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Old 07 August 2014, 16:13   #31
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Country: UK - England
Town: Berkshire
Make: Zodiac Futura MK II
Length: 4m +
Engine: Mariner 20hp 4 Strok
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Originally Posted by Shafe View Post
I went to the dealer yesterday and the MK2 Futura and 20hp motor are definitely the right size for me.

The question is Fastroller or HD/Aluminum floor...

The dealer said the aluminum floor gives much better performance than the FR because it won't flex, and the extra weight makes it more seaworthy. My concern is that 20 hp is the minimum recommended power for the HD (but the maximum for the FR).

Shaun2020 - do you have a Fastroller or aluminum floor?

How does the 20hp do with two people and some gear? How fast? Will it plane easily??
Hi Shafe,
sorry for the late reply, I have the Aliminium floor, which does make a difference in the weight of the boat, when I had the flooring out to carry out some repairs recently I noticed a big difference in lifting & moving the boat around, I would go for Ali floor over any of the rest, maintenace free practically and gives the boat more weight to keep it down, more safer if you are fishing which I mainly use my boat for, 20hp I found is man enough for the boat but if you are a speed freak like myself you always want more, I think my boat takes up to a 60hp off the top of my head, personally I think that would be too powerful for the boat / waves I encounter, I usually go out with two mates, I am 10.5 stone, one mate is 11 stone, and my other mate is 20 stone, I have all my fishing gear on board with a crate of beer for my 2 x labourers and I had no problems, if anything my mates sat at the front of the boat and it helped keep the front end down, which made the ride nicer, of course bigger waves will slow you down and you will be bruised a bit more but I have had no issues with power / currents / waves, and at the end of the day I tie everything down if it is choppy and the last hour I just go and play & jump over the waves like a kid in a sweet shop. one bit of advice, I would trailer it as it is too big to blow up and pack away each time you go out, and my flooring was a bit of hassle putting it back in the boat, hope this helps,
Best wishes

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Old 07 August 2014, 20:35   #32
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Which Zodiac/Bombard would perform better...

Thanks all for your feedback.

Unfortunately I can't trailer it due to storage issues but I am still going to use the aluminum floor. Because I am spearfishing the HD floor is safer with the sharp equipment im using and I want the weight and rigidity so I feel more comfortable going further offshore. Im told it takes 10 minutes to fill up and top off the air floor and 15-20 minutes to install the ali floor once you get good at it. But I go out for 4-6 hours at a time just once a week so an extra 20 minutes isn't a big deal to me.

I also an on upgrading to a 40hp and trailering it in a couple years so I will want the Ali floor then.

But thanks to all for weighing in.

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