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Old 10 August 2005, 18:07   #31
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Old 10 August 2005, 20:47   #32
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It's looking like I will be acquiring one of these in the next few weeks, so another vote for black. If not black, then grey like my current one.
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Old 11 August 2005, 02:40   #33
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I ordered two colour tubes. The top sides is grey (as this fades the least), the under side is dark blue, with a black rubbing strake. The seats will match. I went for a white hull so that it is easy to colour match!
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Old 11 August 2005, 03:29   #34
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Hey Prairie
That looks like the Zodiac inflatable air drop version, I had the MK5 HD with the aluminium floor. When you are checking it out items to look for are the compartment valves abd the engine mount height.
The brass vale outers rotate so you can select to put air into either tube section either side of the baffle or both at the same time and you can shut it off to avaoid leaks also. They are also pressure relief units. One thing to check is that some people put all the valves to free flow between chambers and then attach an air line to fill it up.
With the Futura hull (tubes under the main tubes like runners) make sure they hold air the valves can be fun is some one cross threads them abd check the engine hieght as once on the plane they run on the futura tubes and you can often find if the engines been mounted to the transom. Thus being the wrong height to put the power on when on the plane.
They are bomb proof but if left in the sun the black tubes can be rather hot on the old bottom!!
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Old 11 August 2005, 03:53   #35
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i go with yellow , looks very smart and original
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Old 11 August 2005, 04:07   #36
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I'd go with orange. It's funny how many people slow down when you are near them in an orange rib It does look official
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Old 11 August 2005, 04:08   #37
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Although my boat is grey, I think yellow also is cool after seeing robins, its weird how a rib pulls it off so well, but it looks crap on 98% of cars
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Old 11 August 2005, 05:15   #38
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Old 11 August 2005, 09:49   #39
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Hey Prairie
That looks like the Zodiac inflatable air drop version, I had the MK5 HD with the aluminium floor. When you are checking it out items to look for are the compartment valves abd the engine mount height.
The brass vale outers rotate so you can select to put air into either tube section either side of the baffle or both at the same time and you can shut it off to avaoid leaks also. They are also pressure relief units. One thing to check is that some people put all the valves to free flow between chambers and then attach an air line to fill it up.
With the Futura hull (tubes under the main tubes like runners) make sure they hold air the valves can be fun is some one cross threads them abd check the engine hieght as once on the plane they run on the futura tubes and you can often find if the engines been mounted to the transom. Thus being the wrong height to put the power on when on the plane.
They are bomb proof but if left in the sun the black tubes can be rather hot on the old bottom!!
Have fun
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Good eye

Specifically, it is the Zodiac FC470 (Furtura Commando). A friend acquired some through a U.S. government auction. The valve system works just like you described. Apparently the main sponson & and speed tubes are all holding air very nicely, but the floorboards and inflatable keel need some work. Given that I should be able to pick one of these up for a fraction of it's new price, I can deal with that.

The transoms on these 4.7m are designed for short shaft outboards with maximums of 40-60hp, depending on the floor configuration. From what I understand my current 25 hp motor will move it quite nicely under moderate loads. I might eventually get a 40-50 hp Honda outboard for it. It has a maximum payload of 2756 lbs (1250 kg) so it should be great for 1-2 week moose hunting trips. As for the fabric, it is an 1880 weight hypalon. I might paint the tops of the sponsons grey or a camo pattern to minimize burning my bottom on hot days.

What are your impressions of the futura hull system? Is it a major improvemnt over a conventional SIB inflatable keel? (There is a boat manufacturer in Brittish Columbia who has built aluminum hulls specifically for these sponsons to convert them into bonafide ribs. However that would necessitate a trailer - which I'd rather not be committed to since it would drastically reduce back country lake/river access).

Apologies for the thread hijack.
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Old 11 August 2005, 21:09   #40
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ok um.....whatever mr prairie just said ummm diregard it lol....Anyone have an all Black RIB? How does it look (does it fade quickly? easy to clean? etc.) Im debating between all Black, or Grey tubes black console, seats, and hull, or Navy Blue tubes orange console, seats, and hull. Possibly Blue hull and seats and black tubes too.....dunno to many choices lol
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