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Old 31 August 2011, 06:14   #1
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zodiac futura 1997 m2 keel

Just wondering if any futura owners hav packed out in between the aluminium floor and floormaterial just behind the bottom of the transum ,on mine the bottom of the transum hangs down about 40 mm which must b causing drag .also do i pump the keel up rock hard?
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Old 31 August 2011, 10:47   #2
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I haven't done anything at that spot. The transom does extend lower than the aluminum floor, but the inflated keel tube helps keep the floor material relatively at the same plane as the transom lower edge. Might induce some drag, but with the speed tubes and all of the air and turbulent water flowing under the boat it doesn't appear to be a significant issue, I think?

I pump up my keel tube as hard as I can with my foot pump.

Since I beach launch a lot I do take the time to flush out the speed tube casing when I can. The speed tubes will last longer if you keep sand and small rocks out of the casing.

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Old 31 August 2011, 18:30   #3
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I haven't done anything at that spot. The transom does extend lower than the aluminum floor, but the inflated keel tube helps keep the floor material relatively at the same plane as the transom lower edge. Might induce some drag, but with the speed tubes and all of the air and turbulent water flowing under the boat it doesn't appear to be a significant issue, I think?

I pump up my keel tube as hard as I can with my foot pump.

Since I beach launch a lot I do take the time to flush out the speed tube casing when I can. The speed tubes will last longer if you keep sand and small rocks out of the casing.

i run a 10x15 prop on mine does that sound ok for a 35.
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I have a Nissan 40 d three cylinder on my on my futura. I run with a four bladed adjustable composite prop from Pro pulse. It is 10 3/8" and I have it set at a pitch of 16 for water starts. I adjust it to less pitch for normal cruising. Hard to say what exactly you will find the best, it depends on the outboard and the load you are carrying. Ideally, you would run up to WOT and check your rpm. Your rpm at WOT should be in the range specified by the manufacturer of the ouboard for proper performance. I increase my pitch to get a good hole shot but my top speed suffers a bit.
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Old 02 September 2011, 16:23   #5
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I just installed a Tiny Tach to be able to get an RPM reading. Hoping to get my prop situation dialed in, although often the boat is heavily loaded. I have never used and adjustable prop so I will take a look at one. Probably just going to replace mine with another aluminum one though since they are cheap.
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Ok i hav solved all my keel and handling probs the dope who owned the boat before me didnt fit the alum floor correctly he didnt slot it in at the transum he put it on top and this caused all sorts of weird boat behavior.
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Old 15 January 2012, 14:56   #7
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Ok i hav solved all my keel and handling probs the dope who owned the boat before me didnt fit the alum floor correctly he didnt slot it in at the transum he put it on top and this caused all sorts of weird boat behavior.
I think I might have the same problem as mine sits on top I didn't realise it slots in.

If you have any other good advice it would be more than welcome as i now own the same rib here is my email if you have any more advice mrjcollins46524@gmail.com


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Tell me about this Tiny Tach....any pics?
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Tell me about this Tiny Tach....any pics?
Hi haven't any pics but I know he has sat it on top because there are 2 screws holding it to the transom

Amongst other nasty things which has been done that I'm trying to get sorted.


If I say speed tubes I'm sure you'll guess the rest .......... Cringe cringe cringe

Some people

Cheers mister p but if you have any other info concerning zodiac futura I would appreciate it

Or maybe how I cam improve my trailer as it don't seem right for that rib

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You can google Tiny Tach. It is just a small tachometer/hour meter. They work okay. I mounted mine on the tiller handle with double stick tape. Probably going to make an angled mount for it at some point since I always sit on the starboard side. Pretty basic device.
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