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Old 08 January 2009, 16:33   #1
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Solent / Ribcraft

Hello.

I want to change my Zeppelin ( french rib), and keep my 40 hp Yamaha 4 strokes.
For the moment, i'm interested by the Solent 4.60 and the Ribcraft 4.80.
So, i would know the differences between these 2 ribs.
Is the Ribcraft hull deeper "v" than The Solent?
In "rough sea", which the best, drier, faster?
Is my Yamaha 40 enough for these ribs, and which speed can i hope?

In fact, i'm looking for all informations on these 2 ribs....

Excuse me for my English (i'm French....).


Thank you for all, your forum is great!!
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Old 08 January 2009, 17:01   #2
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Welcome to Ribnet, tom's

I can't comment on the Solent.

On a Ribcraft 4.8, you'd probably be unimpressed with a 40hp 4 stroke. A friend of mine has one with a Mariner 60, 4-stroke, which is ok, but you wouldn't want any less than that.
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Old 09 January 2009, 09:24   #3
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The Ribcraft is a very nice boat, did my PB2 on one many years ago but that had a 60HP and went very well. For rougher weather I should imagine the RC would handle better but the Solent would be faster, though you wouldnt get massive amounts of speed from it with the 40HP - top end would probably be 25-28knots.
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Old 09 January 2009, 09:31   #4
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The Ribcraft is a far better boat in the rough, build quality is superb, RC is the way to go
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Ok, thanks you all's, so Solent would be fastter than Ribcraft with my Yam's.

Is the Solent deep "v" at the transom?

Is any body have photos from the Solent 4.60?

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try e mailing Kevin who is the RIB builder at Solent ribs who will tell you all he knows about these boats --but he does work/build them- sales@solentribs.com or info@solentribs.com
Kev was at the boat show with 2 boats in London this week, I think one is the 460? If it is the pictures are on this web site for the boat show posted by John Kennett
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Ok, thanks you all's, so Solent would be fastter than Ribcraft with my Yam's.

Is the Solent deep "v" at the transom?

Is any body have photos from the Solent 4.60?

Thanks you.

I found these pics on there web sites....
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solentribs.com

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The Solent appears to have a constant deadrise and a hull profile very similar to a 4.7 Searider.
The Ribcraft has a warped V hull which would plane easier with low hp.
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I think Solent 460 would be ideal with my F40 Yam. http://www.solentribs.com/PDF%20docs...%20LEAFLET.pdf .
With a 50hp, Solent can reach 40mph, so i think with the 40hp it can reach 30-35 mph?
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Old 23 January 2009, 03:52   #10
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I have played with the Ribcraft 4.8m, most if not all the safety boats at Southampton Boat Show are the 4.8m.

They do a great package deal aimed at the safety boat market, 4.8m with a 50ph and it goes along very very.

Can't comment on the Solent as have not had the chance to play in any of that size.

I would compare the weight of your Yam against the Suzuki 50. Power to weight and all that. It may work better to sell the Yam and go for a new package. If memory serves the Yams are not that light!

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