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Old 21 April 2011, 13:21   #31
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Hey Martini, Re. that bag, its definitely Zodiac. Their accessory line is branded Access. You can see in the pics there is an aluminum extrusion attached to the transom which has a tubular slot running its length. The bag has a cylindrical tag along the length of its back, like heavy piping, which slides into the aluminum thus securing it.
Guess I got lucky when they threw it in with the boat. Those MilPro boats look wicked!
Thanks NP, I searched everywhere, the nearest I could find was the type that attach to a thwart seat. No worries though, I've bought a bag designed to mount on an ATV which suits my needs quite well
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Old 10 May 2011, 22:20   #32
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I just saw this boat and thought all of you fc470 guys could get some good ideas from it.

This is easily the nicest one Ive ever seen.

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Old 12 July 2011, 15:27   #33
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This is my F470. I put in an aluminum floor and a console from a MKII with a Honda 50hp 4stroke. Really fun boat.


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Old 16 July 2011, 17:34   #34
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Wow,

Had no idea this page has gotten so long. The follow up on the floor leak....seller wanted me to mail the floor back to ohio, then reglue it, then have them send it back. It was too much hassle for me. So now I just have a slow leak in the HP floor that I top off before I go out.

Some people are asking how it handles seas...I have never thought these boats handle chop very well, these boats meaning soft bottom inflatables. The chop really slaps and pushes the bow around, and in big enough chop (1 t 3) you really can't go too fast, i.e. plane. You can try, but getting thrown out of the boat is likely. This is my experience using these boats with tiller motors.

I have had these things out 10 to 15 miles diving when I was young and stupid, and can say they are nearly impossible to flip or sink. My idea of fun however has changed as I've matured, and now I'd much rather go offshore in a 26 foot cat then an inflatable.

Someone asked about comparing to futuras, etc. The 470 and certainly the 530 are better left inflated and on a trailer, and launched at the boat ramp, rather then deflated in the back of a pick up.

I've worn out a couple of transoms storing and deploying inflatables a couple hundred times, so now I just leave it on the trailer.

In my opinion, for a recreational user, these boats are ideal for someone who wants to do rivers, creeks, intracoastal waterways, or who live in an area with good dive sites within a couple miles of shore.

I'm going to take mine a couple miles offshore this week and do a dive or two, will try and take some pics...

I've finally decided to stop trying to fish off these boats, as no matter how careful you are a hook or fin will find paydirt no matter how careful you are.
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Old 18 July 2011, 18:20   #35
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Ive gotten some amazing gas mileage out of the etec. Sometime soon I'm going to post my result of running a two gallon tank dry on some smooth water and post up my numbers.

I'm guessing I got about 14 to 15 mpg last time out with 450 pounds payload onboard. And this was in some really crappy wind chop.

I wish I could try other props on this Etec 25 without having to buy a whole bunch. Im guessing with the weight of the boat only being 400lbs. fueled, a very aggressive larger diameter prop could be used, giving even better fuel burn and top end. The stock is a 12 inch.
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Old 05 May 2013, 12:10   #36
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I know this is an older post but has anyone found a cargo net specifically designed for a Zodiac FC470? The links below no longer work. Who made these?

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

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:

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Old 09 May 2013, 14:16   #37
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I really like this. Can you send me the template or drawings?

Thanks!

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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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Old 12 May 2013, 16:32   #38
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My FC470 is a 1992 model boat. I am currently running the factory roll up floor. (I have an extra floor if anybody wants to buy one) Anyway, I found a decent deal on a used Yamaha 40hp short shaft Jet. The transom on my boat calls for a short shaft motor. My question is, will I notice the loss of power between a prop & a Jet on this size of boat? I also like the looks of that marine grade plywood floor! It looks like the floor I put in the bed of my 54 Ford F-100!
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Old 12 May 2013, 17:03   #39
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I know this is an older post but has anyone found a cargo net specifically designed for a Zodiac FC470? The links below no longer work. Who made these?
It turned out the net didn't fit the bow of an FC470 at all, it was rectangular in shape. I cut it down to fit better and played around with the attachments etc.

Search for Load Tamer cargo nets, buy one for a pick up truck or similar and chop it to suit. Don't pay too much though, they're nothing special really.
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Old 10 July 2013, 15:40   #40
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A lightly loaded F470 is ideal for a 30 HP minimum, will have more fun than with a 25. You need to air top tubes and air deck to factory recommended working pressures with gauge once sib is floating for some minutes rest to let time for pressure to stabilize, then top again if needed.

Some months ago beated (20) F420/470 sibs equiped with 30 & 40 HP engines on a mile race with flat calm, no wind waters. Shamely on them, all were beaten with a 430 rib with just a portable 18 HP engine, due to : all were under inflated rocking worst than a large marshmellow, their problem, not mine.

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