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Old 02 March 2009, 19:25   #1
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Smallest inboard diesel rib?

What's the smallest rib you can buy with an inboard diesel?

Not that I want one (or rather I do, but not that I've got the money at the moment...) just curious really, window shopping for the minor lotto win.

Smallest one I can see is the Humber Ocean Pro 6.3m - any others? Does having a truck engine in the back make smaller boats a stern heavy tub of lard which sinks stern first into the trough of every wave you jump off, or is it ok?
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Old 02 March 2009, 19:29   #2
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Avon Searider 5.4 to my knowledge it's got the 1.7 mercruiser diesel and an Alpha ? leg. very tidy boat but a bit of a chugger. ithese aren't really truck engines they come from 1/2 ton Vans orginally.

I think the VW range of diesels would offer useful power to weight ratios for a rib and they are excellent lumps
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Old 03 March 2009, 04:07   #3
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Andre, used to have a 6m with similar powerpack at one point. I think
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Avon also do a volvo 130hp powered 4.9 that's meant to be good for 46 mph. Sounds like fun.
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Theres quite a few pictures of ours kicking about on ribnet. 6m with the merc 1.7
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Old 03 March 2009, 15:10   #6
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I can say about twin VW turbo diesel installation (330 HP) with a lenght of 7.50 mt
with ZF and Top System Surface Drive installation by BAT
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I think the VW range of diesels would offer useful power to weight ratios for a rib and they are excellent lumps
Not wanting to hijack the thread... but do you have any first hand experience of the new VW motors? Just about to put one of teh 265hp lumps into my parents 32' motor boat but have heard mixed stories. Personally I think they are very well engineered/designed with all the service items loacted at one end, and some sensible design specifically for marine use as opposed to an 'adapted' road engine with bits bolted on all over the place.
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