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Old 23 December 2013, 23:46   #1
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Process of elimination - 90HP on SIB?

Hi all,

I'm a new member and have never owned a RIB. My experience is with GRF hulls and an occasional dinghy. Done some sailing too, but mostly Lasers only.

Here's the scenario. My 17-foot hull has just flunked its annual inspection. I'm not surprised, it's really old. Inspector wants it re-certified (which entails a fair bit of fibreglass work), but for various reasons I've decided to scrap it.

The motor (90HP) and trailer are in good shape. I'm thinking of just getting a new hull. And I'm seriously considering a RIB.

I first want to rule out SIBs (versus RIBs). The trailer can go up to 20-22 feet LOA, but I'm assuming a 90HP would be severely overpowered for a SIB up to 20-22 feet.

What do you think?

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Old 24 December 2013, 03:32   #2
Country: UK - England
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Make: X-Pro Defender
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard, Suzuki 90
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In theory if you could get a SIB large enough then a 90 would be fine. However they are heavy old lumps and I've never seen one that would take it.

A 90 outboard would be ideal on a 5 - 5.5m rib - I'd look for something that size.

I take it you're not in the UK?


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Old 24 December 2013, 04:22   #3
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Thanks Andy. I thought as much but wanted it confirmed.

Currently getting specs from local dealers - not too many brands represented out here (I'm in the Middle East right now). Looking at something between 5.5m to 6.5m. Will compile a list and post here again to get everyone's opinion. Cheers!
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Old 24 December 2013, 06:37   #4
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The zodiac commercial HD MK V and above will take this size of engine depending on shaft length, great boats, though not cheap.

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