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Old 26 October 2006, 11:21   #31
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I've driven two 4.8s - the uni one and mine. Both exactly the same apart from the engine; theirs has a Mariner 60 4 stroke (bigfoot) and mine has a mariner 60 2 stroke. As Jimbo says the uni one feels very flighty at WOT whereas mine doesnt. The guy that had mine before me had a 90 Tohatsu on the back and he said he never had enough trouble with it. I never tried it as I put the 60 on stright away. I personlly would have thought a 70 would be ok....
50 sounds a bit low - I had 5 in mine the other day and it still planned pretty quick. Doubt it would do that with less power.
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Old 26 October 2006, 11:30   #32
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My friend has just got a 4.8 RIBCRAFT and put his Yamaha 40 HP 2 stroke on the back. It goes very well.
He's had that engine a while now, although second hand, and its always done well. Did 33 Knots on a 4 Meter Searider and he reckons 26 Knots on the RIBCRAFT. We think its been over powered to a 50 at some stage but we don't know how to check. Anyway if it is a 40 it goes well on the RIBCRAFT so a 50 or 60, or even a Suzuki 65, which he is looking for at the moment should make it go very well.
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Old 26 October 2006, 12:12   #33
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5.75m this is what you want!
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Old 26 October 2006, 13:35   #34
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Bluestreak, I'm very sorry for saying it was ALL 4 years old. I'll read the adds more carefully next time. Very nice though.
No worries, i did not take offence just wanted to correct you.

Speak to Ribcraft about the 70 and see what they say, i can assure you it is not 'yes thats a good idea'. The 60 on it would be great (and i am not knockiong the 60, sometimes i think maybe should have gone for it) but for the extra couple of knots it was not worth the extra outlay on the engine and then fuel. I have never had any trouble planing mine fully loaded or not and have only 3 knots difference to just me on the boat or 4 adults, + kit.
The 50 is the standard engine for the 4.8, which says it all really, with the 60 for the people who want that little bit more. I certainly would not want less, however.
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I owned one of these for a while and LOVED it! Had a Suzi 140 2Stroke on her. Not the fastest boat ever (I reckon the engine was borked) but very stable
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Old 26 October 2006, 18:36   #36
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i used to own that boat,9RIBCRAFT 4.8 WITH SUZI 70 FS) i bought it new this time last year, and had every extra known, which made it very very heavy!! it topped out at 35 knots with one person, with two it was 32 and four persons would do 28,knots the engine is vastly overweight but a stunning looking rib,was a lot of fun tho!! did used to chine at 33 knots!!
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Old 26 October 2006, 19:11   #37
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i used to own that boat,9RIBCRAFT 4.8 WITH SUZI 70 FS) i bought it new this time last year, and had every extra known, which made it very very heavy!! it topped out at 35 knots with one person, with two it was 32 and four persons would do 28,knots the engine is vastly overweight but a stunning looking rib,was a lot of fun tho!! did used to chine at 33 knots!!

Almost identical performance to my Valiant with same motor.

I was after a 4.8 ribcraft but got Guzumped on two of them , they hold their money and sell fast , maybe in early summer ,
I actually called ribcraft to ask about engine size as i thought the 50 would be a bit small for my needs , and they did say a 60 was max engine although they would fit a 70 etec specifically for skiing use etc .

I have to say Iam glad I have the 70 a 50 would have struggled with the family and all the kit we take at times

i would also say the same of my Valiant one person and no load and its a bit flighty ,
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Well after careful consideration i have re-listed mine, £7500 No Reserve:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ribcraft-4-8M-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Well after careful consideration i have re-listed mine, £7500 No Reserve:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ribcraft-4-8M-...QQcmdZViewItem

Turn that frown up-side down... Start it at $0.01 with no reserve
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Turn that frown up-side down... Start it at $0.01 with no reserve
No don't do that it would probably start a bidding war and you would end much getting too much for it
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