I am planning to upgrade my rib but would like some advice. I currently have a brig falcon 275 rib with a 6hp 2 stroke. This just chugs along. I have tried a 15hp 2 stroke on the back and it flies with two persons but with three it won't plane, boat sits too low in the water. I live next to a tidal estuary where I have been told the tide passes through anywhere between 6 and 9 knots at the end of the tide.
I am looking at getting a rib that will fit in my garage that I can drag to the slipway using a launching trailer. So far I have seen a couple of ribs I like. An Avon 340 rib with a jockey seat and 20hp 4 stroke. Also a ribeye 340 with a 15hp four stroke. It will be for two adults and two children.
Regarding the 15hp four stroke, will this have much more power that the 15hp 2 stroker to get the boat on the plane? I am planning to keep my next rib for some time so need to get the right one!
Once the impeller and gearbox oil has been changed on the 6hp I am planning to sell the package to contribute to the next project. rib 2001 6hp mariner 1997 short shaft if anyone is interested on a launching trailer.
Thanks for any advice!