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Old 24 February 2011, 14:28   #11
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Anyone knwo where to get a hard deck for one of these? I have the roll up but no hardeck.
Also, need any deck for the FC530
I'm not sure where you could find used set of aluminum floorboards. You can order a new set from Zodiac for the small cost of one or two healthy organs. I had been quoted $ 3000 when I was looking at parchasing an F-470 a few years ago.

If you have a template, you could make a great set of floorboards from either 5/8" (minimum) or 3/4" (preferable) marine mahogany and stringers & stringer retainers from purpleheart(ideally), and still keep both testicles. After the lumber and milling costs, you'd probaby be somewhere between 10-20% of the kind of cost I was quoted for an aluminum floor board set.
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Old 24 February 2011, 15:34   #12
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Anyone knwo where to get a hard deck for one of these? I have the roll up but no hardeck.
Also, need any deck for the FC530
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Old 24 February 2011, 16:10   #13
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FC470 Storage

Just thought I share my recent learnings on the subject of storage...

After seeing a transom bag on Northern Pike's futura (see here), I've literally spent hours searching for the same bag but came to the conclusion that it's either been out of production for years or it's non-Zodiac with a Zodiac badge on it.

One type of bag that did keep catching my eye during google image searches was cargo bags designed for ATV's. One in particular looks quite suitable, it should fit against the 470 transom between the tubes quite nicely. Also it doesn't have a zip to corrode and seize, it uses a magnetic flap instead.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/tamarack...cargo-bag.html

It's not waterproof but anything that needs to stay dry can go in a smaller dry-bag inside.

Another heads up for anyone interested: While my google search terms went from zodiac bag to cargo bag etc etc, I turned up a cargo net designed specifically for the FC470. This I thought could be really handy as well as adding to the "Mil-factor". (Did I just invent a new catchphrase? )

http://www.trgear.com/osc/eshop/prod...roducts_id/155

They're made for the US military so I guess they're really well made but priced between 300-400 USD made me hesitate briefly!

However I came across an eBay auction yesterday where there was 4 (brand new) for sale at $49.00 Needless to say there's only 3 now but if anyone's looking for a bargain:

eBay
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Nice finds! Nice website too! I just might pickup on of those cargo tamers. Here is what I've done for storage of basic gear;

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I own two FC 470's and one FC530 with roll up and hard decks. I power the 470 with a 55 HP Johnson Milspec Jet outboard converted to electric start. The 470 with the 55 HP is a total blast and I can't even imagine a better preforming inflatable boat, it handles like a Porsche. I know these boats inside out and became a Zodiac Tech certified at repairing the 470. All my boats are for sale since a recent serious leg injury. See my new webpage with my listing at w w w. zodiac rib .com I'm happy to help anyone with one of these boats so feel free to fire your questions at will.

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Hi Pelican,

I've always been curious about those pump jet/durajet lower legs. How does their performance compare to that of a regular prop? The safety benefits are obvious. Is it any more problematic than a prop if used in weedy areas or shallow rocky areas?

Very reasonable prices being asked for the 470 and 530 by the way.
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Old 26 March 2011, 01:00   #16
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zodiac f470 hard deck

Wondering if anyone has built a hard deck for their f470? I have a 2 piece hard deck from an old Mark 2 that I use to have and I'm trying to modify it to fit my newer f470. If anyone has any good pics and possible measurements of their hard deck I could get a better picture of how to make it. Anything would be appreciated.
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Here are some photos of the hard deck I recently built. I made it from marine grade plywood. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for the joint between the fore and aft boards, although the boards work fine and stay in place by themselves.

I have a crude template I used. You can have it if you want. Its just a drawing on cardboard.
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Those pics look great. Does your boat have the thrust board near the bow on it? Looks like I don't have to do much modifying to my deck. These pics make it a lot easier for me and I thank you again.
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never mind the thrust board question. Looks like its there
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Hi Pelican,

I've always been curious about those pump jet/durajet lower legs. How does their performance compare to that of a regular prop? The safety benefits are obvious. Is it any more problematic than a prop if used in weedy areas or shallow rocky areas?
They suck up weeds like mad. To the point of needing to tilt the motor and rake them off. We used a hand held garden tool for this job, its surprisingly hard to reach back there while on the water. Rocks not so much unless you are in water so shallow the tubes are scuffing.

Performance wise most jets lose about 20% of the rated HP compared to a prop. In my experience with them they are quite inefficient in the mid-range too. Its idle or full throttle.

Unless you have a specific need for a Jet (running in rivers or around swimmers as a rescue boat) I would stick with a conventional prop.
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