Originally Posted by Poly
That's an unusual approach, especially for buying 2nd hand.
I'm not suggesting you ignore the engine, but there's not that much between any of the leading 4 strokes is there? Surely HP depends on the chosen hull (length/beam/weight)? Surely the hull is key, and the layout is very important too?
I agree the hull is the key but the differences in the designs appears to be subtle between RC, Redbay, Ribquest etc. The one thing that appears to be important is length having had the experience of moving from a 4.8 to a 5.8. Then if you go too big the rib becomes too heavy to tow behind a family car.
Before I bought mine I spoke to several and did a bit of research. Some said they could do with more power ie 90hp on a RC585. My point is getting the right size motor for your needs (weight as well as HP) is as important as getting the hull right when you are spending 20k.
Side by side jockey layout was also a key criteria for me and I would have not accepted anything else. This has made our time on the water that much more enjoyable.