Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 07 November 2013, 01:57   #1
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Boat name: Carolyn
Make: JP Marine
Length: under 3m
Engine: 15 hp Evinrude
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 13
Is Too Much Power a Bad Thing?

Hey Guys. I am new to boating and recently bought a 2.8 fiberglass RIB. I found a 15 hp Evinrude outboard with a steering bar that I am thinking of purchasing as well. The boat is rated for 10 hp, but when I called the manufacturer (JP Marine, here in San Diego, CA), he said the 2 stroke 10 hp and 15 hp weighed about the same and I should be fine. Now that I have learned a little more, I am beginning to wonder if too much power is a bad thing. I understand that the bow will shoot up if given too much throttle, so I'm hoping to move the steering bar forward to help with weight distribution. I'm 250 lbs so weight might be an issue. Sorry, I don't know what that would be in in stones or rocks or whatever you guys use! Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, amigos.
__________________

__________________
Briantroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 02:47   #2
Member
 
paddlers's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sticks, N.Yorks
Boat name: Tamanco
Make: Honwave 3.5AE
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu Outboard
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,063
The purists will advise you that you will have insurance issues but that is entirely up to you.
This will be balanced by the grin when you're on the plane.....
It's certainly nice to have a bit extra to get going & there's nothing to stop you throttling back plus the engine won't be going at full chat unless you're always in a hurry.
__________________

__________________
paddlers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 03:18   #3
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Boat name: Carolyn
Make: JP Marine
Length: under 3m
Engine: 15 hp Evinrude
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by paddlers View Post
The purists will advise you that you will have insurance issues but that is entirely up to you.
This will be balanced by the grin when you're on the plane.....
It's certainly nice to have a bit extra to get going & there's nothing to stop you throttling back plus the engine won't be going at full chat unless you're always in a hurry.
Insurance? I don't think I need no stinking insurance; at least I haven't heard about any stinking insurance here in California. I'm sure that will change as people catch on to RIBS. I don't know anyone who has one or has ever been on one. My friends think I am nuts in my current endeavor.

I have watched youtube videos of people on the "plane", but I don't understand the dynamics. I guess it is all about getting the bow out of the water and then gliding on the aft (flat) portion of the boat? I have been warned not to get a 15 hp because the bow will fly up and, if sitting forward like I plan with a steering bar, I will get tossed when it drops to a plane. 250 lbs says you better have some serious force to toss me from RIB; so that sounds improbable.

Anyone run a setup like this? American's on another forum keep advising against it, but they can't come up with a reason other than reckless use of power being a problem. What is the downside? I understand that the reckless use of power might be an issue for most Americans, but I am half-Mexican; I will only get reckless if there is a fiesta involved. Cheers!
__________________
Briantroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 03:44   #4
Member
 
chris.moody's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Daventry & Beaulieu
Boat name: Tigga2
Make: Ribcraft 4.8
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
MMSI: 235900806
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 984
RIBase
If you go with the 15hp and use the extra power regularly check the transom for damage. The extra horsepower will be putting more stress on the transom (it will be trying to twist it off the rest of the boat with more force than it was desiigned to handle).

It will only throw you out of the boat it you apply too much power so treat the throttle very very gently and enjoy it.

Chris

--
Tigga - Avon SR4 Rescue with 40hp Yamaha 2 stroke
__________________
--
Chris Moody
Rib Tigga2 a Ribcraft 4.8 with a Honda BF50
chris.moody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 03:58   #5
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Boat name: Carolyn
Make: JP Marine
Length: under 3m
Engine: 15 hp Evinrude
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 13
Thanks. The transom seems very strong, the whole vessel is a single molded piece and the hull has reinforcement arms extending from transom to deck (I lose deck space, but gain more hp?). Throw me out of the boat? Really? That's what I want to hear, baby!
__________________
Briantroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 04:50   #6
Member
 
paddlers's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sticks, N.Yorks
Boat name: Tamanco
Make: Honwave 3.5AE
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu Outboard
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,063
I have a 3.2 aluminium floor with a 15hp 2 stroke (max for this boat) that gets out easily with me solo (17 stone), three up (kids 10 stone & 8 stone) gets out if they lean forward then sit back but whole family of five (another 15 stone) chugs along at displacement speed....
In addition you've got the weight of your fuel tank & engine plus gear.
If you do silly things like grab a big fist of throttle with the engine not straight hit a wave it WILL throw you out if you want to play silly buggers (kill cord a must) but that's up to you.

