Originally Posted by spartacus
Welcome to the forum Alex.
The Zodiac projet series is basically a luxury tender. Early models used 2-stroke Yamaha 80hp units, and later a 4-stroke 98hp. That's a lot of horses for a relatively small boat. Should be fairly robust, but it has a shallow v hull so expect it to slap in the rough stuff if you get caught out with the weather.
As you've already found out - getting the carbs rebuilt suggests it's been laid up for some time, possibly with stale fuel. Main thing is to determine its service history and get someone to check it thoroughly.
Zodiac still make the Projet for the US market, but in Europe it's the Yachtline and needs an outboard. http://www.zodiacmarineusa.com/files...iac_Projet.pdf
Still hold their prices this side of the pond for use examples. Here's one: Zodiac Projet 350 - Autumn Special Offer £9,995 | Wills Marine Ltd
Yes I have a year 2000 so unfortunately it has the louder/older 2 stroke yamaha. Has a lot of power though!
You are very correct about the shallow hull. Even in about 2ft waves we we could only get up to about 20mph before going airborne and flying around a bit. Not too fun for my four year old daughter up front (or safe for that matter).
Does the length of a boat affect the ride more or the angle of the v hull?
I have heard so much about bad gasoline (with ethanol) and stale fuel that I will ALWAYS being adding ethanol treament and stabilizer to my fuel and using premium grade. Worth the small extra expense I think.
*** Does anyone have a recommended PVC tube cleaner? I have heard most folks say use very mild cleaners. Even a household cleaner like 409 spray.
Thanks to all. This is a great way to get info.