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Old 12 June 2014, 03:16   #1
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ribcraft 535 opti 90

Has anybody got this combo if so what does it handle like
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Old 12 June 2014, 04:06   #2
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You're probably thinking of a '545' mate....which would take that no problem.
I had a very Heavy merc 4stk 90 on mine,then put the 130 etec which livened it up somewhat!...Its one of the best Hulls RC make in my opinion
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They make a 5.3. I think there is a member on here who has one with 90 Suzuki on it - very hightly rated boat all round ..
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They make a 5.3. I think there is a member on here who has one with 90 Suzuki on it - very hightly rated boat all round ..
Not a 535 though Pete...and compared the 545 the 5.3 is very much a flat water leisure Boat
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Not a 535 though Pete...and compared the 545 the 5.3 is very much a flat water leisure Boat
10cm - its nothing ( so I keep telling myself )
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Old 12 June 2014, 05:17   #6
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Its a white hull if that helps

It's Jaspers next project and we were going to put a really good Mariner 2 stroke 90 which I have in Storage but I was thinking of fitting Daniels Opti

The Hull shape, chines and spray rails say this will be a good sea boat

The lack of engine consoles toobs also says its going to 11 - 12 k to complete plus labour but will be special when finished
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Old 12 June 2014, 07:07   #7
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Ribtec made a 535...
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Old 12 June 2014, 09:14   #8
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I have a Ribcraft 5.3 with a Mariner 90 4stroke and rear demountable twin fuel tanks.
Its a little stern heavy but still handles rough weather very well - "flat water leisure boat" it isn't!!
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I have a Ribcraft 5.3 with a Mariner 90 4stroke and rear demountable twin fuel tanks.
Its a little stern heavy but still handles rough weather very well - "flat water leisure boat" it isn't!!
Sorry if I ruffled yer feathers M...and I'm not knocking the 5.3...
but the word to remember is 'Compared' I've driven both ...also ANY RIB with rear mounted removable Fuel tanks is at a distinct disadvantage to the same Rig with an under deck, (usually how the boat was designed) SS or failing that Plastic,fuel tank,in terms of handling,balance,deck space,and not least safety, I can never understand why anyone,after spending so much when buying/rigging a new boat they would then skimp on IMO one of the most important elements?
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Hi Maximus - takes a lot to ruffle my feathers!!
IMHO the demountable tanks have advantages and disdvantages over underdeck tanks - as with most things in life really. They are easy to fill, easy to clean out if necessary, twin tanks give an advantage if one gets contaminated, but they take up deck space and make the balance of the boat a bit more difficult.
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I'm not sure of an RC535 - unless th tubes were ell overinflated.

If we're talking about 5.3 - them It's definitely not a "flat water leisure boat" but a very sea-worthy hull arguably more sea-worthy and tougher than many larger craft.

Depending on configuration an Opti 90 will be fine....however a 100 will be "better" - more power, WOT,quicker time to plane and improved cruising performance (IMHO without an actual test). If you have rear demountable tanks, I'd say they'd have a negative efffect on performance v. a internal central tank, just from a weight distribution standpoint.

If you have a forward mounted single console & jockey, performance will be different from twin console & 4 x single jockey, and the tanks being at the stern will have less negative effect.

You pays your money & takes your choice......I'd love to know if it's really a 535.
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Old 13 June 2014, 02:08   #12
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To be honest

It's highly unlikely that it is a 5.35 Its upside down and with no toobs I saw it about a month ago when I was last home. Its about the same length as an SR5.4 I'lll get an accurate measurement in a few weeks or even look at the transom plate.

Whilst I am still a diehard Searider Fan I think they are limited in there width, which compromises there use as a training boat this one is wide enough to get twin Consoles in which means the instructor can have easy access to the happy stick.

With a Searider you invariably wind up sitting on the tubes at some stage and that's not good for ones back long term hence the defection (albet from the Head and not the Heart)

The one thing I have noticed is the bow weighs a lot so it should counterbalance the somewhat Obese Happymax
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Old 18 June 2014, 17:36   #13
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I just called home and been told its a 5.5
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In that case, it's probably a 5.45, like what Maximus had. Beamy boat, designed for the dive market.
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Old 18 June 2014, 18:45   #15
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Yeah its definitely beamy which is why I fancied it as a training boat so I ca put a side by side console in.


The front bit(bow) is extremely heavy been built very strong So I m thinking it will counterbalance the fattymax
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