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Old 05 April 2013, 18:31   #1
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Ex Navy Zodiac FC 470 / FC 530?

Hi has anyone had any experience with the ex navy FC? anything to look for? what would be a good price for a 2003-2005 SIB? I am more tempted by the 530 for diving space but the 470 may be better handled for regular deflating and with launching wheels right?
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Check the interconnecting valves, seams etc and test run....
I have a 530 with a custom fibreglass deck and its fantastic for space.
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Check the interconnecting valves, seams etc and test run....
I have a 530 with a custom fibreglass deck and its fantastic for space.
Would like to see a picture some time mate.

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I would love an FC470, I already have the engine and the tanks etc, just waiting for a boat now.....

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I would love an FC470, I already have the engine and the tanks etc, just waiting for a boat now.....

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I won't be selling mine any time soon!

I looked at shipping a second hand one over from the US but it wasn't much better than the really good price I got for a new one from turbodiesel. Have you spoken to him?

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Here are some points to consider that apply to both of these SIBs:

To haul either an FC470 or FC530 along with a suitable motor, fuel & accessories, you will need either:

a) A car or SUV with either a modified boat trailer or modified flat deck trailer (for an assembled boat) or a utility trailer (for a disassembled boat).

b) A full size pick up truck (disassembled boat).

With the utility trailer or pick up box options (where assembly & disassembly are required with each use) you also will likely want another person to assist, to speed things up. It can be done solo, but is much slower). You should also have a high speed electric air pump that is capable of 5 psi.

A small hand crane for unloading & loading the boat and motor from the pickup or trailer box to the ground will be necessary unless you are quite strong. Even if you were very strong, the on board crane would be far safer and more pleasant to use than trying to hoist disassembled components that weigh 200-250 lbs such as the motor and the transom-fabric portion of the boat.

For manual launching, if you have a pair of transom launching wheels, you will also need a 3rd wheel under the bow.

If launching on anything other than paved or concrete ramps, you will need wheels with turf/balloon/beach style tires (eg. the 19" diameter wheeleez type) at both the transom and bow (you would have to fabricate these, since no currently made production launching wheels use them).

If needing to manually move the boat any substantial distance from your vehicle to the water edge, you will be better off with a beach launching cart (with 4-6 beach wheels) rather than launching wheels.
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I won't be selling mine any time soon!

I looked at shipping a second hand one over from the US but it wasn't much better than the really good price I got for a new one from turbodiesel. Have you spoken to him?

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Yeah, he's looking out for one for me, but I have no idea how much they are worth. I bought turbodiesels twatsu 50 off him so I'm ready to go....
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Here are some points to consider that apply to both of these SIBs:

To haul either an FC470 or FC530 along with a suitable motor, fuel & accessories, you will need either:

a) A car or SUV with either a modified boat trailer or modified flat deck trailer (for an assembled boat) or a utility trailer (for a disassembled boat).

b) A full size pick up truck (disassembled boat).

With the utility trailer or pick up box options (where assembly & disassembly are required with each use) you also will likely want another person to assist, to speed things up. It can be done solo, but is much slower). You should also have a high speed electric air pump that is capable of 5 psi.

A small hand crane for unloading & loading the boat and motor from the pickup or trailer box to the ground will be necessary unless you are quite strong. Even if you were very strong, the on board crane would be far safer and more pleasant to use than trying to hoist disassembled components that weigh 200-250 lbs such as the motor and the transom-fabric portion of the boat.

For manual launching, if you have a pair of transom launching wheels, you will also need a 3rd wheel under the bow.

If launching on anything other than paved or concrete ramps, you will need wheels with turf/balloon/beach style tires (eg. the 19" diameter wheeleez type) at both the transom and bow (you would have to fabricate these, since no currently made production launching wheels use them).

If needing to manually move the boat any substantial distance from your vehicle to the water edge, you will be better off with a beach launching cart (with 4-6 beach wheels) rather than launching wheels.
Many thanks for the detailed reply, I have never had a SIB and was mostly attracted by the idea that I could put one on a utility trailer on top of the motor and then use the transom launching wheels to launch it...I have 2 wide/rigid beach wheels from a sail beach-cat project which could also turn useful but I can not visualize the bow wheel, do you have any pics I could see?


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Check the interconnecting valves, seams etc and test run....
I have a 530 with a custom fibreglass deck and its fantastic for space.
Thanks, I will look at that. I have seen several posts of people having difficulties in finding the templates or measures for the rigid decks, how did you get yours?

I am now based in panama and I am not sure how much it would cost to get one from the US but a 2003-2005 FC470/530 ex navy seals and in ok conditions is about 2500-3000$ does that sound good to you or it is a bit too old? and I may end up getting 250lb of problems?
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The first picture below is a picture the zodiac version of a bow wheel, which I'm pretty sure is intended for much lighter boats than FC 470s & 530s.

This site may give you some ideas as well (esp toward the bottom of the page):

CastleCraft Trailex Universal* Beach Launching Dolly for Boats, Canoes, Kayaks, Sunfish, Laser, Zodiac Style Inflatable, Zuma, Snark Sailboats

If I were to start fresh in designing a trailer system for my 4.7m SIB, I would have started by designing a 6-wheel beach cart (which could be easily dis-assembled so I could easily put it in the boat). From their a flat deck trailer with folding ramps that the cart could be pulled upon. The trailer would also have rails which would support the cart's frame thereby taking the weight of the boat & cart off of the cart's wheels.
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Thanks, interesting bow wheels, My solid beach wheels would probably be very suitable...has any of you fitted any suitable transom wheels on the 470 or 530?
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