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Old 03 October 2014, 07:19   #1
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Futura 4.2 FR owners please

Hi ribnet
I have a zodiac futura 4.2 air floor.
I am looking to buy a 25hp or 30hp outboard but still unsure what length is best.
Long, short,( standard, is that the same as short?).
The boat is 2006, so pointy cones, zodiac website only shows data for new boats.
Do the speed tubes affect the length needed, ie meauring transom height.

Iv posted before and got mixed advice, so really only want advice from owner/users of same boat so I can finally nail this question.
What do you use?
I will be using boat in coastal areas like Devon/Cornwall.
I have a 6hp that I use pottering on rivers and lakes.

Thanks for any advice
Andy
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Old 03 October 2014, 08:29   #2
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Andy I don't fit your tight spec of same boat owner but...

I have the 2002 Zodiac brochure in front of me which I believe is the same pointy cone range as yours.

For the Futura FR it gives all lengths as taking a short shaft.

For the 4.2m Futura Sport (with yellow composite floor) it gives a long shaft.

For the alloy floor Futura S it gives the 3.5 & 3.8 models as short shaft... the 4.2 & 4.7 models are long shaft.

I can see from the brochure images the FR model shown has a transom with cut down centre whereas the other models pictured (S & Sport models, perhaps the larger ones) have a transom that rises slightly from the tubes.

I wonder if yours has a central cut down area?
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Old 03 October 2014, 11:51   #3
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^ From his description my 1992 4.2m Futura Sport HD doesn't apply as I have a short shaft, and there is no rise in the transom, but rather a drop.
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I have had a couple of 4.2m Futuras's. Its only the newer models that take long shafts, all of the others were short.

Measure the height of your transom, if its 15" then its a short/standard shaft. If its 20" then its a long shaft.
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Old 03 October 2014, 16:06   #5
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Hi Freelander
Thankyou for your help, it's looking like I need a short shaft then, my transom is straight, no dip or rise, i will measure it tomorrow.
Short shaft would help as more choice in sh market.
Thanks for the other replies, confirming short shaft.
My boat has the high pressure floor.
Looking forward to a bit more speed!

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