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Old 20 August 2007, 10:26   #1
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Who owns a Zodiac Futura?

Hiya,

Just trying to get in contact with some other Zodiac Futura owners.

If you own one - what sort and setup due you run?

I am now onto my 4th Futura and have just bought:

2007 Zodiac Futura MK 2 (4.1m)
HD (Aluminium Floor) with Console
Yamaha 50H (1999) 2 Stroke, Long Shaft
Custom Stainless Steel Trailer

I know its not strictly a RIB but its near enough ;o)

Cheers

Gareth
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Old 20 August 2007, 10:46   #2
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Gareth,

Nice looking boat.

Launching in a not so Herne Bay I see.
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Old 20 August 2007, 10:48   #3
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nice porker..
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Old 20 August 2007, 11:08   #4
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Jon - Thanks, Herne Bay - well spotted! Dump but easier to launch than at Whitstable! If its calm we launch with transom mounted wheels across the shingle beach in Tankerton - no slip required with this one!!

donutsina911 - Cheers - Its a wideboy thats for sure!

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Old 20 August 2007, 11:49   #5
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#2 boat

We have a futura FR (with the high pressure inflatable floor) as our #2 boat it is incredibly light and with a 15hp Tohatsu it does about 25knts 1 up, and initial acceleration leaves EVERY rib standing (for about 10 seconds). Great boat!!
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Old 20 August 2007, 14:01   #6
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My first rubber boat was a Futura 4,20 with alu floor. For many years took her out to France, Italy, Croatia.
For the holidays I mounted a smaller stearing bar. At home I used the console.
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Old 20 August 2007, 17:12   #7
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Gareth

Currently have a 1999 Zodiac Futura MKIIc with 25HP Yamaha. Great boat which we use mainly for wake skating.

Previously had a Zodiac Futura Sport 4.2 (White tubes / Yellow Jockey console) with a 50HP Yamaha went like hell, if you could hold on.

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Old 20 August 2007, 21:09   #8
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Zodiac Futura

Hey Gareth, my brother and I own a Zodiac Futura with a 40 nissan / tohatsu on it. Love the boat and am having a hard time persuading myself to sell it since I also have a Zodiac Hurricane. The futura is a great boat. We found that you need to mount the engine low in order to compensate for the speed tubes. Took our Futura on a 1300 mile trip down the Mississippi in 2005. I have lots of fond memories related to the Futura.
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Old 21 August 2007, 04:51   #9
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Hi zodiac nice boat, so versatile, I have an older futura mk 2 with mariner 25 hp 2stroke ally floor I use it mainly for touring long weekends and weeks away from it all camping so its usually well loaded up You can land on most beaches unload whip the engine off and carry the boat to high water line Ive had 25 mph on a flat sea but mainly cruise around 14-18 mph and get on average 40 mile to 20ltr. Great to here from a fellow small boater
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Old 22 August 2007, 06:31   #10
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Gareth i do like the look of those Futura's, but what are they like in a short chop, in other words typical Solent conditions? Also i imagine with the transom wheels and soft bottom there magic for exploring and beaching where ever you like.
couple of other questions did you get your boat from Chas Newens, are they a good dealer? and you must fly with a 50hp, what sort of speed you getting?
cheers Lewy
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