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Old 29 August 2014, 01:45   #11
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The air in the tubes won't add any weight, if that's what you're asking.
Not enough to matter or even be noticeable as Bill says.

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I think that putting the boat on top of a vehicle will be a hassle, but less of a hassle than assembling it / filling it with air. Maybe someone else can comment on that (assuming it hasn't already been addressed in another thread).
Bill try picking your boat up and lifting it over your head. I know I couldn't do it to mine, even with a second person, assuming the floor boards were in place. An MK3 really belongs on a trailer.

My 65lb kayak is about all I comfortably like to lift onto my roof racks, so a 200lb boat is definitely out.
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Old 08 November 2014, 11:32   #12
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Seriously considering buying a Zodiac Futura Mk 3 with inflatable deck and either a 20hp (44kg) or 25hp (62kg) Suzuki outboard.

Questions I have are:
1. How does the Futura mk3 compare to something like the smaller and less expensive Bombard Aerotec 380 in terms of sea worthiness/ride?
2. Does the additional 40cm on the Futura mk3 over the mk2 give you any benefit in terms of sea worthiness in this type of boat? The Mk3 is only 6kg heavier so other than price what is the disadvantge?
Did you end up buying the Mk3?
Which outboard? the 20hp or the 25hp suzuki?
I am in the same position, considering a 30 hp (70 kg)evinrude against the 25hp suzuki (63kg). The 20 hp is probably not strong enough for less than perfect sea conditions. Putting a 25hp/30/hp on an outboard trolly might be the way to handle such a heavy engine. What is your experience so far?
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Old 08 November 2014, 12:28   #13
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I opted for a mk2 as thought a 20hp would be more suited to it. Also slightly smaller and lighter so easier to handle. I ordered the boat from Ron Hale marine and paid deposit in early Sept, but as yet no boat. Apparently none in stock and the Zodiac factory needed to manufacture the inflatable decks. Going to chase up next week and if no joy will probably ask for deposit back and go back to the drawing board!
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Old 11 November 2014, 10:35   #14
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I am in the same position, considering a 30 hp (70 kg)evinrude against the 25hp suzuki (63kg). The 20 hp is probably not strong enough for less than perfect sea conditions. Putting a 25hp/30/hp on an outboard trolly might be the way to handle such a heavy engine. What is your experience so far?
Not sure if I can help. Was debating between a 20 or 25hp. Chose the 20hp manual start 4-stroke Mercury because I found a great deal on a newer model and the lesser weight/size. Although I'm able to pick it up myself, it is cumbersome and I can easily see dropping it or damaging something. I built a mobile stand which helped a lot. My wife helps and even though it's not heavy for two, it's still awkward and I worry some times of sitting it down too hard or dropping it. I'm glad we didn't get the 25hp. It will have to be seriously lacking in power for us to consider anything bigger.
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Old 11 November 2014, 11:45   #15
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McBain, did they offer any kind of launching wheels for the MKII? No need for an outboard trolley if you can set the outboard on the boat and use it as a trolley with launching wheels.
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Old 11 November 2014, 16:13   #16
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Yes they offered Zodiac Futura launching wheels. They are also on back order! Just been told the boat arrived at their shop today and hopefully the launch wheels will be down in about 2 weeks so should have the whole lot in time for Christmas! Shame the weather is so rubbish now though!
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Old 30 December 2014, 17:03   #17
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furura MK2 and 20 HP performance

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should have the whole lot in time for Christmas! Shame the weather is so rubbish now though!
Could you keep me updated on your experience with the futura mk2 and your 20 hp mercury? Is that enough HP for going 3 miles offshore? Does the futura plane easily with the 20 hp and 2 people? How does the setup perform with 4 people? Do you know your top-speed? Thanks a lot!
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Hi, got the boat now. Seems extremely sturdy and well built. High pressure deck is quite hard to fit. Will probably take an hour to setup including transom wheels and outboard. Wheels are genuine zodiac but don't fold up, you just need to detach them completely. That may be difficult. I was surprised that inflation tubes and hull only inflate to about 0.3 bar. Deck inflates to 0.8 bar. Got an electric pump which is easier.

Boat seems pretty light to move about with wheels on in drive. Will not be so easy with outboard and fuel and anchor and soft sand!

Next move is to get outboard and decide whether I need a trailer and if so box or launch. Ideally would inflate each time out, but realize that will get quickly tedious.

No hurry at moment as weather is rubbish. Keeping my eye out for 25hp 2 stroke but rare and think new 20hp 4 stroke will be much more reliable. Powerful enough? Will keep you posted.
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Hi McBain
I am pleased you got your boat and wheels sorted but I am confused about the time you estimate it will take to get ready. If the air floor is left in the boat when you deflate, a good pump such as a Bravo should pump the complete boat up at the set pressures in about 10mins. These pumps will also deflate the entire boat in even less time.

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Old 06 January 2015, 13:16   #20
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You will get the boat assembly down to a science eventually.

Getting a trailer or not should determine the size of the outboard. Having recommended horse power is a good thing, but that means heavy. Since you have an airfloor stick with a light motor and keep the boat foldable.
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