Is 50 hp Honda enough?
I am a wannbe RIBer, and am looking at, perhaps. a Zodiac 550. Will a 50 hp Honda be enough to get it up on step and cruise (light load) at 22 mph? I see everyone runs Big Ponies on these RIBs, but I need to de-tune to 35 hp so I can also fish on the Kenai River. A 50 hp Honda can be de-tuned in minutes. I don't need to run at 40 mph; 22 is OK if that is what I must do.
Option 2: Get a slightly bigger boat with twin 50's, de-tuning one while on the Kenai. Now, will I be able to steer in a river with one, off-set de-tuned and therefore underponied outboard????
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