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Old 29 October 2013, 21:37   #1
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My ZODIAC 630 Diesel IB

Got my 2001 Zodiac 630 with IB Volvo Ad31 and Volvo leg home the other day.
Sweet boat i been looking for along time for the right boat for the west coast of vancouver island.
I had to import this boat from the USA but still was way way cheeper by doing so.
This boat is a 2001 Ex US Coast gaurd RIB has new WING tubes installed in 2007 there polyureathane which was something i wanted.
The diesel engine is like new still the boat has just over 500Hours on it. came with a like new 2011 Galvanized Karavan duel axle trailer.
That radar arch is just sitting in there its not custom installed just yet. needs to go back and be fitted.
I have a custom tube cover im makeing to protect the tubes from the sun.
I want to get a shock mitigateing seat made up to replace the drivers seat and make some kinda sun shade mini roof that attachs to the windsheild.
Im very happy with it for what i paid it came with a spare compleat volvo Duo prop Leg im gona install which should let the boat do just over 30 Mph on the water it has a single prop leg on her now.
Theses Diesel boats were set up to tow broken down boats doing rescues so once i put the duo prop lower unit on the boat should have more speed than being a stump puller

The fact it will do 30 Mph and cost half as much to run than a outboard makes me happy with it i like the HD tubes to with the full rub strakes.
I will post more pics as i custom her up more. came with a full lifting harness to.






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Old 30 October 2013, 02:55   #2
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Those tubes look like they're in great shape! Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 30 October 2013, 13:09   #3
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Nice boat. You will probably get more speed simply by changing your prop if it was spec'd for a lot of crew + towing ability.

Just don't over prop the diesel. Make sure you can make full revs with max fuel, crew, sea state etc.

For the sun shade, take a look at the bimini arrangement I made for my willard between windshield and radar arch. It's in thread williard arch and bimini project.
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Old 30 October 2013, 13:22   #4
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Nice boat. You will probably get more speed simply by changing your prop if it was spec'd for a lot of crew + towing ability.

Just don't over prop the diesel. Make sure you can make full revs with max fuel, crew, sea state etc.

For the sun shade, take a look at the bimini arrangement I made for my willard between windshield and radar arch. It's in thread williard arch and bimini project.
I checked with Volvo they said the Duo prop drive i have mounted on the SPC upper leg would give me a 1.91 Gear Ratio and with a A6 or A7 prop it should be about right with my boat size and weight, i have a buddy running the exact same boat and engine , thats what he runs so i have the help from all his mistrys with diffrent props ect.
Im just gona run the Single prop for now tho.
I like your top idea i wanted something i can take down easy tho. something smaller. yours looks great tho i like useing the arch tieing it into the winsheild.
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Old 09 November 2013, 15:41   #5
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Nice boat! Congratulations!
Can you show the tube covers, please. I am thinking about getting the covers for my Zodiac and looking for any ideas.
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Old 09 November 2013, 18:15   #6
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I have a 733 OTH that I incorporated a top into the tower structure. If this helps

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Old 09 November 2013, 18:22   #7
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Thats a great idea i like the way you did that its almost the same arch that i have sitting in my boat. I just bought two spotlights that have wired in crontroll pannels they would work great in that set up.
Thanks for shareing the idea. As far as tube covers go im makeing and entire cover with a seprate cover for the consol and rear seats. Im trying to buy a costal pro shock a compact should fit where my drivers seat sits just might have to lower its base inside the consol a few inchs so its not to hi up.
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Old 06 January 2014, 22:12   #8
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Well i got alot of good used stuff to soop up my RIB abit as soon as the weather warms up. I got 3 used Ullman Shock mitagateing seats to replace the foam seats in the boat.
One was a newer seat i got on ebay for $1200 its like new patrol series and cleaned up like new damers was is still good i dont think it was used much . i think there like $5000 new so good score. the other two are older ones and have ordered new Dampers and new neopreen covers for em The covers are full black so the 3 seats will all look the same Ullman has been great to deal with as im trying to do all this on a budget the new covers were very reasonable and the older stype dampers were a good deal to, The old ones still work but there tired so thought as i got such a great deal on the seats why not put in new dampers. the newer one is the captains seat the other two for passengers, might have to lower the front captains seat base into the fiberglass cover as its abit taller than the older ones, anyway its all good fun and adds good value to the boat i have a bad back so this is something i need to ,
I am selling that tall narrow OTH Arch and have bought another proper radar arch from a 733 with the air bag that blows up to flip you back up. i got the air bag and cover with tank its off a 733 so is the arch so i will have to narrow the arch but thats not to hard with Alum,
Anyway lots to do now, the seats will all fit and work where the original ones are sitting now.
Im building a custom vinyl cover for the boat and have rubber tiles to put on the floor.
Only other up grade might be to a Volvo 41P engine as this boat has a smaller 31 L series only 500 Hrs on it tho.
They used the 41p six cylinders in theses boats to so theres lotsa room for a 41 p in the engine room then id have around 200Hp with a DP leg thats all id need on a 630 i figger.
Anyone got a 41 p volvo kicking around (:



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Old 07 January 2014, 10:54   #9
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You are going full Solas with that rollover device. Obviously you never would want to actually need to use it.

Take a look at 7:50 in this vid. Police boat getting it wrong. Shocker.

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Old 07 January 2014, 12:10   #10
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Neat Vid
The reason i am puting in the air bag is we fish of the west coast of Vancouver island B.C Canada some of the worst water around.
most of the time we go out its nice but it sure changes fast.
I agree with you 100% i dont ever want to use it but i got a good deal on this like new used one so why not put it in.
theses Shock mitigateing seats are sure a great invention (:

Question for you guys would you instal the auto inflate or the string to the bottom of the transome type inflate ?
Again hope it never gets used. haveing a diesel inboard should help with stalls from wet engines and being fliped over from the front comeing up to hi.
Big outboards sticking way back off pods have fliped a few boats around here.
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