Either way personally I think a few extra horses is no bad thing as long as the boats in good condition & as previously mentioned the transom is in good condition.

If the nose is coming out shift your weight forward or put the fuel tank at the front to help distribute the weight !!
__________________
paddlers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 06:19   #7
RIBnet admin team
 
willk's Avatar
 
Country: Ireland
Make: Redbay Boats
Length: 9m +
Engine: 370hp
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,928
RIBase
Welcome to RIBnet Briantroy,

If you're not bothered by stinking insurance then your plan sounds fine to me. I have a similar sized inflatable (non GRP) and a 10hp.

As you say, reckless abuse of power is the concern here so take it easy until you get the hang of it - that thing will go like a scalded cat and certainly could throw you out. Getting your very many rocks forward will help when getting underway. Get a tiller (steering bar) extension like this:



About two feet is fine, telescopic is best as you will want to reduce it for better control when going slowly. You can make one up out of PVC plumbing pipe to see if it suits you first - just make sure it's well attached!

The other thing - make ABSOLUTELY SURE that you wear a killcord at all times when underway. It's the best stinking insurance policy you'll ever have.

Enjoy.
__________________
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
.
willk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 06:31   #8
Member
 
Anchorhandler's Avatar
 
Country: France
Town: Huisnes sur Mer
Boat name: Raufoss
Make: Avon
Length: 4m +
Engine: Mercury 50
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 789
Quote:
Originally Posted by Briantroy View Post

Insurance? I don't think I need no stinking insurance.
"stinking insurance "? Wish we had some stinking insurance!.........we live about 500 yards away from a pig farmer and would love some sort of compensation when it's blowing a south westerly!

;-)

Welcome to RN btw.....

Simon

Sent from my Experia Ultra europallet using Rib.net
__________________
C'est pas l'homme qui prend la mer, c'est la mer qui prend l'homme....
Anchorhandler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 07:01   #9
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Boat name: Carolyn
Make: JP Marine
Length: under 3m
Engine: 15 hp Evinrude
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 13
Hey willk, my "Stinking insurance" is a bit from: (Stinking badges - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) It is just something we use to snub authority. "We don't need no stinking XX in blank XX" What is GRP and don't you get confused between kilos, pounds and stone?
__________________
Briantroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 November 2013, 07:28   #10
RIBnet admin team
 
willk's Avatar
 
Country: Ireland
Make: Redbay Boats
Length: 9m +
Engine: 370hp
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,928
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by Briantroy View Post
Hey willk, my "Stinking insurance" is a bit from: (Stinking badges - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) It is just something we use to snub authority. "We don't need no stinking XX in blank XX" What is GRP and don't you get confused between kilos, pounds and stone?
...and there was me thinking it was a backhanded reference to your ethnicity - as in: "dam joo, joo steenking Gringos"

GRP is Glass Reinforced Plastic - we Ribbers use it because it sounds more technical and substantial than "fiberglass"

Most Europeans (which technically includes the UK but not Yorkshire) are now metric. However, UK and Ireland Ribbers weigh their boats in Kilos but themselves in Stones. They buy gas in Liters* and beer in Pints. They measure their RIBs in Meters but their voyages in Nautical Miles. RIBs burn either Liters per Nautical Mile or Gallons per Hour. Their engines are now mostly built with metric parts, but are reassuringly rated in Horse Power. You get the picture....


*To confuse things, they spell them as "Litres"
__________________

__________________
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
.
willk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:25.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.