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Old 03 January 2021, 19:04   #1
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Considering Avon 3.4

I am new to this forum and potentially to rib ownership, though I have been around boats for a while. If the forum would be willing to share its wisdom:
- on this sort of rib, would an 8hp be sufficient for use around the Maine USA island trail? Carrying light gear, one adult and two children. Skipper is wise enough to stay home when the weather is obviously threatening, but also knows the need to sometimes fight current or outrun sudden unexpected squalls.
I know the boy is rated to 25hp but other posters report speeds over 20knots which I do not need to enjoy myself. And there is a good 8hp used mercury available at a good price...
-is there any reason that ribs arenít more popular in New England? I used them extensively in the Pacific Northwest on graduate school and they obviously have good popularity in the UK. Am I missing something?

Thanks for any insight you can provide!

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Old 04 January 2021, 06:16   #2
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I'd go for a bit more than 8hp.

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Old 05 January 2021, 08:30   #3
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Thank you!

Very helpful. I will keep looking for a 15hp motor.
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