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Old 12 December 2014, 10:18   #1
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New (to me...) hurricane 533!

Well, after three years of searching for a hurricane I finally got one!

ex coast guard Zodiac hurricane 533 search and rescue with twin engine transom/spalshwell, 2 man jockey, self righting arch and rear tow post. I really wanted something in the 630 or 640 size, but hurricanes are rare here and this one came up for auction with all the options I wanted so I pulled the trigger.

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picking boat up from coast guard...



I have located the 75hp engine and rigging that came off it, its a 2001 merc 4 stroke. Trying to decide between buying that back or outfitting with a set of newer twin 40's. Any thoughts?

The tubes also have a slow leak which I have not been able to locate (boat is now in storage for the winter). They are dirty but seem to be in pretty good shape. Hopefully just a leaky valve. I'll try refurbishing them in the spring. If required does anyone know where I might locate a used tube set for a 533? Not many 533's around but it seems to be identical to the more common 540 in every way.
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Old 12 December 2014, 10:20   #2
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Old 12 December 2014, 11:12   #3
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I have located the 75hp engine and rigging that came off it, its a 2001 merc 4 stroke. Trying to decide between buying that back or outfitting with a set of newer twin 40's. Any thoughts?
If you're looking for roughly the same performance, you'd have to go bigger on the twins; at least 50's, maybe more. Lot more weight, lot more stuff in the water.

Your boat is roughly the same size as mine (mines about 18') and I'm running a single F115.

Congrats on the boat, though; look forward to seeing what happens come springtime.

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Nice! Does the ID plate say its a 533? I only ask because the 533 I had (and several others that I have seen) had a different hull shape...more like a shallow triple chine in the back end.
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Old 13 December 2014, 09:46   #5
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I don't have the I'd plate, coast guard said they took it of when they converter the aluminum transom cap/splash well part from twin to single engine and it got lost. I do have the documentation for the original boat though and it says 533. I have found drawings for the 540 and it matches my boat in every way. I have also found some drawings for the 533s (solas approved) and that is a little wider then my boat, a little shorter, and has a cathedral type hull. I think at some point maybe the 533 became the 540?
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Old 13 December 2014, 10:27   #6
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If you're looking for roughly the same performance, you'd have to go bigger on the twins; at least 50's, maybe more. Lot more weight, lot more stuff in the water.

Your boat is roughly the same size as mine (mines about 18') and I'm running a single F115.

Congrats on the boat, though; look forward to seeing what happens come springtime.

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The documentation says she is rated for maximum 90hp with a max weight of transom of 450 lbs. so twin 50's is going exceed both the horsepower rating and the weight limit. Seems like Even twin 40's are going to be close too or slightly above the weight limit.

I believe I have seen some 540's with 115hp ratings though. Maybe newer models were reinforced for the extra weight of 4 strokes.
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Yeah it looks like a 540, which is good because its a lot better than the 533 in rough water. Completely different hull design. I sold my 533 because it slapped too hard. It was nice and wide though. Your boat looks great! There has been a 540 for sale on ebay and craigslist here in California and I always wanted to pick it up but they are asking way too much. Keep us updated with pics!
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The documentation says she is rated for maximum 90hp with a max weight of transom of 450 lbs. so twin 50's is going exceed both the horsepower rating and the weight limit.
Sort of. Weight, well that's kind of a given.

As far as thrust, you lose about a quarter to third of the total rated hp when running twins, so twin 50's will give you the thrust of about 60-75 hp.

Don't know about the ratings on your boat or the newer ones, but I'd (personally) go with a single of near max rated hp (unless there's some compelling reason to do otherwise - long trips away from assistance, for instance.)

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Nice unit! A friend has an ancient old beast that's in a terrible state due to neglect, but it's a nice little boat.

I agree with John... go with the max size single she's rated for, unless there's a compelling reason not to, such as plans to circumnavigate "The Rock". When I got my 590 I went through this same conundrum and ended up with a single.

Basically you are trading off some piece of mind against much higher maintenance and running costs, a reduction in top speed, more weight etc.

In my experience (and I don't think I'm unusual) most "engine" problems are either battery or fuel related anyway, so unless you're planning on separate batteries and fuel supply, that "piece of mind" might be really small!
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