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Old 27 June 2018, 17:36   #1
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Having previously decided that a Zodiac 550 pro suited my needs, I was more than a little concerned when I spoke with 2 different dealers ...... reading between the lines it would seem that the build quality and certain design aspects of the 'new pro' are questionable .......... so I decided to ,run to the hills' .......


Speaking with a trusted friend who is a full time outboard grease monkey, threw up another option .......... his suggestion for a new build that would be a keeper was Ribcraft ...... in his words 'not the prettiest, but substantial, well built, and can handle the rough stuff .............


Surprisingly, when I spoke with Ribcraft both the 585 and the 530 fall almost into budget (30K ish) ..........


So ..... do these RIBS live up their name ? ............. does the 585 really need 140 ponies ...........530 seems a bit small, but looks to deliver internal sizes of most other 550's ? I guess this is a que for El Pikey (Dave) to give me an honest answer.


Looking at the specs the deadrise and bow sheer angles seem to indicate good (or excellent) sea keeping ability ............ currently I am thinking 585 (a bit over budget) .......


My main use is pleasure fishing up to about 12 miles out .......
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Ribcraft deserve their reputation. Its quite a step up from the Zodiac you were considering so if it can be done in similar budget it is a no brainer. Not sure if the lead times will be comparable though.

Rarely has anyone regretted getting 50cm more boat, if you can afford it without under-speccing the motor. If I was regularly going 12 miles out Id want the bigger boat - but that is with no real experience of the 5.3.
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A 585 is quite a lot more boat than a 530. If you can afford the 585 Id definitely go for that. It will work OK with a 90, but will be better with a 140 (better acceleration, able to carry a heavy load easier, faster, more fun).
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Forget the 140, get a Merc 150 on the back of a 585, job done. A 585 with a 90hp will be gubbins, don't do it.
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A 585 is quite a lot more boat than a 530. If you can afford the 585 Id definitely go for that. It will work OK with a 90, but will be better with a 140 (better acceleration, able to carry a heavy load easier, faster, more fun).
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Forget the 140, get a Merc 150 on the back of a 585, job done. A 585 with a 90hp will be gubbins, don't do it.

The Merc is a good Matcn!
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Sure is would not change mine. Works really well with the 585. Big step up from my d v6 smoker.
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........... does the 585 really need 140 ponies ....... .......


Absolutely not..........it needs more. I had a 175 on mine, as others have said, the 150 Merc would be a good match, especially with a Rev4 prop on it. ( I'm guessing around 21"pitch)
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Sorry for the delay in reply ........ been busy ........ yesterday & today has mostly been replacing the foam surrounds on a pair of 6.5" Infinity speakers from our Jeep Cherokee ....... replacement speakers from jeep are 600 each ...... replacement foam surrounds from Springfield Speaker in Missouri were $9 per pair plus a little bit of postage. Its a fiddly, high patience job as it is quite difficult to align the voice coil without shims, however, all done now and mighty pleased with the results



Back to the Ribcraft 585 .......... The verdict is that it definately needs 140ponies and preferrably 150 ponies ......yes, I would very much like the new Merc 150 (3.1L V6) as I have had a number of Mercs over the years and they have all be fine. But ........ if I end up with a zuk 140 on the back then so be it ..... the zuk 140 is a very popular engine with small fishing boats and are supplied as standard on warrior 175, Raider 18, and I think Garry Bull uses them on the new wilson Flyer ........... also, I often use an offshore 25 which has a pair of zuk 140's on a pod, in this boat we often go out 50+ miles to the mid channel wrecks ...... so this is an engine that I know quite well and its unusual in as much that it has quite a decent low rev torque which is not what you expect from a Jap engine.

I talked myself out of twins right from the beginning as 5.85m (19ft) is just too small for twins. Having said that, the smallest twins I would entertain would be a pair of DF90's ............ again another good engine ... one of our local commercial fishing boats has one with a little under 4000 hours on it and it has never missed a beat.

TBH, with known brand modern fourstrokes that are no real bad engines ..... not like in the days of Johnson VRO (marmite engine), Johnson Flicht (unreliable), Merc water grommet issues with the rebadged Yam powerhead ....etc, etc. The only engine I would most likely steer clear of is the G1 ETEC (broken mounts, Melted exhaust etc) but the G2 is a real nice engine, albeit a tad expensive.

I still have a lot of thinking to do and probably a lot of 'bargaining' to do before the order is placed in early Sept for a winter build ...........
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