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Old 13 July 2013, 14:30   #11
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@ J@mes: I sent an email regarding the 37 mph to Defender Marine the zodiac dealer where I got my furura. He basically said, oh that does not mean it will go 37, but that is the max speed of the hull. Also, he said that speed notation was footnoted, saying it was a professional driver with a special prop. I was like HUH? Then he went on to say that they didn't have specific performance charts on that boat, so he couldnt even recommend a prop to use.

Also Zodiac of North America has absolutely no links for product support at all. You have to contact the dealers. I cant believe they dont have performance data from the R&D section of Zodiac. Its not like this boat is a brand new design.
The dealers and manufacturers of want to be very careful about throwing out performance numbers, because there are alot of variables which can drastically affect a SIB's performance. What they determine to be the optimal motor height, trim & prop selection for the Mark II HDs they trial could be very different from what is optimal for you, depending on the load and water conditions you are dealing with.
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Old 13 July 2013, 16:04   #12
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Almost dialed in, need to raise the WOT rpms a bit. Im only at 4900, my mechanic said we should be around 5500 to 5800. I dont think it will hurt the motor, but Im guessing dropping the pitch down to 20 may be the answer.
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Old 13 July 2013, 16:27   #13
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The dealers and manufacturers of want to be very careful about throwing out performance numbers, because there are alot of variables which can drastically affect a SIB's performance. What they determine to be the optimal motor height, trim & prop selection for the Mark II HDs they trial could be very different from what is optimal for you, depending on the load and water conditions you are dealing with.

Ya makes sense. In this sue happy world in the states, it could be a liability too.
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Old 13 July 2013, 16:34   #14
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Old 13 July 2013, 16:38   #15
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Anyone know if they make clips to fit the rails on the deck? I need to strap down the fuel tank and the battery. I may look into some type of deck locker/seat to secure them better? I had read about moving all that stuff more forward, but really I dont seem to have any hole shot issues.
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Anyone know if they make clips to fit the rails on the deck? I need to strap down the fuel tank and the battery. I may look into some type of deck locker/seat to secure them better? I had read about moving all that stuff more forward, but really I dont seem to have any hole shot issues.

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Nice rig,bet the hole-shot really is something with the 50.
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Old 13 July 2013, 20:57   #17
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Nice rig,bet the hole-shot really is something with the 50.

Awesome thanks for the link! I cant say enough good things about the etec. No break-in time, or scheduled maintenance for 3 years. Its a beast. And the futura is amazing, we get quite bit of chop here where I live due to a lot of south winds but she's stable in it. You're not going to cut any diamonds while underway, but I kind of think its fun.. hah hah. It is definitely better than my friends fiberglass 14' skiff for sure. I was a bit let down at first, but it was all about the prop and the engine height that made the difference. I couldn't be happier now.
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Old 13 July 2013, 23:47   #18
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@ J@mes: I sent an email regarding the 37 mph to Defender Marine the zodiac dealer where I got my furura. He basically said, oh that does not mean it will go 37, but that is the max speed of the hull. Also, he said that speed notation was footnoted, saying it was a professional driver with a special prop. I was like HUH? Then he went on to say that they didn't have specific performance charts on that boat, so he couldnt even recommend a prop to use.

Also Zodiac of North America has absolutely no links for product support at all. You have to contact the dealers. I cant believe they dont have performance data from the R&D section of Zodiac. Its not like this boat is a brand new design.
What a load of bull! Your stealer would say that! Zodiac have a small print from memory regarding their quoted speeds and it says something like, max speeds were achieved with the maximum HP allowed, ideal conditions, no load and a single passenger who is a professional. Well this is obvious, but 25 mph is no where near 37 mph!!! It's obvious the stealer has not set your boat up correctly whatsoever, whether its engine height and/or prop selection!


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Awesome thanks for the link! I cant say enough good things about the etec. No break-in time, or scheduled maintenance for 3 years. Its a beast. And the futura is amazing, we get quite bit of chop here where I live due to a lot of south winds but she's stable in it. You're not going to cut any diamonds while underway, but I kind of think its fun.. hah hah. It is definitely better than my friends fiberglass 14' skiff for sure. I was a bit let down at first, but it was all about the prop and the engine height that made the difference. I couldn't be happier now.
I take it you have raised the outboard and changed your prop?! What speed are you seeing now? Your latest video looks good, the water is sooooo calm!!!
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My MKII HD Futura Sport GT runs faster in fairly heavy chop, as in 1-2ft. It will pick up a couple miles per hour as it skips around on the water.
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You'll find a load of peeps on here will say never to tie off with the tube cleats.

Its light winds / chop so you'll probably be OK. BUT when you jump aboard you may put a load of load on the cleat. Over time it may damage the cleat/tube joint and its then a mare to repair.

Do you have eye bolts on the transom? e.g. for towing? If so a piece of rope between the two eyes too short to get near the prop and then attach your spring to that?
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