Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 21 January 2006, 23:27   #11
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Carolina Beach NC
Boat name: Sea Angel
Make: Zodiac
Length: 6m
Engine: Optimax 115
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 10
I went through the same selection process about a year and a half ago. Looked at both Ribcraft and Humber as an import. Settled on the Zodiac Pro 16 man mostly because of price and availability here in US. It is PVC not Hypalon, but one advantage is easily removable and replaceable tubes. I am very pleased with the boat. I run it out of the Cape Fear, Wilmington area of North Carolina. It has a pretty deep V and handles the open ocean and shallow inlet crossings wonderfully. I spent about 12k on the hull and by the time I fitted with 115 hp optimax, stand up console, leaning bolster, tank, instruments, seating for 6, I ended up at about 23K. I did all the fitting myself though. Couldnt figure out how to send pictures on post but if youd like a couple emailed would be happy. David.
__________________

__________________
David Lawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21 January 2006, 23:54   #12
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Chicago
Boat name: Fat Bastard
Make: Hurricane 440,Mark2C
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50, Nissan 40
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 194
Pictures would be great. How long is the 16 man? Also who fitted the engine for you?

Good to hear of someone else in the States having gone through the same selection ordeal.
__________________

__________________
Rogan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 00:22   #13
CAH
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Make: Zodiac SRMN
Length: 6m +
Engine: Outboard 130hp
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 38
PVC, has the glueing technique changed for this material. I have owned a few Zodiacs and the only one that gave trouble was the PVC boat. After 10 years the seams separated on both sides of the boat. I fixed one side and the next month the other side separated. I was lucky for the seams blew apart on the trailer and not on the water. The PVC boat was kept indoors and cleaned after every use and still fell apart. My opinion - I would never again own a PVC boat.
__________________
CAH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 09:12   #14
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Carolina Beach NC
Boat name: Sea Angel
Make: Zodiac
Length: 6m
Engine: Optimax 115
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 10
I will try to post a cople images if they don't work send me your email address and ill send them that way, sorry. the boat is 19' 8" and I had Eds Marine in Virgina mount the engine (they had good prices and large selection and they are priced on the web).
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	underway.jpg
Views:	287
Size:	93.9 KB
ID:	17143   Click image for larger version

Name:	atdock.jpg
Views:	322
Size:	94.2 KB
ID:	17144  
__________________
David Lawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 09:23   #15
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: swansea
Boat name: ocean pro 6.3
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Engine: 140hp suzuki
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 170
nice pictures! i would say you would be very happy with a zodiac 16 man, build qualty is very good, and as mentioned you can send just the tubes away for replacement or repairs instead of whole boat if they need it! that said however the reason i suggested humber is that they are very good value and have offshore in mind with their hulls so would have all the capability should you require it, that said the zodiac is a good boat and will handle a fair amount of chop! im not sure where to get details of import prices, maybe someone else knows...
__________________
xpertski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 09:43   #16
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Chicago
Boat name: Fat Bastard
Make: Hurricane 440,Mark2C
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50, Nissan 40
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 194
David your boat looks fantastic. You got all of that for 23K? All we need is a stand up console. I wonder if we could make it work for 20K. My brother and I are knowen to be very rough on our boats. We take care of them but push it as far as we can in bad weather. We cracked the transon on our current boat. Zodiac said in 30 years they haven't seen that happen on thier Mark2 line if boats. For this boat I wonder if getting a smaller lighter engine will increase the life span of the transom? Also we have the intention of boating through all the great lakes to New York and won't have the choice of ducking out of bad weather at will. I am pretty sure the Zodiac could handle that though. I hope.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	EXTREME2.jpg
Views:	266
Size:	169.2 KB
ID:	17145  
__________________
Rogan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 11:10   #17
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Chicago
Boat name: Fat Bastard
Make: Hurricane 440,Mark2C
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50, Nissan 40
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 194
David, how has that Mercury been running for you? We ran into problems with our Nissan on the way to the Gulf of Mexico. After calling every marina in our Quimbys river guide no one would even look at it. We finally had to fix it ourselves. I would not like to repeat that again. Also, I've been looking online and can only find Pro 12 man, 15, and 20. Was the Pro 16 man a previous model?
__________________
Rogan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 12:54   #18
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Make: BLANK
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12,791
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rogan
David your boat looks fantastic. You got all of that for 23K? All we need is a stand up console. I wonder if we could make it work for 20K. My brother and I are knowen to be very rough on our boats. We take care of them but push it as far as we can in bad weather. We cracked the transon on our current boat. Zodiac said in 30 years they haven't seen that happen on thier Mark2 line if boats. For this boat I wonder if getting a smaller lighter engine will increase the life span of the transom? Also we have the intention of boating through all the great lakes to New York and won't have the choice of ducking out of bad weather at will. I am pretty sure the Zodiac could handle that though. I hope.
If you drive like that you would LOVE a British boat - they are built to take anything you throw at them!!! Flights are cheap enough these days - pop over here - get a used bargain and then ship it back!!!

