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Old 18 May 2006, 18:47   #21
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Old 18 May 2006, 18:51   #22
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Nothing wrong with Prosport, good hulls and good value for money, however I believe they have recently dissolved.
I don't think the smaller Ribcraft would be a great deal different from your current 5.5m Lencraft. The 5.85m feels is a very capable boat and feels much bigger than its length, they are well respected, extremely well made, and hold there value very well. They have quite a following on here. A 90hp Honda won't set the word on fire although I have seen them with 75HP. A friend has one with a 150 Optmax and that really shifts, the ideal engine combination is probably 115HP upwards, although 90HP is fine, the 140HP Suzuki 4stroke makes a nice package.

A few here, they tend to hold their value!

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F98630

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F96752 2smoke but cheap....

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F90744 As new, belongs to Robin on here.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F95064

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F92888 probably alittle underpowered

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT045 Now your talking

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT042

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT033

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/BEM296

Loads there, my choice would be a remortage and the Opti 150 or the Suzuki 140hp, give Ribcraft a ring as some of those are on brokerage with them, get a sea trial!
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Old 18 May 2006, 19:12   #23
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See the 3rd last one? Thats the one I want, but its a little over my budget.

I was trying to not go over the 16,000 mark.

The engine must be 4stroke... I was told by the hierarchy that its essential!

That Mariner 150 Optimax is a 2stroke, right? I'm not very familar with them

-Edit- Robin's Yellow 585 sold a few days ago!
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the ribcrafts are nicer and will hold their value better than a prosport and have a far larger fan base, and will probably handle better. if you can stretch the money then go for a ribcraft 585 and if you can get 140 or 150 hp engine i am sure you would be chuffed to bits. reach out to some of the ribcraft 585 owners for their view.
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Ribcraft 5.85 with 150 Opti would be an excellent rig. Don't let the heavy fuel consumption image of 'old-world' 2-strokes put you off. Things have moved on and Optis are as economical as four strokes in general use. A 150 wouldn't be working very hard on a 5.85 either.
Also have a think about deck space, if it matters to you. A 5.85 with a pair of single pods and bench would give a lot more open deck than a 5.3 having the same layout.
Nice dilemma to be in.
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Nothing wrong with Prosport... ...however I believe they have recently dissolved.
I'm not sure this is entirely accurate - JK locked the thread - but as I understand it they were sold. And Prosport ribs (UK) Ltd [which may have had little or no connection to the Channel Islands manufacturer] was dissolved - but this company has been dormant for a while (so could have been set up as a trading vehicle and then a change of plan - and now wound up as a result of the sale)
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Whereabouts in Ireland are you? Local dealer servicing should also factor into your decision. Personally I don't think either of the 2 boats you are looking at will be much of an improvement on your Lencraft as regards seakeeping.

If you simply want a change though it would be the Ribcraft for me anyway, no substitute for quality and although small they can be a lot of fun!! It should be dryer and is definitely a more efficient hull than your current boat. What engine do you have on your lencraft?

Marine Motors Cork have a nice 2005 Ribcraft 585 with a 2005 engine on it as well, can't remember what it was but it was goin for 23ish. Worth a look!

Nothing wrong with Mercury/Mariners either. The old carb 2-strokers were a bit thirsty but near bombproof from my own experience! Obviously the Opti is a peach!!

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I was looking at a lovely Ribcraft 585 with a Honda 90 4Stroke, and others with anything upto a 140.... Would the 585 be sluggish with a 90 4Stroke?
A Ribcraft 585 will keep you happier for longer than either of the original two, with your sort of budget it would be a good choice.

They are fine with a 90hp motor, but better with a bit more, say 115hp. With a 140 or 150 it will be great fun, but the boat doesn't really need that much power.

If you must go 4-stroke then a Yamaha 100 would be great, although the Honda 90 would be OK. Anything bigger and your starting to get seriously heavy. Here are a few comparisons:

Yam 100 4-stroke - 162kg
Yam 115 2-stroke - 163kg
Honda 90 4-stroke - 169kg
Evinrude 115 Ficht - 170kg
Mercury 115 Optimax - 170Kg
Yam 115 4-stroke - 181kg
Suzuki 90/115 4-stroke - 189kg
Honda 115 4-stroke - 225kg

Why must you have a 4-stroke?

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