In the early-mid 1990s, Avon made the Supersport 4.00m range of shallow V hull ribs, rated to 40hp (a rigid bottom variant of the Sportsboat SIB made at that time). This Lodestar sounds like the same sort of boat.
Good compromise if you can get a boat with a decent deck area for carrying kit, yet light enough to pull up the beach, so no concerns with mooring it overnight.
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If your looking for a steering dampner i would try this one i have one on my Zapcat with 50 tohatsu you can let go at 50mp and go dead strait. Amazing bit of kit my arm never gets tried.

http://www.vortex-racing.co.uk/catal...roducts_id=125

Tell them that i recomended it to you if you speak to them
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