Having said that a NEW boat without an engine could be the best bet - outboards are FAR cheaper in the US!!!

Try emailing some of the smaller British builders.
__________________
codprawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 20:53   #19
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Carolina Beach NC
Boat name: Sea Angel
Make: Zodiac
Length: 6m
Engine: Optimax 115
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 10
Rogan, Tell me more about coffee as your occupation? Just curious, my wife and I have a coffee shop, hotspot/business center here in Carolina Beach. I got on the zodiac web site and your right, the 16 man is not there any more. It was last year but their USA web site had not been changed in forever. Looks like the 15 man is even longer than mine, and is rated for more hp. Mine was rated for 120 hp. I paid under 12k for my hull new from a supplier in Oriental NC. It was shipped in a big box, biggest they had ever ordered. The engine was around 7 or 8k as I recall. console locally made about 400, 800 for a custom fab of the leaning post, a couple hundred a pop for the seats, then all the misc. bits like steering, throttles, cables, tank (I put an aluminum 30 gal under the front of the console.) I guess it may be very tight to come in under 20k if the hull has gone up much. Regarding the merc. It is an 2004 Optimax Saltwater model. It has run fine for me. I did have it serviced at the year aniversary and I only have a few hundred hours on it. The transom on the zodiac seems tough enough, and I actually have my leaning post braced off the transom so I can tow off the arangement. I love the stand up config as I run mine reasonably hard and like the shock absorber effect of the legs. If you decide on the zodiac I can fill you in on console dimensions, routing below deck of cables, etc. David.
__________________
David Lawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 January 2006, 22:12   #20
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Chicago
Boat name: Fat Bastard
Make: Hurricane 440,Mark2C
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50, Nissan 40
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 194
Hey David, thanks for the response. As for the Coffee I work for this company Vicious Circle on the Southside of Chicago. We are opening stores along the Metra train tracks that run through Hyde Park where the University of Chicago is. We have opened our first store named Istria under the tracks on 57th street. We offer very high quality coffee, bar drinks, Panini, gelato, and organic sandwiches. We push the handcrafted beverage. Using manual Italian espresso machines and intense training. Every latte is required to have "latte art" as a part of the beverage. If you can make rosettas you have made a proper beverage. The water is really important though! We remove everything and then basically add what we need for proper espresso and drip coffee. Reverse osmosis is expensive but a few days ago the system went down and it was blatantly obvious that the espresso started tasting slightly bitter(to me anyways). Our coffee roaster is Intelligensia who is local and you won't ever find beans more than a few days old in our store. Check em out at http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/
Thanks for the info on your boat. I am looking into various options right now but it looks like we'll be going with Zodiac. Though I am sure I'll have many more questions to ask you soon.
__________________

__________________
Rogan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:16.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.