But would be a lousy tender imho? Imagine going to the beach in a shaft drive! I would fancy a custom Rib X about 5.5m and a Yam 125 or something in that bracket, as a general purpose tender and an acceptable (not perfect) ski boat. But heck, 2500lbs and that huge deck space gives you a helluva lot of choice
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Thread: Water Skiing and Small RIBs
27-01-12, 17:32 #11
27-01-12, 17:35 #12
BTW, the W'Bay and yam being discussed above is, I've just noticed, exactly the boat in EME's avatar
27-01-12, 17:38 #13
27-01-12, 18:28 #14
http://www.novurania.com/html/deluxe-360/deluxe-360.htm, with the 40 yammy (which it can use legally).
It's a very good tender also aside from w/ski, btw.
27-01-12, 19:05 #15
Thanks for the help all ... and I promise to reveal more if and when things materialise. This question is actually rather important in the whole.
I 'know that 3.2metres is fine .. and hope (subject to some engineering questions) 3.4m is OK . Unfortunately MapisM, I'm pretty sure that 3.6m is too much.
27-01-12, 22:19 #16
Of the two biggest brands, Avon and Zodiac (I think?), the Zodiac 340 has a shallower V, and is therefore less comfortable in a chop, but slightly better for skiing. The tubes are also mounted lower, and it takes a short shaft whereas Avon takes a long shaft, so it sits on the bathing platform a bit better, which is why I bought one. I think the Avon is a better RIB though.
edit: the perfect engine for one of these if you want to ski is a Mercury/Mariner 30 hp superlight 2 stroke. They weighed under 50 kgs, and being 2 strokes had much more pull. I was offered one brand new, old stock, when I bought my tender, but I opted for the quiter, less smoke option of an 80 kg Honda 4 stroke instead, which in retrospect was a mistake (although as mistakes go, its struggling to break into my top 100).
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