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Old 12 June 2014, 20:18   #1
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Zodiac future mk2 alu 13.5ft, any good?

Ok still looking for new sib or rib for fishing.

This one has come up with a 30hp Merc 2 smoke both 2006, on a newish trailer.

Its had a transom replacement with fiberglass instead of wood, looks heaps stronger. Original got the typical rot.

Are these any good? What would be a fairish price to expect?
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Old 12 June 2014, 21:24   #2
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They are known for glue failure around year ten. Since it has already lived a hard life even having the transom rot out, I would be very leary.
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Old 13 June 2014, 05:35   #3
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Petes right, glue failure somewhere between 10 and 15 years. However, if the transom has already been replaced, you wont get the glue failing issue there :-)

They are a fantastic boat, light and very fast, 2 stroke 30hp is a perfect engine for the boat. I have had 2 (Mk2C FR & 25 Yam and Futura Sport & 50 Yam), loved them both and would not hesitate to buy again.

No idea about price, but they are some of the most expensive sibs to buy new so expect a hefty resale value.
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cheers guys, thats good oil. its been under cover since new. so its 8 years old. as stated the transom had already been replaced. has those padded cross seats, but id like to replace them with a jockey type centre seat.

the trailer is 1 year old.

the asking price is $2500GBP equivalent. is that a fair price?

i missed out on a QS380hd recently, similar spec and that went for $1600GBP, so i can see the zodiac is demanding a higher resale.

if treated well it should have some life left in it still though surely?
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She's a good boat. As others have mentioned, we bought ours second hand and had to do quite a bit of glue repair. This included speed tubes, floor, etc. If you have glueing abilities they are relatively easy fixes, and the if the PVC was kept in good condition it is not a problem. The tubes are welded, so that is a plus.
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This is whats starting to keep me in sibs and ribs, gluing. Its much easier imo to fix a fabric boat than it is weld a tinny or reglass a smashed FG boat (if it hasnt sunk). The only other material I like is plywood.

Yes I feel confident in gluing, have done a fair few patches and sure I can learn. Currently it has no lifting anywhere im told, but where should I check for? Transom should be mint as its 6 months old and now fiberglass.

And what about that price of $2500GBP for 07 mk2, 06 Merc 30hp and brand new well respected trailer brand (with a host of goodies chucked in). Without seeing it, is that a fair price?

I know it will suck in the chop, but should handle a 1ft chop with no swell?
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the futura doesnt really have much of an up turned nose. is it going to get swamped in a 1-2ft sea?
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the futura doesnt really have much of an up turned nose. is it going to get swamped in a 1-2ft sea?

They ride fairly bow up. They go over, rather than through the waves.
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the futura doesnt really have much of an up turned nose. is it going to get swamped in a 1-2ft sea?
In addition to what Pirate said, inflatables don't cut through the water like a hard boat, but rather ride on top. Short swell or chop will have more of the boat out of the water (compared to a hard boat) and less under. Waves coming over the bow won't be a worrisome problem unless they're large enough to be breaking. Even then, you've got the tubes to keep you afloat - you'll just be wet and miserable and not go very fast.

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the futura doesnt really have much of an up turned nose. is it going to get swamped in a 1-2ft sea?
That is the type of waves that my boat produces its top speeds
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