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Old 28 August 2013, 07:55   #1
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I have decided to upgrade the sib we use when camping and I am now looking for a small rib. Spec needs to be around 3.6-3.9m open deck and light enough for 3 people to lift (without engine). I need it to take a minimum of 25hp, but higher would be better. I only use it a couple of times a year for exploring rivers and beaches and some light duty ringo/kneeboarding.

It would be better if it took a short shaft engine so I can use an existing Yamaha 25hp 2 stroke that I have.

Looking for ideas of ribs or manufactures, the only 1 I can find so far is the Xpro 380.

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Old 28 August 2013, 08:40   #2
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I had a Valiant 3.8M few years ago with standard shaft 25hp Mariner, fantastic little boat used it for knee boarding, ringo's etc and both my teenage kids learnt to wakeboard with it
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I do like the look of the Ribeye tenders too

T 365

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Old 28 August 2013, 15:37   #4
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Cheers guys, like the look of the Valiant, but the 380 only takes a 20hp and the 400 is too heavy.

Love the Ribeye as well, the 365 is the right weight and cab take up to a 40hp . But its a longshaft, so I would need a new engine as well.
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there is the older zodiac yachtlines where open decks and 3.8m long they couold take up to a 40hp engine but i have only seen 2 ever.
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What does a 3.5m humber take/weigh?
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Old 29 August 2013, 03:53   #7
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Cheers guys, like the look of the Valiant, but the 380 only takes a 20hp and the 400 is too heavy.

Love the Ribeye as well, the 365 is the right weight and cab take up to a 40hp . But its a longshaft, so I would need a new engine as well.
Not disputing the RIBeye may be the better option but Valiant Dynamic 3.8 (which is the one I had) is rated for 25hp and I only had standard shaft

Valiant Ribs Dynamic 380 Open for sale at ABC Powermarine, Anglesey, North Wales
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After the performance of the Highfields at the Round Ireland have you thought about their small Ocean Masters? The OM350 can take a 40HP and weighs in at around 100Kg.

I have a slightly bigger one and find the ride better than my old Valiant.
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Old 29 August 2013, 16:53   #9
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Perhaps you could consider a Highfield classic 360 or 380. Max HP 25.
I'll try to write up something with some pictures over the next few days.
360 weighs about 70 kg.
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What does a 3.5m humber take/weigh?
3.4 X 1.54 =70kgs. Max 20HP
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