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Old 27 March 2013, 06:37   #1
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Introduction zodiac pro 470

Hi all I am new to rib net and am from Queensland Australia, I have recently bought a Zodiac pro 470 and I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what size outboard I should run on it or if any one knows what it is rated to. This is a great site. Cheers Cozza
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Old 27 March 2013, 08:11   #2
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Old 27 March 2013, 09:13   #3
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Im guessing you have better weather for your boating! I have pro 500 which is basically the same boat 4.70 long. The maximum engine size is a 70hp but zodiac recommend a 50hp. Check the weight of the motor too. I have Mariner 60hp which weighs in at 91kgs. We get a good 32 knots plus.(the boat is max 36 knot rated!) We love ours and take it out in most conditions being sensible of course. Some prefer a deeper hull but she keeps well on a lumpy sea. Post some photos!
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Old 15 April 2013, 19:45   #4
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Hi Cozza

I have a 470 pro with a 2004 50 HP Johnson 2 stroke. I used to get about 25.5 knots average speed (just me and a full tank of petrol). When I load it up with the family, it probably cuts it back to about 21-22knots.

The max HP is 60 and I don't think I would ever need to go that high - you start to come down a bit hard (or I may just be getting old).

Following some media coverage of propeller strikes (a lot of which were from people falling from RIBs) I recently fitted a propeller guard which I had custom made by Midcoast Marine up on the Gold Coast. I think it is the best piece of kit I could have bought. I have full peace of mind and I only lost 1 knot off the WOT speed.

My advice, go for a 50 hp it will give you close to the same performance as a 60 HP and you save on purcahse and running costs.

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My advice, go for a 50 hp it will give you close to the same performance as a 60 HP and you save on purcahse and running costs.

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Welcome - my 4.7 runs a 50 and purrs along nicly
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Hi Cozza

I have a 470 pro with a 2004 50 HP Johnson 2 stroke. I used to get about 25.5 knots average speed (just me and a full tank of petrol). When I load it up with the family, it probably cuts it back to about 21-22knots.

The max HP is 60 and I don't think I would ever need to go that high - you start to come down a bit hard (or I may just be getting old).

Following some media coverage of propeller strikes (a lot of which were from people falling from RIBs) I recently fitted a propeller guard which I had custom made by Midcoast Marine up on the Gold Coast. I think it is the best piece of kit I could have bought. I have full peace of mind and I only lost 1 knot off the WOT speed.

My advice, go for a 50 hp it will give you close to the same performance as a 60 HP and you save on purcahse and running costs.

Cheers Navig8
Thanks so much for your post it really helps me out, I managed to buy this rib for a song so I am looking forward to purchasing a good motor and getting into it. I also wanted to ask if you have any photos of your rib and are you local to qld.
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Hi Cozza,

I'm from the NSW Central Coast. I haven't a photo on this computer but will get around to it. Is your RIB set up with a centre console and bench seat or is it the motorbike style of seat? Grey or red?
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Welcome - my 4.7 runs a 50 and purrs along nicly
Which I now know to mean she'll run at 26 knots with two adults and two kids on board at 6000rpm
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Thanks for your reply I have decided on a 50hp 2 stroke outboard with electric start, forward controls, electric trim and tilt. Now I just have to source one for the right price.
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Give Shannon a call at Shannon's outboards in Hornsby a call. Great stand up guy, good service and hooked me up with a great deal for a 40hp. Was even happy for me to self install with a fair charge to check my work and commission the motor.
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