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Old 06 July 2013, 19:19   #1
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Advice: Small Open RIB for Tiller Handle

Pretty much every RIB I've ever seen has had a console and steering controls.

Say that I wanted a relatively small RIB <5 m and I just wanted it to be open and operated with an outboard with a tiller handle.

What specific make and model would you recommend?

Any pics would be appreciated.
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Old 06 July 2013, 23:23   #2
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i have an older 2004 bombard ax500 (3 meter ish total 10'2" loa), it weighs under 100lbs, and i run a 9.8 4 stroke tohatsu. it would probably run a lot better with a 15hp 2 stroke but i bought it used as a package deal. but with weight distributed with just me on board ive gotten it to plane at 4 knots. they are a by product of zodiac and i dont see anywhere if they make anything that is 3 meter or better.

this is when i first got it. ive had all kinds of problems but they are previous owner related
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Old 07 July 2013, 01:59   #3
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I use a mariner 40hp 2 stroke on a Mercury Ocean Runner 430 with a tiller. Bough the boat new for a very reasonable price from Bridger marine who were very helpful.
The 40 is quite hard work when flat out with the tiller though.
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Old 08 July 2013, 11:11   #4
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just to test the engine i once dropped a 1980s Mariner 40 on a Zodiac Series 1, that was.... lively

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Proyectile,

A <5 Mtr rib is not a small size to handle, for real boating fun will need at least 40 to 50 HP engine. I much preffer 420 to 470 open ribs too, the available deck space is awesome. Check Quicksilver, Mercury, 3D Tender, Highfield brands, just to mention some nice ones if available in Canada.

Some of them are quite wide (1) to tiller drive, unless you sit next to tiller next to port tube, but that's an issue for me being a left handed driver liking to sit and drive at stardbord side. How many mates are you planning to trasnsport ocassionally or all the time ? for a large rib will need a trailer and a SUV too.

There are also on the market the Quick Response type ribs (2) have shorter widths, less deep V keels, weights less, have shorter diam tubes and needs less HP engines than seen on more pro ribs. Those are just 4.00 to 4.20 Mt.

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Old 08 July 2013, 17:48   #6
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Those are nice, Loco!

I like this one, too, but I can't seem to find anything on it except for this video:

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iam very pleased with my rib eye 4.3 with tohatsu 50 on tiller , its the second boat i have had this size on tiller and its great so much more fun than a consul and lots of room . I think the current alloy hulled small ribs are the way to go the hulls all seem to bethe same the tubes vary in colour and design , look at xpro rib eye and highfield . Rib eye had some ex display boats at a good price .
mercury marine seem to be making a model a narrower lesser v fibreglass hull model also looks the same as the tohatsu rib. both quite cheap. Finding a 40/50 hp tiller steer engine is the hardest part

Loco whats that grey and blue rib in the picture , looks very similar to mine in some ways wondering if its another make using the same hull
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The 40 is quite hard work when flat out with the tiller though.[/QUOTE]

you need a steering shock absorber , cheapest way is 8mm bungee rigged from the tiller to somewhere on the top of the tubes or transom . or make a pulley system using bungee , it works really well . my daughter can drive mine flat out quite easily .
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you need a steering shock absorber , cheapest way is 8mm bungee rigged from the tiller to somewhere on the top of the tubes or transom . or make a pulley system using bungee , it works really well . my daughter can drive mine flat out quite easily .
How tight do you have the steering tensioner? I don't think a single 8mm bungee would pull my outboard straight?
Do you have any pictures of what you have rigged up?
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Old 08 July 2013, 18:33   #10
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i have seen a zodiac pro 7 420 with a tiller steer 40hp yamaha. i am perty sure most boat companies will sell you an open rib. i have a zodiac 380 open rib with a 30hp tiller steer and a steering dampiner would be interesting. i hope to some pictures.
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