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Old 13 August 2010, 15:05   #1
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Looking to purchase a zodiac futura

Hi I am interested in purchasing a zodiac futura mark III with the upgraded seats with console and a 60hp yamaha along with a trailer..... I was quoted $15,630 u.s. for all of that. I have never purchased one of these new just a used 10ft zodiac many years ago that I loved dearly it was a 94 and used it till the floor started to seperate then tossed it.

If anyone has any opinions on the boat or price I was quoted that would be great. Thank you.....Greg
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Old 14 August 2010, 06:46   #2
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Any reason you're looking at a SIB instead of a RIB? The Zodiac Futura Mk III is 4.5m long. I'd only consider it with aluminium floor (HD specification). Should fly with a Yammie 60hp on the back - that's the maximum hp rating for the transom. What's the principle use of the boat, how many people on board, sea or lake, etc?

Tube material with be Strongan (PVC). I know Zodiac are making some leisure boats in hypalon - such as Pro RIB series. Comes with 5 year warranty as standard.

Price wise, in the UK the Futura is 4,500 for seating and console, up to 1k for a decent galvanised trailer, and around 6,500 for a new Yamaha F60. Total: 12k. US currency conversion: $18,730.

Used to have a Zodiac GT and a Pro. Fantastic boats, well made with good dealer network. Accessory price-list will make your eyes water though. Only moved away from the brand for deeper V hull for rough weather use.
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Old 14 August 2010, 08:27   #3
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It was the one with aluminum floor......It will be primarily used on the chesapeake bay in calm water creeks and near shore for fishing/crabbing maybe tubing and just cruising around. I also plan on using when I travel if there is water nearby to explore small creeks/rivers. I would usually have 2 people at most 4 on board. No particular reason I was considering a SIB I just really like the look or the futura mark III with the console it just seems like a decent layout as far as the seating goes. If you could suggest a different model that would be great. I would prefer new as these boats in the U.S. are kinda hard to come by, that is anything larger then about 9ft. I would be open to a rib but prefer to keep the price around 15,000 us dollars.

I was looking at a 26ft sonic performance boat but am starting to realize that I would most likely get more use out of a zodiac.....Other then traveling long distances and going far from shore,,,,
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It was the one with aluminum floor......It will be primarily used on the chesapeake bay in calm water creeks and near shore for fishing/crabbing maybe tubing and just cruising around.
Even with the aluminium floor, you can deflate and disassemble for general maintenance. The oversized tubes give the boat fantastic bouyancy and the speed tubes underneath are a key design feature. I used both of my Zodiacs on the west coast in the Atlantic and always felt safe, even with a decent swell.

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I also plan on using when I travel if there is water nearby to explore small creeks/rivers. I would usually have 2 people at most 4 on board. No particular reason I was considering a SIB I just really like the look or the futura mark III with the console it just seems like a decent layout as far as the seating goes. If you could suggest a different model that would be great. I would prefer new as these boats in the U.S. are kinda hard to come by, that is anything larger then about 9ft. I would be open to a rib but prefer to keep the price around 15,000 us dollars.
They're easier to come by over here, but more in the older design style. Easy to tow, launch and recover. However with a 110kg F60 on the back and 25-50 litres of fuel on board, if you are high and dry with a retreating tide, you're there to stay!

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I was looking at a 26ft sonic performance boat but am starting to realize that I would most likely get more use out of a zodiac.....Other then traveling long distances and going far from shore,,,,
I agree - small is better. A 26' boat is fine for open water runs, but the Zodiac is the one that wil put a grin on your face.
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"I agree - small is better. A 26' boat is fine for open water runs, but the Zodiac is the one that wil put a grin on your face."


My regular vessel has not turned a wheel (also on a trailer) in the three seasons since we picked up the Futura.

Funny, the Futura was initially purchased as an inshore, messing around fishing boat, and the bigger vessel was kept for the serious stuff!

The smile factor cannot be underestimated, and the trip distances keep on growing!
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Old 17 August 2010, 10:18   #6
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Defender Marine is clearing out some new Zodiac G470s (the black military version of the Futura Mark III with inflatable floors) for $ 3995.00 Here is a link.


http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37135

With a budget around 15,000 - 16,000 there are other (more durable, higher performance) SIB options in that size range worth considering.
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With a budget around 15,000 - 16,000 there are other (more durable, higher performance) SIB options in that size range worth considering.
Well give him (and me) a clue....

No tiller jobs / silly jockey consoles, mind. ;-)
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Well give him (and me) a clue....

No tiller jobs / silly jockey consoles, mind. ;-)
Well you could get a slightly used zodiac FC-470 for about the price of a new futura Mark III. Same size and general design, but made of heavy hypalon, which will be considerably more durable than PVC.

For a little bit more money (~ $ 10,000 US), you could get a brand new South African built SIB, such as a Gemini Dive 470 or 530 (very high end stuff), made of heavy hypalon. That leaves about $5,000-6,000 for the outboard & trailer. Figure about $ 700-1,000 for a good condition used trailer and ~ $4,000-5,000 for a very good condition used outboard in the 50-60hp range.

For most SIBS (and especially if use in large waves or whitewater) tiller/jockey seat setups will provide far better boat control than low slung bench seat & steering wheel setups. It will also gobble up less space. The bench seat/steering console setup of the PVC futuras is directed toward the recreational boaters for light duty applications. For heavier duty applications, Zodiac's military/professional division has some nifty jockey seat/console set ups
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Forgot to include a link to what zodiac offers;

http://www.zodiacmilpro.com/product/...20sequence.pdf
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Those sibs look like great purpose built boats, they also don't look very refined to me and although the jockey console may be better in certain circumstances the recreational futura just looks more refined, especially if 3 or more people will be going. I will be using the boat almost as a second boat or toy as my family has a much larger 37ft cabin crusier. I will be fishing/crabbing and crusing around to local restaurants and bars maybe some tubing with friends. I wish i could get it made out of hypalon but can't. It is very hard to find somewhere locally to buy these things, the place I found even has to order the futura for me.

My father is constantly telling me I am wasting my money on a blow up boat and trying to convince me to get the 26ft sonic or a 23ft center console. Anyone got any pointers or advice to help me convince him the futura is worth it........I am buy this on my own but want him to feel comfortable using it....What kind of conditions can this recreational mark III futura with 60hp handle......Thanks everyone
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