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Old 17 June 2014, 15:38   #1
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advice required on size

Hi all I have a 9.8hp 2 stroke tohatsu what size rib would suit the engine, I only fish from my sib and usually on my own sometimes with a mate, I launch from pensarn/llandudno so I would be pulling up a shingle beach, so weight would be a issue, am I being over optimistic looking for a rib ?? I have a winch in the back of my van I use to recover the sib on the trailer, but in the summer I have to pull/drag it up as there are to many people around to use the winch, any advice would be welcome
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Old 17 June 2014, 16:01   #2
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IMHO 9.8 is perfect for a small SIB but too small for almost any rib. I guess there are tiny ribs intended for use as yacht tenders around which would be fine with a 9.8 but I can't see that you will actually gain anything and it will likely be heavier, harder to store etc. If you want a rib then you really want to think bigger engine, trailers, slipways etc... its a whole different game (even at the small end).
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Old 17 June 2014, 16:08   #3
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Exactly as Poly says. Go bigger and everything changes (weight, draft, hassle), stick to a 3.4m ish SIB and 9.8 or 15.
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Old 17 June 2014, 16:24   #4
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we just swapped our 290airdeck sib we used as a tender for an aluminium hulled 280 ribeye rib tender the rib is lighter and way faster and planes easier with our 5hp yam two stroke id guess a 310 or even a 3.4 ribeye would be ideal with a 9.8 on it
I was shocked when I realised the weight saved with the solid aly hull
worth a look for sure
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Old 17 June 2014, 16:45   #5
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I've seen some smaller ribs that are fairly easy to manage-this one for example that I was playing around with a couple of years ago:-


It's a 3.5m Avon clone sold by West Marine in the USA with a 15hp Yamaha 2 stroke on.Went quite well and I managed to launch it solo from a pontoon. It would have meant putting the motor on after to launch/recover up a steep shingle beach, but it'd still be manageable.
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Old 18 June 2014, 15:16   #6
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Thank you all for the replys I will stick with a sib I had a look at the ribeye they do look nice and ideal, I have been offered a honwave t30 with the floor missing at a good price (100) and I am a joiner so I can soon get a floor together, I have a good suply of ply and timber ect, but I have seen some nice resin coated ply I might use
Thanks again, slate
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