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Old 22 August 2007, 07:18   #11
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Lewy,

Futura is a very good boat - but not that great in chop to be honest, probably the best you will get in terms of SIB though! MK3 is prob best of the bunch at handling chop...

I bought mine mail order from Pennine Marine. John at Pennine is a top chap and I highly recommend them!

The 50hp shoves it along ok - easily hits 30 -35mph but Im going from a 13 to a 15 pitch prop to try and get more! May go even higher than that maybe try a 17.

Here are some pics from zodiac

Cheers

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Old 28 August 2007, 09:14   #12
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We have one too (4.2m HD with steering pack) - great fun
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Old 31 August 2007, 17:08   #13
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i just picked up the 3.7m futura with a 40 OB, first trip out is tommorrow so will let you know what i think!
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Old 08 September 2007, 18:02   #14
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Andrew,

Just read your other post and saw your pics - very similar setup! Futuras can be very bumpy in chop but when its calm they go like the clappers!

Be good to get a Futura club going and have a meet up :o)

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Old 09 September 2007, 05:13   #15
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unfortunately havnt had calm waters yet when ive been out, was intending to go out today but a JetSkier told me it was pretty choppy out.

However when i got behind the shelter of the marina, it was a different boat and flew along. Im sure it will come into itself in the right conditions!
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Old 09 September 2007, 05:39   #16
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Nice one - well Im just off out on mine - looks ok at Whitstable:

http://www.wyc.org.uk/flattened/home_webcam.php

Is that a 2 stroke 40hp you are running?

What height are you running your outboard? Is the Cav plate level or below the keel line?

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Old 10 September 2007, 11:29   #17
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yep a 2 stroke yamaha 40hp, its about level i havnt tinkered about with it yet. I must say im rather jealous looking at those mirror flat condiiotns you had on sunday, i cant wait to try my lil futura out when its liek that (apparently it was pretty choppy in brighton on sunday).

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Old 11 September 2007, 06:52   #18
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What height are you running your outboard? Is the Cav plate level or below the keel line?
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The previous owner changed the standard setup (Futura 4.2 HD with 50hp Yam) for waterskiing - engine mounted higher/ stainless steel prop etc. The cavitation plate is 1" below the bottom of the transom and I rarely get any ventilation/ cavitation.
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Old 24 September 2007, 17:01   #19
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The previous owner changed the standard setup (Futura 4.2 HD with 50hp Yam) for waterskiing - engine mounted higher/ stainless steel prop etc. The cavitation plate is 1" below the bottom of the transom and I rarely get any ventilation/ cavitation.

Hi bumble is that 50 on a consul or tiller steer .
I have just got myself a Futura MK3 air floor with a yam 25 ,but wondering how it would handle a Tohatsu 50 . I have to decide quick as the tohasu isn't going to be available much longer.
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Old 24 September 2007, 18:07   #20
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Futura 2C

I have a 3.7m Futura which is my second. I use it as a tender to our sailing cruiser. I really like the large diameter tubes and the tubes underneath which give you more freeboard when carrying a heavy load. I have the inflatable floor.
Mine has three problems:
the fibreglass nose piece can bang into my boat and cause scratches
the bag at the front has degraded a lot in the sunlight and had to be replaced after 3 years
water sprays up between the engine and the transom at speed. I have tried raising the engine (a 18hp Tohatsu) but its still not good. This also happended on my previous Futura - I am amazed that Zodiac haven't fixed it yet.

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