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Old 10 March 2009, 14:05   #1
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My boat and a question

After a few attempts i was able to become a member (YES!).
Guys i bought a 22 year old Zodiac a month ago. It is in good shape, and i assume it is a Zodiac Mark1 C , here is the photo http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=gx1fwFxi http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=Pq2I9a_0 .
It is a 3.10 meters boat.
Please do not hesitate to comment if it is NOT Mark1 C , i'd appreciate any help identifying.
I am thinking of a 2 stroke 3,5 HP Tohatsu ( budget budget!) . I just fish 200 -300 meters from the shore.
Do you think 3,5 would be enough?
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Old 10 March 2009, 16:34   #2
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After a few attempts i was able to become a member (YES!).
Guys i bought a 22 year old Zodiac a month ago. It is in good shape, and i assume it is a Zodiac Mark1 C , here is the photo http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=gx1fwFxi http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=Pq2I9a_0 .
It is a 3.10 meters boat.
Please do not hesitate to comment if it is NOT Mark1 C , i'd appreciate any help identifying.
I am thinking of a 2 stroke 3,5 HP Tohatsu ( budget budget!) . I just fish 200 -300 meters from the shore.
Do you think 3,5 would be enough?
very nice SIB ,were would you be fishing? depends on tide runs and the lilke ,i have a 2.70m with a marinar 3.3hp and i fish ,when i get out at hernbay area,minis in kent ,,,,,,,,,,i get about when weather fine with 2 of us ,not fast but i get out 400 yrd or so ,,,,,,,,,tide run NOT to bad ,im no expert but im sure your zodiac will take more hp and a little more ooph is better ,as my hp max is 6 ,hope this helps ,and welcome to the site
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Old 10 March 2009, 17:00   #3
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Welcome to Ribnet.

Nice looking boat. It is the wind and the current you have to watch. I would rather a bigger engine. My Quicksilver 3.1m has a 15hp and really flies but that is more than you need. I would say a 5 or 6 hp to be safe. It need not cost too much more or maybe consider a good used engine instead?

How deep is the water there? If not too deep make sure you get a good anchor - say a 5kg one. Don't bother with the folding type unless the bottom is rock - they are useless on sand.
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Old 10 March 2009, 23:15   #4
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That boat looks to be absolutely pristine! My first exposure to inflatable boats was around 1988ish, when my father, brother and I bought a used 1979 Zodiac Mark 1 C from the local Zodiac dealer. It had been previously used by the RCMP. Despite alot of very hard use, my brother and I still have that boat today, though it is in nothing like the condition of yours. I believe that boat is rated for up to 25 hp (2 stroke). You will need more than 3.5 hp to get on plane with one person. With 2 people and minimal gear you will need closer to 10 hp to get on plane.
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Old 10 March 2009, 23:56   #5
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That boat looks to be absolutely pristine! My first exposure to inflatable boats was around 1988ish, when my father, brother and I bought a used 1979 Zodiac Mark 1 C from the local Zodiac dealer. It had been previously used by the RCMP. Despite alot of very hard use, my brother and I still have that boat today, though it is in nothing like the condition of yours. I believe that boat is rated for up to 25 hp (2 stroke). You will need more than 3.5 hp to get on plane with one person. With 2 people and minimal gear you will need closer to 10 hp to get on plane.
Zodiac certainly made their leisure boats a lot better then than they do now!!!
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Old 11 March 2009, 01:19   #6
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Zodiac certainly made their leisure boats a lot better then than they do now!!!
Agreed!
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Old 11 March 2009, 04:36   #7
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and thank you. I was deeply stressed when i realized that i bought a 22 years old boat. Then i found out that it was a Mark 1 C , i made a quick search on google and found 3 boats on sale, all around 800 euros which is more than i paid.
Ok so i get the idea that i need a 5HP. I must start saving some money and make sure wifey doesn't know about this.

#The places that i fish is inshores not so far, say at most 400 yards.
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http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=PqAUYsS

#I bought a 5kg anchor , thanks for reminding.
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Old 11 March 2009, 09:30   #8
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ahh the old zodiac mk 1 brings back memories from the70s ,the boat lasted a lot longer than my hair did,last i heard the boat was it was still in use as a tender for a yacht at least up to about 3 years ago not bad for a boat built in 1969,
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Old 12 March 2009, 06:38   #9
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Respect is due - my wife would not let me keep my boat in the house!

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