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Old 16 December 2009, 16:17   #1
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tornado rib

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
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Old 16 December 2009, 16:23   #2
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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
Welcome to the forum, from what people have said on here Tornados are decent boats, I think as they come with PVC tubes.

What engine has it got age of boat and engine, price etc?
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Old 16 December 2009, 16:38   #3
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I think as they come with PVC tubes.
I thought they were PU? Perhaps both were available?

Norrie - Tornado's are generally reasonably well thought of. Some people would see them as a bit industrial looking/finished, others think thats what all ribs should be like! I think people might be able to give a better opinion on the suitability if you described the engine as well and what you plan to do with it / use it for (where, how fast, how many people, conditions, towing dinghies, water skiing, diving, etc).
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Old 16 December 2009, 16:47   #4
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I thought they were PU? Perhaps both were available?
Your right again, tell JK its twice this week I've agreed with you.
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Old 16 December 2009, 16:54   #5
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hi as i would just be messing around spot of fishing
just to see if ribs are for me its solid bass v shaped
with 55 yam late 80 i think but nice runner snipe
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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.

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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
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Old 17 December 2009, 08:26   #7
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Old 17 December 2009, 18:12   #8
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I bought a 4.5mtr Tornado in june, So far its been a total rebuild that has made me learn everything about the boat, So far in early sea trials its been great, fast and solid, you can see some of my pic here: www.tornadorebuild.yolasite.com well worth giving a serious thought towards!
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