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Old 30 September 2010, 16:48   #1
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ribcraft 5.3

hi all,
been looking at a used ribcraft 5.3 on boatsandoutboards its a 2007 boat and with a suzuki DF70! Question is, is the boat going to be ok with this outboard or would i be looking for more power? Boats going to be used for diving (2 divers plus kit plus one other on board) as well as some hopefully longish cruises 2 or 3 persons on board!

thanks in advance
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Old 30 September 2010, 17:37   #2
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It might be a good idea to ring Ribcraft and ask their opinion; they'll have a good idea as to what's best for your needs.
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hi all,
been looking at a used ribcraft 5.3 on boatsandoutboards its a 2007 boat and with a suzuki DF70! Question is, is the boat going to be ok with this outboard or would i be looking for more power? Boats going to be used for diving (2 divers plus kit plus one other on board) as well as some hopefully longish cruises 2 or 3 persons on board!

thanks in advance
Depends on you realy,I had a 75 four stroke on my 545 and found it hard to keep up at times on cruieses[31 knots] and alwaysys seemed to be balls out everywhere!Not kind to the enigine,and not too economical for what I had. Then changed up to 130e-tec and started to enjoy my Ribbing again!!
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Old 01 October 2010, 04:07   #4
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The Ribcraft 5.3 is a beauty, I have had mine for six years; try to find one with a bigger engine, otherwise you might be disappointed.
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Old 01 October 2010, 05:10   #5
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Underpowered! Fine as a safety boat for a sailing club.

PS just occurred to me, why do the superior WAFIs need a RIB for safety?
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PS just occurred to me, why do the superior WAFIs need a RIB for safety?
Dare you to post that on a yachty forum
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Old 01 October 2010, 05:41   #7
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Dare you to post that on a yachty forum
Nah! Not another forum, I've got enough on my plate here & annoying the cousins over on etech
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Not quite the same but we hand old carbed mariner 75 on a SR 5.4 and that went fine. skiing, fishing, 4 up etc.

We then got a 90 opti, modern two stroke and that was the maximum on the transom (so it said) that flew to the point of chine walking at 3/4 throttle with one up.

I'd imagine a 75 would be fine unless you are just a speed freak. If you are a cruiser/fisher/ or safety boat etc, whilst not a flier, i would imagine imho it will plane fine and pull skiers etc.
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Old 01 October 2010, 13:10   #9
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I am very happy with my Ribcraft 5.3 with Suzuki 90 for cruising with 2/3 people and for waterskiing but I think a 70 would be significantly underpowered
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Er .....whats a whafi??
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