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Old 15 April 2009, 14:29   #1
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CHINOOK 5.5mtr any good?

Have seen one of these advertised on B&O 4.5k, does anyone have any experience of these good or bad, your opinions greatly appreciated.

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Old 15 April 2009, 17:15   #2
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Hmm, so so. The main value is that engine. However the hull is a medium V hull which was okay in its day the 1980s but has now been superceeded. Be aware the date that rib was manufactured, those could be really old tubes. Made quite a useful dive boat as they tended to be quite steady at rest.

There is also an Avon 5.4m in the same price bracket and also this:

But why someone should put 130 hp on the back of a 535 Ribtec is beyond me and way OTT, but would love to have a drive for half an hour


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Old 16 April 2009, 06:27   #3
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When I was looking at RIBs for the dive club that I was then a member of (back in the late 80's ) I remember not going to a Chinook because of the weight. They were quite significantly heavier than comparable 5.5s. If you intend to trailer it much this could be an issue.

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