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Old 28 March 2015, 00:28   #1
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OTech 7m V. Willard730/H733 hull performance and build quality?.

Looking at purchasing either one of these boats. Is there much difference in hull performance? And is the OTech built fairly well? Any advantages over one or the other? Thanks in advance!
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Old 28 March 2015, 07:32   #2
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I don't know much about the boat itself but I have a spare set of tubes in good shape.
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They were all essentially built for the same government specs so any differences should be just shades of gray. I've never heard of anybody unhappy with any of them. Hopefully Ryan Pratt will be along. He's got Willards and zodiacs, not sure if he's had hands on with an Otech. There seem to be fewer otechs so not sure if that means less parts.

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Old 28 March 2015, 12:22   #4
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Yes, that's right . I think Otechs are 6" wider on the overall beam, than Willard/Zodiac. Which I would guess would give it slightly better handling in your more extreme conditions. I read here somewhere that there is only 5 in civilians hands! Is that right? Do the government keep Otechs longer or refurbish them, or were there just not as many in production? There is of course the obvious differences in the chines, but are they the same dead rise aft.?
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I think the otechs were newer and haven't aged out the the auctions yet.

No clue on the specifics.

There was a rebuild thread for one on here. He wanted to buy my transom cap

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Old 28 March 2015, 12:43   #6
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Thanks Jason, hoping Ryan Pratt or Warefarerib might shed some light. They stripped motor and leg out of this boat which is a bit of a bumma!
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Can't think of his name right now but the guy that put the cummins in his Willard might have a leftover leg.
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Are you thinking of Clloyd . I did inquire about that leg some time ago and might follow that up if I end up with the boat! Thanks for reminding me. Just looking at your 733 rebuild Jason, are you happy with the handling of the boat with Outboard in rough water? Have you ever compared it with an inboard ? Deciding weather in or outboard!
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I have seen Otech's but have never ridden in one. I have several Willards and Zodiacs and prefer the Willard for quality of construction, but having said that the Zodiacs are amazing boats i would be happy with either. The Willards and Zodiacs handle great wit OB power but make sure you extend the hull don't just use a bracket as it will destroy the ride and handling of the boat. PM me if you have any specific questions i would be happy to chat and let you know what i have done and what does and does not work for me.
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Yep. It was Clloyd's leg I was thinking of.

Define rough water. I don't go out in really rough stuff. I've been out in a small craft advisory up here, 20kt winds with a couple foot wind chop and 6-8 foot swell. I could only do low 20s mph comfortably. If you are tough enough you can go faster. Although the hull doesn't slam. I would brace for it and it would just kind of ease down. What these boats (7m) can do and what I'd ever be willing to do are two vastly different things. Guys like Ryan who use them professionally have to go places we could chose not to. My goal was a boat that could cross the channel to Catalina when the afternoon winds started blowing and was big enough for radar and to dive four people comfortably. This boat does that in spades. That being said it's more fun going 30+ in calm water in the morning

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