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Old 28 January 2016, 08:01   #1
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First boat - Advice needed.. inshore fishing / hull type / hp / economy

Hi there.. im looking at buying my first rib and have some questions..

Im looking in the 4.5m size.. and power wise 25-55hp (min-max)..

Im curious what wd be the best balance economy wise and power? I have read 40hp and even 50hp getting the same economy as a 25hp? is this true? And what are the weight/power penalties?

I will be going 2 stroke - simply no budget for 4 stroke..

Next up, flat nose, and deep front hulls - I notice some ribs have a deeper front v hull, i guess this will make the ride on semi rough ocean better than the shallower type hulls or am i mistaken? Also are flat noses bad for ocean going? they do offer a better place for a cooler box / anchor box combo - is there a reason to perhaps avoid this type of design?

I seriously dont want a boat with a nose that lifts up so high - ive seen some scary vids on youtube of boats bouncing all over the place - i guess this also has to do with centre console positioning..


THis will be a pleasure boat for me and a friend or two, doing some offshore fishing / spearfishing etc - maybe be used 8 times a year lol..

All advice appreciated!
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