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Old 11 October 2008, 19:22   #31
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With that SS prop you could try to lift it a hole if it doesn't cavitate at the moment.
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Old 13 October 2008, 05:04   #32
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Interesting - it doesn't cavitate and I have left the setup well alone so far - maybe I can gain some extra speed ...
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Old 29 March 2009, 14:58   #33
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futura MKII 4.1 30hp pack HD

My futura is 2005 model, 4.1 meters, its the pack version, alum floor, with a 30hp 2-stroke outboard.
Some points of concern according to my experience are the following:
1. although it is designed for max 7 people, no more than 4 may be seated due to luck of space (a lot of safety staff, refrigerator, fuel tanks, bow bag etc)
2. uncomfortable to use @ high speeds with more than 3 beauforts (not sufficient dumping)
3. it is true that the propeller might rev out of the water on bad weather if outboard is not installed on the proper height (due to speed tubes)
But overlooking the above, it is a very sophisticated boat, light, fast, safe, and you can use on very shallow waters
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Old 31 March 2009, 04:31   #34
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Hi Gstamo,

Great setup - 30hp Yamaha is best engine for this boat in my opinion.

As you may know from my initial post I run a 2007 Zodiac Futura Mk2 4.2 HD with a 50hp 2 Stroke Yamaha. Although it is currently dismantled and the engine winterised on a trolley as I have bought a Ribcraft 4.8 and am now considering what do do with the Futura.

I did have a 1997 Futura with a 30hp Yamaha and this was the perfect setup - light enough to easiliy launch off the beach with the launch trolley and rear launch wheels.

I agree with you - any chop and it gets very rough in the old futura. However, get a flat calm summers day and the thing is awesome - it corners like its on rails, bit like a zapcat I guess but with comfortable seats and a console.

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Old 31 March 2009, 20:46   #35
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I picked up a Zodiac Futura Mk111 4.7m after what seemed like an age of trying to track one down.

It is wholly setup as a fishing vessel with GPS, fishfinder, VHF, pumped livewell etc. and has exceeded our expectations as regards it's practicalities. It was initially purchased as a fast, easily trailer'able / launch'able, summer inshore boat but now regularly ferries us 10 miles out into the North Sea, even in the depths of winter!

I wouldn't agree with it not being good in a chop (comments re: Mk11 4.2m), we've put the boat through some pretty horrendous conditions (force 6/7 wind against a 3 knot tide) and all I can say is that it got us to where we wanted to go, dry and with beaming smiles intact.

Strangely, the conditions I don't particularly like are oily flat calm seas, we must lose at least a couple of knots. A bit of chop gets the air flowing nicely between those speed tubes. ;-)

We've had an absolute ball since getting the Futura, and plans for an epic summer's fishing are well afoot!



Top tip.....get your weight distribution sorted for maximum performance / sea keeping. It can (in our case, did) make a huge difference.
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Old 01 April 2009, 04:21   #36
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Great video - some real beasts pulled from the depths!

What size engine are you running?

Cheers

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Old 01 April 2009, 16:43   #37
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hi everyone,
i also had a futura GT as my first boat. It was 1992 and 3.50m,
The engine was a Jonshon 2 str. 15hp
I will try and find some pics to upload.
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Old 02 April 2009, 04:11   #38
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Zodiac Futura Mk111 4.7m

Sharkbyte, your fishing video is super,
how deep was at the point you caught the god?
did you reach the bottom or this was a near - surface fishing?
your boat is much bigger than mine (4.1) so makes sence you dont mind 3-4 wind speed
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Old 03 April 2009, 06:43   #39
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futura mkII 4.1m pack

Dear futurists
i am looking for a mooring cover for my boat, ( the original is very expensive brand new) so i am looking for a second hand, so if you do have and dont want it please inform me
thanks
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Old 03 April 2009, 06:45   #40
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propeller

What size of propeller do you think is right (lets say for 30hp, and 2 people load)
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