Originally Posted by gibbo500
Cookee, i value your advice as you are far more experienced and knowledgeable on this subject. I have a 50 which is the recommended maximum for the boat so i wouldn't say it was overpowered but i believe like most smaller SR's they do chine walk. I was probably guilty of going flat out in what was favourable conditions, but i doubt i am not the only one? But yes point taken.
Like a lot of small Ribs, I think that the max HP is what the transom will handle, and when the boat is full or being used as a rescue boat to tow boats full of water the extra power would be useful, but they are overpowered for flat out leisure use, some of the deeper V designs with a fine bow can also bow steer enough to throw people out when driven "enthusiastically" downwind in a swell - less power would make them a lot safer!
I know I probably sound like an old fart and a spoilsport, but it's how I see it!