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Old 24 March 2008, 07:30   #1
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Zodiac 733 O/B is it worth it?

Thinking on buying a Zodiac 733 with twin 115hp O/B, I am really new to RIB's and this boat has the tubes missing... is it even worth looking into??
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Old 24 March 2008, 08:24   #2
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If you're considering the one at auction on GL it appears to be in reasonable condition and could serve you well - especially as a dive boat. The pictures don't show the deck or structural details, but if you have basic skills to make any necessary repairs it could be a great boat and well suited to your sea conditions. A new set of tubes should cost around $8-12k, plus shipping. I would suggest inspecting it to see if there are any unseen problems, such as a split hull and transom problems, and the motors - if not, it looks like it wouldn't take much to get it in the water. I'm reconditioning two similar boats now and they're uncomplicated to work on and there are many people on this forum who could offer help. good luck with it.....
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Old 24 March 2008, 17:03   #3
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Yes, it is the RIB on GL. I live in the area and was thinking on picking it up for the trailer only but when I looked at the Boat it looked like the hull was made out of aluminum and might be a good Boat. The Boat looked like it had a side door, any ideas if that could be replaced?
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Old 24 March 2008, 20:03   #4
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If the hull is aluminum and it had a side door it would be a very uncommon version of the 733, and very interesting to work on. If, after checking it out, you decide you remain interested in the trailer but not the boat please let me know...perhaps we could work out something together to recondition it for local resale (if the bidding is low) - I would enjoy the possibility of getting back out into the Pacific for a while. If you want the boat also I definately would not bid against you, and would be happy to offer any advice you might find useful. If you prefer, contact me directly at sunrider@lisco.com.
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Old 25 March 2008, 01:36   #5
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What is GL?

Is it an auction website?
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Old 25 March 2008, 09:20   #6
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Your answer

Government liquidation, it's an online auction website, they sell a lot of fixer uppers and some that are complete junk. Pick and choose carefully and you may find a gem! http://www.govliquidation.com/
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Old 25 March 2008, 17:13   #7
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Another interesting site for project ribs is GSA auctions. Right now they have five 24 ft willards up for bid. http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/aucitsrh/ will get you to the boats. A couple don't look too bad. GSA tends to have better condition boats then the GL site. As always, buyer beware, what you see is what get, sometimes worse.

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Old 25 March 2008, 21:35   #8
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I bought a Zodiac Hurricane 630 on Gov Liquidation. The tubes needed a lot of wrok, I got about $2,000 into repairs into them but that was cheaper than spending $10,000 on a new set. You really have to inspect the boats. Plan on having all the fuel tanks pumped out and cleaned, and the engines completely rebuilt or replaced, and the fuel lines replaced.

If you have to repower the whole boat and buy new tubes, you are looking at $30,000 to get this up and running. You can get a nice used RIB that is a couple of years old in the 22 to 24 foot range for $30 to $50 k so keep that in mind when you bid.
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Old 25 March 2008, 22:24   #9
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I bought a Zodiac Hurricane 630 on Gov Liquidation. The tubes needed a lot of wrok, I got about $2,000 into repairs into them but that was cheaper than spending $10,000 on a new set. You really have to inspect the boats. Plan on having all the fuel tanks pumped out and cleaned, and the engines completely rebuilt or replaced, and the fuel lines replaced.

If you have to repower the whole boat and buy new tubes, you are looking at $30,000 to get this up and running. You can get a nice used RIB that is a couple of years old in the 22 to 24 foot range for $30 to $50 k so keep that in mind when you bid.
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Interesting and realistic info. I would be interested in what you had to do and spend on the tubes. I am in the process of repairing mine and have probably spent $500 so far. Plus about 150 hours of work but they are nearly done.
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Old 25 March 2008, 22:38   #10
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where are the people in this country who specialize in repairs?

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Interesting and realistic info. I would be interested in what you had to do and spend on the tubes. I am in the process of repairing mine and have probably spent $500 so far. Plus about 150 hours of work but they are nearly done.
Cheers, T.
Just thought I would add this as a comment, I don't think I have ever seen anyone in the U.S.A. who does repair work on rib sponsons post on this forum? Now maybe they don't know about Ribnet but it seems with the internet age they surely would have located it by now?? Seems curious to me, personally I am fairly persistent and resourceful as most people on this forum and was able to figure out where to go to or how to repair my boat but it seems there could be quite a bit of money made for the right person who threw out their business card on this forum... What do ya think?
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