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Old 29 June 2006, 17:40   #21
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Floater:

Thanks for the pic, my keel looks similar to the one in your picture.

Did you find that the engine cavitated/ventalated more than it should?
Did your floor move around quite a bit when planning?
Did tou try playing around with toggles, ie undoing some/one?
After it was repaired how did the boat handle?

Cheers for any advice...
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Old 29 June 2006, 17:51   #22
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Regarding your picture i have a 2005 model 340 acti-v zodiac. Mine blows up in exactly the same way with the keel slightly off centre. The thing i found that made it cavitate was having the trim tabs on (i now never fit them to the boat). I ordered them with the boat thinking it would help and it did help get it up on plane faster but it seemed to hold water back and create a bulge in the floor towards the back of the boat and then release it all at once every few seconds causing it to cavitate. I also found if you have too much weight too far forward it cavitates. When i first got the boat i spent a day playing aroung with the trim i found the best setup for everything was to have the trim bar out two holes from the transom that was where it cavitated the least and best acceleration and top speed.
Mine now rarely cavitates except in very tight turns

Just out of curiosity what do other people get top speed wise with a 15hp on I have a Honda 2005 model. I have yet to get an accurate top speed reading.

Ian: I had the same problem with the weed making the engine cavitate. My engine stalled at low speed ( Very rare for a Honda ) so i started it back up no problem and started to accelerate and it just kept cavitating so i lifted up the leg and i found two feet of seaweed attatched removed it and it was fine.

Picture attatched: i have found no problems with the boats handling because of the off centre keel e.g tracking off to one side.

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Old 29 June 2006, 17:57   #23
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surely if the keep wasn't fitted strait then thats the problem . It would be creating a wierd and inconsistant flow past the prop .
What you want is nice little Honda Air floor none of that hassle with floor boards and keels , as it happens I just
My sis wants a Sib.
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Old 29 June 2006, 18:21   #24
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I Messed with every thing and anything to try and fix but apart from doel fins nothing seamed to work

i returned back to MGA i rochdale who sent it to an approved repairer in cornwall, it was better when i got it back but as i said i tried my mates bombard 420 and my other mates Zodiac pro, another mates medline 1 and then my brother in law bought a pro 9 as well so sold on ebay and bought avon 400 week later

also be very very care full with the handles as mine rubbed through the fabric
! and the seam in the bow split and the air deck rubbed through on the self bailer
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sounds like you got one of the bad boats
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JS the need for speed

i tried to track it one up on a hand held gps but i was all over the place !
the best i got was 1 up no seats half tank of fuel with the tide touched 30mph according to my mate who was along side

then hit big bow wave and went air born S**t my self

i know my boat looks in a mess in some of the pics but it was cleaned honest

and i do miss it every now and then do wonder where it went, sold to some guy in portsmouth for 1500 who sold it 2 months later for 1900 to some body over nottingham way ? and used my origional advert !

ebays great

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Thanks for that floater, know where you're comming from regarding a bigger boat but I've been there (experimented with 2 others this year already) and have found that the size/weight combo of the cadet is just perfect for my beach sinario, provided I can get it to run right.

Good to hear from J S that hopefully the 'off-centre keel' shouldn't make too much difference. Might try undoing one or two of the toggles, have some experimenting to do this weekend - all part of the fun
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I don't like the look of that , what if the boat flexes into a big wave , surely the keel could move ?
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dont get me wrong i loved that boat and had from nearly new
warrnty is good and dealer service was excellent
we had some good days out caught 68 mackrel in a hour off that there dinghy


heres a better picture doing what it did best

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I don't like the look of that , what if the boat flexes into a big wave , surely the keel could move ?




the boat tends to either slap the wave or bend with it

remember inflatable air deck to 11psi its very ridgid but still flexises

please excusses spelling getting late

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