Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 02 February 2011, 23:08   #1
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: jacksonville
Make: zodiac g470
Length: 5m +
Engine: etec 25
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 11
Zodiac G470 f470 fc470

After not finding much info online about these boats, I decided to start a thread so that others who are interested in these boats or who own these boats can see my set up and post pics of theirs.

I purchased a G470 Zodiac boat from Defender, a U.S. based inflatable boat retailer, a few months ago. I can find very little info about these boats, but own one now, so will be posting anything I learn in the next couple months.

First off, a short shaft outboard will definetely not work. The yamaha 25 short shaft I have was a no go.

So onto the Etec. Pretty satisfied with the Etec 25 I just put on it. I've only put two hours on the boat thus far, but think this motor suits the boat well. I have only used it with just myself aboard and a 6 gallon gas tank, and was hitting max MPH of 27, and able to plane at a mere 12 mph. I'll post MPG when I get more miles on it. It seems anything much bigger on this boat would be a bit insane from a controllability standpoint. It's rated for a 50, which I can't fathom.



Disappointingly, the high pressure floor in the G470 came with a leak around the scuba inflation port. I'll let you know how zodiac's warranty service goes on this. Kind of sucks to buy a brand new zode and already have a leak out of the box. It is small, but annoying because it is new.

All in all, a great boat so far. Waiting for the water to warm up a bit to see how it is to dive out of.

Pics to come.
__________________

__________________
mdragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 February 2011, 09:50   #2
Member
 
martini's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: jersey
Boat name: Martini II
Make: Arctic 28/FC470
Length: 8m +
Engine: twin 225Opti/50hp 2t
MMSI: 235067688
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,021
Hi mdragon and welcome

I've recently bought a new FC470, it's still a little way from being launched, see here: linkage

I know what you're saying about lack of information on these boats but there's a few knowledgable people from your side of the pond that post here inc Stephan from Defender, in fact your boat may have been advertised on here by him a while ago.

If you do a search on here you will find a few threads relating to the Milpro boats.

Will be interesting to hear how you get on and look forward to the pics
__________________

__________________
martini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 February 2011, 11:28   #3
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Oakland CA
Length: 3m +
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,653
There's a couple of people on the North American forum who have been hawking new Zodiacs. As I recall, one was selling the model you bought. Might have a look there and ask the seller for info.

Luck;

jky
__________________
jyasaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 February 2011, 15:49   #4
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: jacksonville
Make: zodiac g470
Length: 5m +
Engine: etec 25
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 11
First pic
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0388.jpg
Views:	917
Size:	80.4 KB
ID:	56885  
__________________
mdragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03 February 2011, 16:17   #5
Member
 
Country: Canada
Town: Quebec city
Make: Zodiac hurricane
Length: 7m +
Engine: Yamaha
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 106
Great boat, your Boston Whaler looks great too.

If you need help on something, I'm a Milpro dealer I'll be glad to help.

For your leak, is it coming from the trump that connects the keel and the floor?
__________________
Boulet Lemelin Yacht inc.
1125 boul. Champlain
Québec QC G1K 0A2 Canada
educhesne@blyacht.com
achille2124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04 February 2011, 14:48   #6
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: jacksonville
Make: zodiac g470
Length: 5m +
Engine: etec 25
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 11
i like your setup. Wish I got the hypalon model too, but got a good deal on the pvc model.




Quote:
Originally Posted by martini View Post
Hi mdragon and welcome

I've recently bought a new FC470, it's still a little way from being launched, see here: linkage

I know what you're saying about lack of information on these boats but there's a few knowledgable people from your side of the pond that post here inc Stephan from Defender, in fact your boat may have been advertised on here by him a while ago.

If you do a search on here you will find a few threads relating to the Milpro boats.

Will be interesting to hear how you get on and look forward to the pics
__________________
mdragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04 February 2011, 18:40   #7
Member
 
Country: Canada
Town: British Columbia
Make: Gemini
Length: 4m +
Engine: 40hp 2 str
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,151
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdragon View Post
i like your setup. Wish I got the hypalon model too, but got a good deal on the pvc model.
Bear in mind that the PVC model is half the weight of the hypalon version. With an FC 470, you'd probably want a fair bit more than 25 hp to push it. From what I've read, those 25/30 ETECs are pretty remarkable outboards. How are you liking yours so far?
__________________
prairie tuber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11 February 2011, 00:15   #8
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Make: ZODIAC FC470 CRRC
Length: 4m +
Engine: Suzuki 25hp 2 stroke
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 12
I like your whaler too. I'm coming off of 3 whalers (21 Outrade, 13 Anniversary Edition, 22 Revenge), now on to my first Zodiac. Just picked it up last week and get to take out on the water for the first time this weekend. I look forward to submitting many questions here!
__________________
Newport F470 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 February 2011, 11:42   #9
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: Arapahoe
Boat name: Seal
Make: Zodiac
Length: 7m +
Engine: Etec
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 9
Zodiac Hypalon FC 470, 530

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.

Will
__________________
Pelican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 February 2011, 23:30   #10
Member
 
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Boat name: Stormbringer
Make: Avon Searider 5.4
Length: 5m +
Engine: 90hp Mariner
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 89
FC470 deck

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
__________________

__________________
engarom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:03.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.