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Old 31 August 2012, 12:15   #1
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Zodiac 733 rebuild

Hi,

I thought I'd make a thread for my zodiac refurb. It should be a quick one for now.

Picture one as she was unloaded form the flat bed she arrived on. Notice there is no bow post on trailer, not good on a roller trailer.

I then proceeded to get the tubes off and get the console out with the help of a buddy with a big fork lift.

Jason
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Old 31 August 2012, 12:23   #2
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So the plan is to go outboard(s). I have the plans for the bracket and a talented fabricator with a CNC plasma table.

I also need to figure out how to carry passengers. step one is to cut a foot or two off the front of the console so the forward portion isn't so big. It should make a nice bench seat for two. I'm not sure if I should move the console forward when I do that or gain deck space up front? I'd like to put a leaning post in but then I'm not sure if I have space for seating behind that.

Related to that I'd like a big cooler for fish. Option 1 is to put it against the transom and use it for seating as well. Option 2 is to perhaps build one below decks. With the engine gone there looks to be a ton of room under there.

Well that the thinking. The doing starts this weekend with 25 years of military bilge grime and a pressure sprayer and lots of soap.

Jason
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I also need to figure out how to carry passengers.
I vote for bungie cords to the tubes.
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Old 31 August 2012, 13:24   #4
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I vote for bungie cords to the tubes.
Enough bungie cords for 150% of your capacity if you want to pass your COI.
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Old 31 August 2012, 14:58   #5
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that a lot of bungie, navy said I can hold 18 people....

On the ice chest front I just discovered that insulated fish bags are all the rage for the last few years. I think I'll go that route, more flexible space, cheaper, easier.

I forgot I need a leaning post with either food size cooler or scuba tank storage or both.

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So how does the stock fuel tank come out? Either I need to get the hoses off or the piece of deck above them.
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Old 31 August 2012, 21:18   #7
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Hey man,
Welcome to the RIBNET. The possibilities for your project are endlessss! Instead of cutting your console shorter, you could hinge the seat section and put a toilet down there, since you'll be doing tours. For my 733 project I plan to make the section foreward of my inboard as a multi purpose storage depending on weather I'm fishing diving or booze-cruisin. My buddy uses a fish bag here in Hawaii and on longer trips the ice melts pretty quick.
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Old 02 September 2012, 22:18   #8
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The beauty of the 733 is that deck plates are easy to remove. If yours is like mine, you'll probably find only a small 48 gallon fuel tank forward for the diesel. You'll need to use up a bunch of the aft below deck space for another fuel tank if you're running twin outboards.
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you'll probably find only a small 48 gallon fuel tank forward for the diesel. \
I found a tank that looks to be a lot smaller. I was wondering about adding a second tank or even moving the new tank back to where the diesel used to be but I wasn't sure what they would do to the balance of the boat or if it would affect planing or anything.

It's an odd number day so I am leaning towards a single engine and a kicker today

Any thoughts?

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I found a tank that looks to be a lot smaller. I was wondering about adding a second tank or even moving the new tank back to where the diesel used to be but I wasn't sure what they would do to the balance of the boat or if it would affect planing or anything.

Any thoughts?

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Willard put in 34.6 gallon diesel tanks (for the couple of boats I've seen) and the only 733/Cummins/Konrad that I've seen had a 60 gallon tank.
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