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Old 20-02-2013, 10:37   #1
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Caribe L10 dinghy and 9.9 hp or 15hp engine?

I know this has been discussed to death, but I have a new twist.

I am just buying a used Caribe L10 RIB - weight, I believe, is 127 lb (or it might be 110 lb as I read the older ones were lighter)

Now we have to find an engine. BUT, we are buying the engine in the UK and then have to carry it to Sicily in our airplane luggage. Too expensive to ship it, and can't find a 2-stroke locally in Sicily,

Max weight for any one bag is 32kg

So, I have found:

Johnson 9.9hp weight 28kg

Yamaha 2004 15hp weight 34kg

Previously I had a Merc 15hp on a Caribe C10X which is quite a bit heavier. That performed admirably.

So, which should I get. There seem to be pros and cons to each:

Yamaha is VERY reliable and easily serviced worldwide (we do extensive cruising). It also uses 100:1 fuel mix, which is nice. I would probably prefer to buy this one.

But, can I remove 4kg of weight off it? Suppose, for example, I remove the lower unit, the cowl, and the attachment clamps. Would that be easy to do, and would it lose enough weight so that I could pack it up and still be under 32kg?

The Johnson is lighter. That is a plus. How reliable is it? How easy to fix in remote places (eg Caribbean, Central America, maybe the Pacific?). Also would the 9.9hp be more than adequate to plane with two of us and shopping aboard the dink? We sometimes go exploring over long distances with our dink and we want to be able to get home without problems if the conditions change on us, so I don't want a 'marginal' engine.

Suggestions and comments?

thanks

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Old 20-02-2013, 11:08   #2
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Re: Caribe L10 dinghy and 9.9 hp or 15hp engine?

Both are great engines. The Johnson have been made forever. Johnson and Evinrude are the same. Parts abound in the USA, not sure about Europe though. I would opt for the yamaha. If you are willing to remove the lower unit and pack it separately I would imagine that would do the trick. You are going to need to remove all traces of gasoline fumes, oil and smell to put it on an airplane.
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Old 20-02-2013, 12:06   #3
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Re: Caribe L10 dinghy and 9.9 hp or 15hp engine?

I have that boat, the Caribe L10, and it really needs 15hp. You'll be able to get it to plane with a 9.9 with two adults, but probably not three. Before I swapped for a 15hp, I had to use dolefins to get the boat to plane with two people.
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Re: Caribe L10 dinghy and 9.9 hp or 15hp engine?

Thanks Bash,

That decides it for me.

Now I will just have to figure out how to get it to lose 4kg of weight.

Maybe I should ask the girls about that? They are always discussing ways to lose weight...


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