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Old 17 May 2016, 23:57   #11
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I just saw a nice F 470 on LA Craig list at a fair $.


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Old 18 May 2016, 02:31   #12
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Hey Squid. Those F470' sure do look heavy duty! Would be nice, but I'm storing it int he garage folded, so I'm not sure how much larger of a space that would require. I was thinking of going 12'6". I like the wider tubes though, looks like it could handle the waves a lot better.

Plus my motor is 15hp, so I have a guess that woudl struggle. Maybe I should look at the MK2 vs the Mk2C as that extra length may be handy.
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Old 18 May 2016, 05:25   #13
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This is the most adventurous trip we made with an Aerotec/15HP combo: Safe / do-able . As I said in that post, we never felt unsafe but on open sea a 4 meter sib with 15hp is a very very tiny boat.
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Old 18 May 2016, 05:57   #14
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It will all depend on your local conditions and so many other factors - here in the UK I get nervous a couple of miles from land in the SIB and the thought of being 9 miles out in a little boat alone with only a 15 is not something I would ever contemplate...
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Hey Squid. Those F470' sure do look heavy duty! Would be nice, but I'm storing it int he garage folded, so I'm not sure how much larger of a space that would require. I was thinking of going 12'6". I like the wider tubes though, looks like it could handle the waves a lot better.

Plus my motor is 15hp, so I have a guess that woudl struggle. Maybe I should look at the MK2 vs the Mk2C as that extra length may be handy.
FC470s are fun, but not very portable. They're really designed to be operated by a crew. It would probably plane with a 15hp! But it would not be fast. My FC470 planed at 9 mph with a 50hp ETEC. The speed tunes help a lot.

But, your MK2C would be a lot more manageable by yourself. Much lighter too.
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Old 18 May 2016, 15:28   #16
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Guys,

What's life without a little adventure and danger?

Joking aside, I probably would feel a 12' boat would be tiny too. I may consider the Mark 2 for the extra length, but it's a lot pricier as the deal on the Mk2C is awesome.

I'm hoping both would plane with a 15hp motor. My major concern is fuel economy as I'll be cruising all around the islands. May end up with a 9 or 12 gallon tank. I figure at 1.5 GPH for a 15hp, and with 700 in total weight, I'm guessing 20mph or so? Hoping my estimates are right, but I'll do some testing before heading out to the islands.

The positive is, if I throw on the free 15 hp motor and see it's not enough, I'll sell it and probably pick up a 4 stroke 25hp.
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Jlom - We're sailors also...got 2 Sunfish for training the kids right now. Owned in the past a Pearson 28, Dutchcraft 23, 16 & 14 Hobie Cats, two windsurfers.

I owned a 14' Zodiac with aluminum floor in the early 90's in Charleston, SC while in college. I cant remember which exact model it was. It was rated for a 40hp max and I had a 20hp on it. I had used the 20hp on my aluminum boat for years and it was fine.

However - I felt 20hp was under powered out in the open ocean, we would go far off-shore and explore all up and down the coast. Coming back into an inlet with a tidal change and lesser weather made for some exciting returns..so thankful for self bailers.

For a safe harbor the 20hp would of been fine.

Another problem is that 20hp was heavy to load and unload, the boat wasn't on a trailer. I got worn out setting up the boat before and then taking everything apart at the end of the day.

I love my RIB on the trailer..just unload and go.

We plan on going to Catalina Island CA when we are done with the Sea Trials on our Zodiac.

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