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Old 08 June 2006, 17:30   #41
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Engine size/ suitability is the bigest problem Iam having with all the boats I see . I think there are a lot of ribs for sale that have smaller engines for sailing club rescue use etc .
I would rather have a bit of power I don't need than not enough .
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Old 08 June 2006, 17:38   #42
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Engine size/ suitability is the bigest problem Iam having with all the boats I see . I think there are a lot of ribs for sale that have smaller engines for sailing club rescue use etc .
I would rather have a bit of power I don't need than not enough .
Dead right, rescue boats etc are stripped out affairs with hardly any kit. It's best to try and buy a complete package. All the add-ons really start to add up.
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Old 08 June 2006, 17:48   #43
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What about this , have just had a reply from the seller .
Looks like an ex rescue boat and again is that 60 enough for the size , it is a 4 stroke which is what I really want .
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Old 08 June 2006, 17:56   #44
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What about this , have just had a reply from the seller .
Looks like an ex rescue boat and again is that 60 enough for the size , it is a 4 stroke which is what I really want .
Personally, I don't reckon you should go for less than 75hp.
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Old 08 June 2006, 18:01   #45
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all I can go on is what I read about the 4.8 ribcraft . They recomend a 50 or 60 or a 70 etec only if the boat is to used primarily for skiing as a 70 is too much for it?
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Old 08 June 2006, 18:40   #46
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'Ray' there's a 98' Ribcraft 545 in the West Briton with an Evinrude 90 FICHT on it for 10k. That's way too much money, but a cracking boat. I'm afraid that with a 50hp you're gonna struggle to keep up with the bigger boats unless running at full chat which'll burn more fuel than a bigger engine coasting. If it could be bought for the right money it would meet your needs perfectly for years. Rather than chopping and changing.
If you're planning on spending a lot of time with the big boys, you'll probably be better off going for a bigger boat altogether (>5m). Depends what you're planning on using it for. Sub 5m Ribs are great for trailing, launching, petrol bills, etc., but it's when you go playing in the rough stuff that they tend to show their weaknesses. As Alice says, if I were you, I wouldn't want to be considering upgrading again in a few months' time.
As for hp, I like to go for the most I can afford (and the boat can handle). You don't have to use it all, but when you need more, it's nice if it's there.
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Old 10 June 2006, 13:11   #47
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A possibility perhaps...
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Old 10 June 2006, 15:44   #48
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Not bad that newish engine trailer and tubes , I guess it all depends on the hull ?
Would have to be a bit cheaper than that though
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Old 10 June 2006, 17:40   #49
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This is perfect Ian, it would be quick and economical. If it's in good nick and could come in around 7k I'd buy it.
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This is perfect Ian, it would be quick and economical. If it's in good nick and could come in around 7k I'd buy it.
Tornados, are good hulls, they're only weakness on older boats being their PU tubes, these have obviously been rectified already, so out of the known problems there is very little else to go wrong. Whilst the Honda is not perhaps 'sexy' in the RIB world (has been discussed before but people tend not to favour them), they are very reliable, quiet and have a 5 year warranty. Get on the phone Ian, im sure you could talk Alice into taking a look at it with you, or someone local to the boat, im sure its in Southampton.
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