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Old 23 May 2013, 16:03   #1
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Which Engine for Zodiac 3.25m Fastroller?

Hi folks thought I'd better post after a few weeks lurking. Just done my PB2, bought LJ's and a handheld radio.

After much prevaricating and reading on here I've finally decided to order a 3.25m Zodiac Fastroller.

I'll be using it mainly for fishing trips along the South Coast. I was originally going for a Classic but as I can't have a trailer the weight saving of the Activ-V finally swung it. The internal space is actually much the same as the classic but I didn't realise the max recommended power for the 325 is only 8hp. (Max allowed 10hp).

Will that be sufficient for 2 up or will I be OK with a 9.8hp outboard?
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Old 23 May 2013, 16:48   #2
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interesting it's so low......you'd be good having a go with a Mariner 15 hp 2T, very light ( same as the 8 ) and v. sparky. My 285 runs an 8hp and is perfect planing with 2 adults, 170kg. Has a wood floor though.
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Old 23 May 2013, 16:55   #3
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I'm a big fan of Zodiac Sibs, but I find the max hp for some of them a bit bonkers. Equivalent boats to yours (Suzamar, Honwave etc) have 15hp max, no idea why Zodiac would only permit 10hp ?

Back to your question, you can never have too much power, you can always use less of it. You don't say if you are looking for a new or used engine, if its new and 4 stroke I'm clueless, but I really think you would be better with a nice 2 stroke.

Try and find the best 2 stroke you can, the Tohatsu 9.8 would be my choice at 28kg. If you cant find one of those then a Yamaha or Mercury/Mariner 9,9hp would be next a bit heavier at 35/36kg. I know that the smaller Zodiac 310 planes easily with 2 big adults and a Yamaha 9.9hp, it will also just plane with an 8hp.
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Old 23 May 2013, 16:57   #4
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I'll let you know on Saturday - maiden voyage of my 3.6m Fastroller and 9.9 Mariner 4-stroke.

I had started looking at 2.85FR and 6HP, then moved up the range... I am told that me and my 9 year old probably would have got the 3.6 on the plane with 6HP - I think it needs 12mph to plane and will remain on plane as low as 7-8mph. 3.6 will be easier to plane than 2.85 and 3.25. Not sure if 9.9 will get us on plane 3 up, but for us, that's not what it is about.
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Old 23 May 2013, 17:18   #5
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I'm a big fan of Zodiac Sibs, but I find the max hp for some of them a bit bonkers. Equivalent boats to yours (Suzamar, Honwave etc) have 15hp max, no idea why Zodiac would only permit 10hp ?

Back to your question, you can never have too much power, you can always use less of it. You don't say if you are looking for a new or used engine, if its new and 4 stroke I'm clueless, but I really think you would be better with a nice 2 stroke.

Try and find the best 2 stroke you can, the Tohatsu 9.8 would be my choice at 28kg. If you cant find one of those then a Yamaha or Mercury/Mariner 9,9hp would be next a bit heavier at 35/36kg. I know that the smaller Zodiac 310 planes easily with 2 big adults and a Yamaha 9.9hp, it will also just plane with an 8hp.
The 3.6m has a 15hp max and it's only 4kg heavier so I'm not sure why the 3.25m is only 10hp max.

I've been looking out for a Tohatsu 9.8, 2 stroke but no luck so far. I may go for a new one and the dealer is offering a good deal on a Mariner 9.9hp.
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I'll let you know on Saturday - maiden voyage of my 3.6m Fastroller and 9.9 Mariner 4-stroke.

I had started looking at 2.85FR and 6HP, then moved up the range... I am told that me and my 9 year old probably would have got the 3.6 on the plane with 6HP - I think it needs 12mph to plane and will remain on plane as low as 7-8mph. 3.6 will be easier to plane than 2.85 and 3.25. Not sure if 9.9 will get us on plane 3 up, but for us, that's not what it is about.
Be good to hear about the Mariner and how you find the gear shift on the tiller.
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We have a 30HP Merc with the gear shift on the tiller. In a few words, I would trade for a separate gear shift in a split second. It goes from forward to reverse with the prop still spinning forward too easily.
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Old 24 May 2013, 03:19   #8
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We have a 30HP Merc with the gear shift on the tiller. In a few words, I would trade for a separate gear shift in a split second. It goes from forward to reverse with the prop still spinning forward too easily.
OK point noted.

Anyone have any other opinions of the tiller gear shift?
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If I go for a new engine for peace of mind is it worth paying the premium for a yamaha or honda? Are they more reliable?
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If I go for a new engine for peace of mind is it worth paying the premium for a yamaha or honda? Are they more reliable?

We all have favorites but IMHO it doesnt matter which one you go for as long as its one of the premium brands. Yamaha, Mercury/Mariner, Suzuki, Honda & Tohatsu are all excellent.
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