Dive boat RIB size for 90hp Merc???
I have a 2003 90hp 2 Stroke Mercury. (yes 2 stroke, gas is cheap here in Oregon) I purchased this motor for my current RIB with the intention of putting it on a larger boat. Well, the time has come to get a new boat. I have a manufacturer that will custom build the boat for me, and I am looking for suggestions on the actual size to build.
It will be an aluminum hull, with a gill bracket for the motor. This is also know as a motor pod, or transom extension bracket, that sets the motor about 2 feet back from the transom.
I can specify the beam, length, etc. The primary purpose of this boat is for SCUBA diving. I will have a very small center console, but the rest of the boat will be open. I will typically have 4 people and 8 tanks, and of course the weight belts, etc.
For the 17'6" model, the boat weight alone is about 800 lbs. (Sorry for the non metric system measurements!)
As this is going to be custom built, I really could use the feedback that will help me work with the builder to get the right boat. This boat is not really going to be used for real rough water. I plan to have a fairly wide beam on the boat.
Please let me know any and all suggestions.