Originally Posted by norrie14
hi just new and looking for a rib i have been offered a tornado 4.50 in good cond
as i dont now anythine about ribs are this make ok for starter
I have owned/run more RIBs than I can remember and can hand on heart say the Tornado 4.5 was the best RIB I ever had.
Wish I had not sold her but as our operation evolved she was bigger than required as a safety boat on the River and to small for powerboat training.
If this is an older 1980s one it will have a more pointed tube/bow than the more recent ones.
Originally Posted by Polwart
Tornado's are generally reasonably well thought of.
Massive understatement. However be aware that the former UK dealer Barnet Marine ceased to have involvement with the build/fit/sale of these boas about 2 yrs ago. Have not seen a new one since then, although I believe the build since then has moved to China
The engine size you are talking about will be fast, I had a Tohatsu 40 2 stroke on the last one and have had 40 Yamaha and 50 Honda 4 strokes on previous ones. Even had a 25HP on two at a Club I used to work for.
Age wise however 1980s outboard is IMHO high risk