I have been planning to build a rib since last year (not saying buy, I spend a lot of time around vehicles with green ovals, makes it a habit
) Normally I had to decide about the boat itself first and then the engine etc. But last week I was talking to a friend who sells Yamahas and he told me that Suzuki had very nice offers on some over-stock 2012 models. So I got myself a DF90A with a very nice price. I managed to save around 30 percent from my engine budget.
I am seriously considering a 5.8 meter rib. Manufacturers specs say I can hang a 90hp as max on the transom. The link for the boat: Asil Marine - Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats - Joker - Longer than 5 meters - JF-580-PST
I will use the boat mainly for fishing and diving with 2 to 4 up most of the time. I am not expecting to have a super fast boat but what I am seeing most of the time on same length boats is, more powerful engines.
Should I go for a shorter boat or would the 90 be enough for 5.8 meter as the seas are not flat most of the time and the cruising speed does not need to be very high.