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Old 11 January 2014, 05:38   #1
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Zodiac mk2 c

Hey I'm thinking of getting a new rib and this zodiac looks pretty good' what would a 25hp yam be like? Pros and cons for this boat?
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Old 11 January 2014, 05:45   #2
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I don't believe they are ribs - it's a sib. Difference being it has a floor plate over a material bottom (hull) unlike a RIB which has a solid hull.

Good fun if it's what you are after, and a well respected version.
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Old 11 January 2014, 07:57   #3
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Good, capable leisure SIBs with extensive dealer network, but be warned regards the cost of their accessories!

Any reason buying new - other than condition?

New boats now use over sized tubes but build is exactly the same, thermo-bonded, etc.

If you go for HD version (aluminium floor sections) I found this gave the boat rigidity, plus a little more weight. It's relatively light and performs best with two or three up. Older boats were rated for 40hp, but 25hp is perfect power/weight, especially if you can source a Yammie 2-stroke.

Can be built in an hour or so, but if you can source a soft bunk trailer, then this would be best for launch and retrieve. You can remove floor mid-season to flush out sand, etc.

Only maintenance is to re-varnish oars every other season, lube alloy valves (plastic on newer boats), and replace valve diaphragm or cap seals periodically. If storing boat deflated make sure it's thoroughly dry before folding.

Zodiac Futura is worth looking at too. Only real difference are inflatable speed tubes under main sponsons. Found this one, expensive for what it is, but it has road trailer.
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I used to run one with a 15hp which was plenty with 2 or 3 on board but might struggle if heavily loaded. A 25 would cope with more and would be pretty sporty one up, but is a lot more engine to lug around.

The aluminium deck can be a bit challenging to get apart, and my knuckles still bear the scars as proof!

Unless you need a super heavy duty floor I'd go for a a Bombard Aerotec 380. It's the same size and similar performance, but lighter and less hassle. On the other hand if you're going to keep it on a trailer then a small RIB would give you much better performance and comfort.
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I ran a Mk2 C Fastroller Futura with a Yam 25hp 2 stroke last summer.

I'm struggling to find anything bad to say about it, took less than 10 mins to inflate and staggeringly quick (for a Sib) in the water. With 1 up I actually felt it was overpowered but with the family on board it was a perfect packable boat to chuck in the boot of the car (The boot does need to be quite big !).

With the 25hp on it would pull ringo's and kneeboard adults, it would also pull a small teenager on a wakeboard.
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Thanks guys another question!

Zodiac futura mark 2 c Alu
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Zodiac classic mark 2 c Alu

Both with a 30ho four stroke console
In waves of 1.5m
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Thanks guys another question!

Zodiac futura mark 2 c Alu
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Zodiac classic mark 2 c Alu

Both with a 30ho four stroke console
In waves of 1.5m
Given the choice, I'd go for the Futura. The speed tubes help it plane better. For an extra few pounds you could consider the MKII (4.10m).
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Id go for the Classic.
The 25N short shaft Yamaha weighs 48 kg. which has the best power to weight ratio.Get the 25N with shallow water tilt.
The Classic rolls up better than the Futura and theres more room for finicky problems with the extra runner tubes, the get bashed when trailering, collect sand and crap with the futura.
The Classic rolls up smaller so good if no trailer, like move it in bags and assemble on beach.
Lot more weight to carry with Futura and 30 Yamaha.
Trailer almost necessary.
My 2 cents.
I wouldn't get the console as it takes up heaps of space and makes a trailer a must.
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I have a Futura GT and would never put a console into a boat so small. Yeah it might be nice for long range cruising, but I could never get as much stuff or people into it.

Aluminum decking is the way to go for rigidity, but there is something to be said for packability with an air deck.
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Id go for the Classic.
The 25N short shaft Yamaha weighs 48 kg. which has the best power to weight ratio. Get the 25N with shallow water tilt.
If the OP is fitting a 30hp 4-stroke engine then the boat outfit will probably be trailered. A 25hp 2-stroke is just about manageable if being carried from a trailer or car boot. Incidentally you can't buy a new Yamaha 2-stroke in the UK unless it's for commercial use.

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The Classic rolls up better than the Futura and there's more room for finicky problems with the extra runner tubes, they get bashed when trailering, collect sand and crap with the Futura.
True, but there's no need for the speed tubes to get damaged with care. Deflate when trailering, etc. Needs long-shaft outboard on new boats.

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I wouldn't get the console as it takes up heaps of space and makes a trailer a must.
Never tried the console kit so can't comment. Not much padding on seats and uber expensive.

4-stroke outboard weights
The new Suzuki DF30A weighs in at a hefty 62kg with the Honda BF30 and Tohatsu MFS30 another 10kg on top of that. The Mercury 30 EFI is 78kg and the new Yamaha F30 (who ate all the pies) is an astonishing 98kg.
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