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Old 14 April 2015, 17:35   #1
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Hurricane 733 Questions

I read somewhere that Zodiac use balsa core in the construction of their Hurricane RIBs. Does anybody know if this is 100% true? If so, what particular areas of the boat is it used in and is this the case regardless of boat age?

I was also wondering if anybody has seen a 733 diesel geared up as a tourist boat for passenger trips? If so, how many people can the boat sit comfortably with the midships engine? If anybody has any photos then it would be great to see them...

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This isn't a 733, but close enough to give you an idea. It appears he has it set up for 6 pack charter.

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I have been told to stay away from pre 1995 733's. having said that i have found wood in post 1995 733's i am building one now that is a 98 that has wood in the deck. I tend to prefer Willards for this very reason. The only place you will find wood in a willard is the balsa lifting strakes.
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This isn't a 733, but close enough to give you an idea. It appears he has it set up for 6 pack charter.

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My friend Jason put this boat together. Great boat - just over $10k in just stainless work (my swim step was put on at the same time by the same fabricator).
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Hurricane 733 Questions

I have an '86 which is technically a pre-733 boat. There is no wood in it. The deck, transom, stringers, and console were all foam core. The hull arrears to be solid fiberglass but I haven't been through the bottom, just the bow and side.

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Old 15 April 2015, 02:23   #6
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Interesting info from everyone.

Jason, would you mind drilling some holes through the bottom of your boat to see if you have wood?

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Thanks for your responses - really helpful.

Is the hull skin itself always solid laminate or is there a chance that it may be balsa cored also? Maybe somebody has drilled a hole for a transducer and found out..?!

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I'll try to remember the next time I'm out at anacapa

The nice gentleman I talked to once at Hurricane did tell me to check the hull for delamination on the used military boats. The forward port side. Said the military people don't like to let off the throttle even when they stuff the bow so the hull twists from the engine torque. I think there was an old thread on here about a guy who fixed that but maybe his was fuel leak damage? Said give it the thump test, you can hear if there are issues.


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Jason, would you mind drilling some holes through the bottom of your boat to see if you have wood?

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Nice, Zip.


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Old 16 April 2015, 08:32   #10
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Tom,

From the minimum pictures posted in this ad, it appears your friend Jason did a nice job on this build.

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I contacted the owner when this ad first appeared, and didn't have any luck in getting more pics. It does look very pretty though.
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