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Old 13 January 2013, 13:07   #1
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tornado 5.4 !

wonder if anyone can help ? iv bought a rib was advertised as a tornado 5.4, tubes are ok for a few days,then need a top up so not on the to do list yet but will be looking to retube soon ! outboard is a 70jhonson fun but find it a bit under powerd ! does anybody know what i can upgrade to with plenty of ooomf without causing problems ! any help would be gratefull
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:12   #2
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were close am croydon, give me bell if you need info 07956 523316 adrian
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:17   #3
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we need pics Tornado's are fairly well respected I think.

does it need a re tube?, one thing about this forum is I am amazed what people manage to renovate/mend!

performance wise what are you using it for, what load, how many people etc
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:18   #4
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tornado 5.4

thanx just posted some pics !take a look and see what you think ? is it a tornado !!! in my profile>its used mainly for cruising around we are tidal between malden and bradwell we have a few toys for the summer towing when the suns out ! but the dry suit comes out in the winter when im feeling brave !! its all a learning curve with the rib ! plan on changing the consul to a stand up to with just a lean back frame ! any thoughts on that ?
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:24   #5
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Looks like a 5.3mtr to me? Tornado made a 5.1 and 5.3 which were both the same Hull and a shallow V, up from that came the 5.5 and 5.8 which were the same and with considerably more beam.
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:39   #6
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shame its true the beam is narrow but it cuts along nice and if im on my own its a dodle launching and getting back in on the trailer on my own ! which is what i like ! i did think maybe to go for sumthing bigger but i think id start to struggle ! the slip i use can be a bit naughty somtimes ! so iv decided to spend a bit on this one as the hull is old but in pretty good shape ! is their a general way to go when setting up a consul ? center forward ect ?
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:41   #7
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We've a 5.4 Tornada under the Viking range. We use a 90 yam on the back and she goes well
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:51   #8
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thanx ribraff took a look at your sight, must say very sharp im impresed dare i ask ball park ! new tubes fitted ?
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Old 13 January 2013, 13:57   #9
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I believe it'll be 500 / m ish

But I'm sure others will know more than me
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Old 13 January 2013, 14:00   #10
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thanx treerat, when you say your rib goes well with a 90 yam,what are you getting on the flat top end ?
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Old 13 January 2013, 14:01   #11
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I have a 5.1 tornado with a autolube yammy 80 on,it does about 32 mph(gps)with 2adults and one child onboard.reguarding console i had a stainless triangular shaped box made to fit over console and re-fitted wheel and remotes in a higher position so i can drive standing up.
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Old 13 January 2013, 14:18   #12
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No idea, never looked, usually has 4 or 6 divers on board so never an issue.
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Old 13 January 2013, 14:45   #13
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got any pics simon ?
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Yes will try to upload some
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im liking that ! will save alot of cutting about does it suit your needs well ? as i seem to find myself stood up most of the time when its choppy !
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Yes worked very well i spend most of my time stood up.did think about building seat up but figured i wouldnt us it.
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I've got 5.8m Tornado (they were designed to fit in a container) she's ex RYA Eastern Support RIB. Got a 80hp Yamaha Auto-lube and she'll sit quite happily at 30knots. Got a mate who had the same one from the RYA which had a 115hp Yamaha on her...

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Old 13 January 2013, 15:58   #19
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mines just 6m overall, with only a 2m beam - i think this is why it goes so well with only a 75 on the back - its like an arrow. it is however underpowered when loaded with people. great deep vee hull easily handles and cushions wave jumping. i too spend all my time driving stood up. i have a well proportioned single console which means that the steering is as easy to use either sat down or stood up.
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I believe it'll be 500 / m ish

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Aye .. its 3 big ones at least
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