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Old 04 August 2014, 11:29   #11
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I have a mk2 future fastroller and a bombard aerotec in the back of my car now. I managed the bombard on my own but had to get help putting the zodiac in it is noticeably heavier than the bombard about 20kg I think (it is also made of noticeably heavier pvc) there both 3.8
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Old 04 August 2014, 11:29   #12
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Zodiac Mark 3 Grand Raid setup in around 12 minutes.

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Old 04 August 2014, 12:08   #13
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Zodiac Mark 3 Grand Raid setup in around 12 minutes.


Not in the real world it wasnt, back in the 80's my Grandad and teenage self would happily spend 30 mins fighting that last floor board alone
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You do have another option: Buy a 4 to 5 meter trailered RIB and store it away from home. Lot safer for what you plan on doing.

I'm a little surprised that more SoCal guys haven't been on this thread. There's a few that do the crossing fairly often.

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Yes absolutely.

Although I would not want to be ten miles out in any of them. I'd shake a kidney loose long before getting back to the dock.
So a 14'9' MK3 would handle noticeably different than a 13'5" MK2 in rough seas?

****What do you guys think is more important in rough seas -- size of boat or horsepower, if you had to pick one over the other?****


In other words, would you rather be in a MK2 with a 20 hp 4 stroke, or a bigger MK3 with a 20 hp 4 stroke, which is relatively less powerful because it is heavier.
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I have a mk2 future fastroller and a bombard aerotec in the back of my car now. I managed the bombard on my own but had to get help putting the zodiac in it is noticeably heavier than the bombard about 20kg I think (it is also made of noticeably heavier pvc) there both 3.8
which engines are you using for them?

Zodiac lists the MK2 as a 4.1
Perhaps you have a MK2C. Zodiac lists that as a 3.7
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non iv just delivered them I had used a 25 Yamaha 2 stroke on the futura and that was very entertaining and a 15 2 stroke on the bombard and that was boring . I was just pointing out the differences in weight of the two when packed away although the futura is heavier it is in my opinion a better built sib using heavier pvc
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non iv just delivered them I had used a 25 Yamaha 2 stroke on the futura and that was very entertaining and a 15 2 stroke on the bombard and that was boring . I was just pointing out the differences in weight of the two when packed away although the futura is heavier it is in my opinion a better built sib using heavier pvc
really good to know. thank you sir
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too expensive to do in Los Angeles. minimum $150 per month
You realize that's dirt friggin' cheap in the boating universe right?


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So a 14'9' MK3 would handle noticeably different than a 13'5" MK2 in rough seas?

****What do you guys think is more important in rough seas -- size of boat or horsepower, if you had to pick one over the other?****


In other words, would you rather be in a MK2 with a 20 hp 4 stroke, or a bigger MK3 with a 20 hp 4 stroke, which is relatively less powerful because it is heavier.
The bigger and heavier the SIB the better. Neither one is underpowered. Its not like you can open up the throttle in rough weather anyway, not without getting bounced out.
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i've seen people cross to Catalina in just about everything, heck they swim and paddleboard, but I'd look for a bigger boat. On a calm morning going to Catalina is like driving on a lake but it can change quickly. I had a 20' rib with a 90hp and a shallow vee hull and upgraded to a Zodiac 7m with a 250 for Catalina and the northern channel islands but then I like things a bit bigger and stronger than needed and I got tired of only being able to cross in the mornings. I'd look into trying to store a rib. "LA" is a big place, look for storage away from the water? A buddies house? his folks?

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