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Old 31 July 2013, 15:10   #11
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Slat floor max engine weight is 210 lb which is hard to satisfy if modern engine is used. Pretty much all of them are 230-250+
That's an on-going issue with the zodiacs in particular. I don't think there's any way around it, best to try a different engine manufacturer which e.g. uses the same block for 40s and 50s then get the 50. Vs having a 50/60 block on the back.

Are you sure the Suzuki's use the same block 40/50/60??
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Old 31 July 2013, 15:15   #12
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Old 31 July 2013, 15:41   #13
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Wacky. Doesn't help your weight issue though. The ETECs and Yams aren't really any lighter in that size range.

I don't think 20-30lbs is going to be critical, but its not my boat...

Manual start, carburated Mercury 40 gets you down to 204 lbs if you are really really anxious about transom weight.
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Old 31 July 2013, 16:14   #14
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I'm not, picked up 25 horses Suzuki for now
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Old 01 August 2013, 04:04   #15
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Hooray got my feet wet today. Finally. And yes, Looks like raising. engine couple inches would be good idea. Seats pretty low now. Amazing how responsive boat is. Zuk is not super fast. Run it gently, I'm breaking it in, but it shoots on plane almost instantly. Plenty fast for my unaccustomed passengers even even at half throttle.

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Old 01 August 2013, 11:25   #16
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Looks good. Are those registration numbers 3" high as (technically) required? If they are, those toobs are giant!
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Looks like I messed up on groupings too. Size too for some reason I swear inspector (I had to have HIN number verified) told me 2 inch letters. Oh well not to hard to peel them off.
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Looks great!
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We had a 50 Twatsoo TLDI on our roll up deck F470. It was a little bit heavy but worked just fine!
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Thanks for all the input. I would like to get an E-Tec and they are quite heavy for being two strokes. The 30 HP weight in at around 177lbs, the 40HP around 240lbs and both 50 and 60 HP weigh 250lbs. I have found a decent deal on a 60HP E-Tec but I think its just to much HP and weight for what I need/want. Also, I just rebuilt the transom so I am not particularly motivated to buy a very expensive transom stiffening kit just to be able to run this motor. The initial plan for me personally was to keep it light and fuel efficient.

Is there a big difference in fuel consumption between 30-40-50-60 HP engines? I hear the E-Tec's have a descent fuel consumption?
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