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Old 13 July 2006, 20:51   #11
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I am a Redbay 6.5 user who ribs a lot on west coast of Ireland in North Atlantic.

I chose Redbay over Zodiac on grounds of toughness and seakeeping.

buying without an enginr from them could be worth a try.

Your quote on shipping seems excessive. Try and get someone with contacts in shipping industry or a company who ships a lot and I will bet you can get a much better price on the shipping.

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Old 13 July 2006, 21:58   #12
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thanks for all the info

Thanks for all the info
u guys have been a great help
didnt know there were so many manufacturers
ill keep whatching the used market i think so i can save some cash
are there any things that i should be watching out for like if i bout a X coast guard boat would it have stress fractures and the such thats why they are selling it
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Old 14 July 2006, 05:10   #13
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are there any things that i should be watching out for like if i bout a X coast guard boat would it have stress fractures and the such thats why they are selling it
it's unlikely but you'll be able to see if it has stress cracks as long as the gelcoat is original and the boat is on a trailer.

I'd hazard a guess and say the main reason the coastguard sell them on is end of fleet contract or number of hours on the engines.
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Old 14 July 2006, 07:35   #14
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just some info for ya's, been to Ribcraft hear in ma, nice set up, you got Brig, and AB .Shipping tubes can be Vary diapointing, Best by far to get your own container, maybe share cost with someone to take up unused space.

importing from the UK dose not seem to panout well $$ wise hear, it's the exchange game, mostly reserved for a hull you got to have, like say a
Bananashark, for a little more $$ than used cost from thare, you can get new from some ware else, However, thare are other pit falls to consitter.
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thare are other pit falls to consitter.

fuk mee fasst fredd i fink yew nead a spel chekker

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Old 19 July 2006, 16:05   #17
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I bought a 1995 Zodiac Hurricane 733 from the Government a short time ago, and am in California now to pick it up for return to Iowa where I will recondition it for sale. This is the exact boat the CZ7 is patterned after.

As is typical, I wasn't sure of it's condition while bidding. I was able to inspect it yesterday and found every aspect better than expected. It does not have tubes, engine or drive - consisting of hull, console and storage, fuel tank, deck fittings, and sits on a triple axle trailer. It appears in very good shape structurally, requiring tubes, power and cosmetics to be ready for use. The trailer also appears strong, with disc brakes, requiring cosmetics, a wheel, and and winch/post to be fully operational.

My intention is to convert the original I/O to outboards by installing the aluminum transom extension as seen on the CZ7 - I have plans provided by Zodiac for this purpose. In the end, I hope to have a boat that closely resembles the CZ7, but could be priced at a fraction of the cost - and offer it for sale on eBay and through other contacts. I know where a used set of tubes can be found for $3k, or a new set for about $7.5k.

Unfortunately, there have been unforseen delays in processing the paperwork so I cannot pick up the boat now, and am returning to Iowa without it. If you have an interest in this boat I might consider selling as-is to avoid another long drive out for pickup. I you would like to discuss the possibilities please let me know by direct email to sunrider@lisco.com, or cell phone at 641-455-9955. I'm on the road at the moment so there will probably be a delay before I can reply. bryan.
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CZ7 flop

Zodiac did a nice job copying the Ribcraft (USA) Mitigator that was introduced a full year before the CZ7. http://www.ribcraftusa.com/mit/

Unlike Zodiac, I undstand Ribcraft has actully sold some of these things. Rumor is Zodiac has sold two to private users but unloaded a couple demo boats to a government agency that needed 7m quickly. Also heard that Zodiac will soon retire the CZ7 as it's been such a loser for them (though in typcial French fashion it will quietly fade away).
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Old 20 July 2006, 14:36   #19
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Zodiac did a nice job copying the Ribcraft (USA) Mitigator that was introduced a full year before the CZ7. http://www.ribcraftusa.com/mit/

Unlike Zodiac, I undstand Ribcraft has actully sold some of these things. Rumor is Zodiac has sold two to private users but unloaded a couple demo boats to a government agency that needed 7m quickly. Also heard that Zodiac will soon retire the CZ7 as it's been such a loser for them (though in typcial French fashion it will quietly fade away).

There is actually a bloke on here(in Wales) who has a CZ7 - and no doubt loads of cash!!!

Nice boat but not exactly good value for money???
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Old 20 July 2006, 18:54   #20
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Zodiac did not copy ribcraft. The CZ7 is modelled after zodiac hurricanes which have been in production for over 25 years.

They were first built on Vancouver Island in Sidney by Oceanus Re-Enforced Plastics. They were then picked up by Zodiac and have been building the hulls for zodiac ever since. The hulls then go to the Zodiac Hurricane plant where they are fitted with toobs etc.

The zodiac hurricanes can not be compared to the french made zodiacs they are a total different class of boat.

The CZ7 is basically exactly the same as the Hurricane 733, but done up for the general public. Most of the hurricanes are sold to the US navy Coast guard etc.

I have run the 640, 733, 753, zodiac hurricanes as well as the Ribcraft mitigator and in rough seas there is no comparison.
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