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Old 26 September 2010, 18:39   #1
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Delta 5.5

Just bought a Delta 5.5, the Delta website is showing the Rib as rated as upto 130hp for a 2010 boat, the one I have bought is 1998 does anyone know what this would be rated to? There is no engine on the boat currently as previous owner transferring that to his new boat. I have provisionally got a Suzuki 2 stroke long shaft lined up for it that has a very good history but no sure if this would be too much.
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Old 27 September 2010, 04:21   #2
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Hi there

I have an older mid 90s Delta 5.5 and the maximum rating on the manufactures plate is 140hp. When I was looking for mine I did see one or two with cracks across the deck about 6 inches in from the transom and another with a spongy deck, of course this is repairable but worth bearing in mind when repowering an older boat.

All the best with the Delta and any pics would be great!
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Old 27 September 2010, 05:17   #3
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Hi there

I have an older mid 90s Delta 5.5 and the maximum rating on the manufactures plate is 140hp. When I was looking for mine I did see one or two with cracks across the deck about 6 inches in from the transom and another with a spongy deck, of course this is repairable but worth bearing in mind when repowering an older boat.

All the best with the Delta and any pics would be great!
The one I have potentially bought is in Cornwall so quite a treck to collect, but had quite a few chats with the chap and according to him it's all ok. But will find out when I collect it and whether or not it all matches up to his description otherwise I will be returning without it and my cash.
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Old 27 September 2010, 08:05   #4
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i know of 3 different delta 5.5 around here, one with a 90 hp 2 stroke, one with a yamaha 4 stroke 115 and the other has suzuki 130 2 stroke, i think the one the 90hp is perfect on them ,the other 2 are bit heavy on the back, may need to add weights up front like they did
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i know of 3 different delta 5.5 around here, one with a 90 hp 2 stroke, one with a yamaha 4 stroke 115 and the other has suzuki 130 2 stroke, i think the one the 90hp is perfect on them ,the other 2 are bit heavy on the back, may need to add weights up front like they did
Hi There

I would tend to agree with ribdraft on this and while I have no experience of running with a heavier engine I can say that I have a 90hp 2 stroke on mine and it does run nice and very economical. In addition they do tend to raise the bow quiet a bit if they are stern heavy not to mention the low transom! However, as with any rib weight distribution is key; but I would be loathed to add additional ballast weight. Finally when set up properly it is surprising how well the Delta copes with the rough stuff for its size.

On a more cautionary note there are one or two Delta's for sale at present and I would advise folk to carefully check the age as I know one of them is 10years older than advertised and needs a lot of work!!

Cheers!
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Just about to put my 5.5 up for sale. Attached is picture. We have a Yammy 4 stroke 80hp. Fuel economy is great. Knew the boat when it had a mariner 115hp 2 stroke (too much power). Would recommend a 90 or 100 hp. Did have problems getting on the plane. But have sorted that by adding the hydrofoils.

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Old 27 September 2010, 19:56   #7
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Just about to put my 5.5 up for sale. Attached is picture. We have a Yammy 4 stroke 80hp. Fuel economy is great. Knew the boat when it had a mariner 115hp 2 stroke (too much power). Would recommend a 90 or 100 hp. Did have problems getting on the plane. But have sorted that by adding the hydrofoils.

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thats a nice set up, there great rib for there size,is that double console too? how much you lookin for?
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i had a 1992 delta 5.5 with a suzuki 140hp on it used to carry 5 divers and kit and had no problems with transom cracking or anything good having the extra power for the weight of divers and there stuff but if i was using it for cruising a nice 100hp 4stroke would be plenty,
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Early ones had some pretty big engines on.

The one below had a 225 Suzuki on the back.

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Early ones had some pretty big engines on.

The one below had a 225 Suzuki on the back.

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cos they mostly were stuffed with divers, lead weights and tanks.
Now most ribs have flexi teek and comfy seats
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