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Old 03 July 2010, 11:51   #1
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Zodiac FC530 Inflatable Assault Craft for sale - NEW w/full factory warranty

Two units available.

Bought these for a Municipality whose funding fell through and they could not go ahead with the purchase. Their loss is your gain. I would like to turn them into cash that I can invest in other boats now.

They are both brand new, although they were purchased as leftovers from Zodiac's Mil-Pro Division.

2007 Zodiac Futura Commando FC530 IAB Zodiac P/N Z80309
Product Link: http://www.defender.com/ProductDisplay?prodnum=454744

Original list price was $25,286.63. Selling these two for $14,500.00 each. Cash, check or wire only.

I can send you any info that you would like, including the technical data sheets from the factory, if that helps you in your purchase decision. Images are also available.

Length 17' 5"
Beam 7' 0"
Hull Weight 408 lbs
Maximum Motor Weight 308 lbs
Capacity: 12 persons (3770 lbs)
Maximum power allowed 80 hp (long shaft)
Tube Diameter 23" (Separate Air Chambers 5 + 2 + 1)

Fabric:
Buoyancy Tubes: 1670 Decitex, Polyester, Hypalon-Neoprene
Speed Tubes: 940 Decitex, Polyamide, Hypalon-Neoprene
Bottom: 940 Decitex, Polyamide, Hypalon-Neoprene
Factory Warranty: 5 years

Standard features include:
Futura hull with inflatable keel and speed tubes
Non-skid rigid aluminum floor
Heavy duty anodized aluminum stringers
Bow thrust board and bow board, wood with anti-skid paint
Reinforced plywood transom with bottom edge stainless steel protection
Ovoid reinforcement on tube transom attachments
Four bailers
Intercommunicating inflation valves
Tear drop rub rail
Rubbing strakes for beaching on keel and tubes
Lateral carry handles (webbing with Gorilla hose grip on Hypalon)
Exterior lifelines (peripheral)
Interior lifelines
Reinforcing patches on interior tubes
Two pilot handles
Bow handle (plated brass with black coating)
Two large tow rings fore and aft
Transom lifting points
Bow lifting points
Interior large tie down D-rings (thirteen)
Foot bellows with hose
Repair kit with pressure gauge (no adhesive)
Cylinder sheath
Fuel tank tie down
Bow storage bag, removable, splash proof
Nine paddles
Storage bags

Contact: Stephan Lance, 860-701-3400 x.100

Defender is an authorized Zodiac dealer and an Authorized CT Marine Dealer.
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Old 14 July 2010, 10:10   #2
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Futura Commando FC530 IAB images Zodiac #Z80309

Thought maybe these would help you see what the product is.

Images of the boat and a PDF copy of Zodiac's Technical Data Sheet for that model boat.

Stephan
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Old 15 July 2010, 03:29   #3
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The speed tubes on the pictured boat are different than the one in the .pdf, different model?
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Old 15 July 2010, 07:11   #4
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Speed Tube variance in image

Capntroy,
You are correct. I was trying to convey what the speed tubes are as a few folks don't know. The speed tubes in the image I used (which was from Zodiac's gallery) is of an older Heavy Duty. The FC530 IAB has tubes that are further out below the tubes and they inflate when you inflate the main tubes.

The pictures below are of the FC420 & FC470, which show the FC530 Speed Tube style. The other pic was the only bottom shot I had that showed what speed tubes are.

Than you for pointing it out.

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No problem, good luck with the sale, that's an excellent price and if I didn't already have two 470's and two 530's, I'd be all over one...
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Looks to be a very good offer, but like capntroy, I've already got a few SIBs from 4.7m and shorter. With regard to my 4.7m SIB (somewhat similar in design to that of an FC-470), I do sometimes wish that I had ordered the 5.3m version for the extra bit of space & capacity.

In my opinion, 5.3m is the optimal length for maximum versatility with this type of heavy duty SIB. Amazing payload capacity & lots of space for bulky gear. While quite capable in large open water, a 5.3m SIB is still compact enough to negotiate tricky, shallow rapid intensive rivers where the ability maneuver side to side instantly is necessary. Also the soft hull allows you to run up these sorts of rivers which would chew up a fiberglass or aluminum hulled RIB.
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What size/type outboard would best suit the FC530? Are 4 strokes to heavy? If max size/weight is 80hp/308lbs then Mercury's 60hp 4stroke would come in just under max weight but what sort of speed would that give?

Interestingly Merc's smallest 2 stroke, the 75hp Optimax is over 100lbs heavier than the 60hp 4stroke at 375lbs

I see suzuki's 3 cylinder 4 stroke range goes up to 60hp (230lbs), extremely light, compare that to a 60hp 2cylinder Etec which is 240lbs.

Any thoughts anyone? what do you commonly see on these boats?

Ribs I know a bit about but sibs are a foreign language to me!
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I believe alot of militarys use single 55hp E-TECs (specialized versions) on the FC-470s and twin 30s on the FC-530s
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