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Old 27 April 2008, 12:56   #21
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Where abouts are you going to uni?
I'm hopefully going to Brighton Uni from 2009, if I ever manage to escape from High Wycombe!

Hopefully I could find some storage near there, but some people want a small fortune per month to rent a garage!
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Old 27 April 2008, 13:17   #22
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How much are you looking at? I managed to find one for 40+vat a month in Portsmouth just behind my halls of residence. Ideal!
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Old 27 April 2008, 18:30   #23
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How much are you looking at? I managed to find one for 40+vat a month in Portsmouth just behind my halls of residence. Ideal!
10 a week is what I'm hoping for, but I think it will be best to look in local papers etc as the ones on the net vary so much in price, I looked the other day and I think 17 per week was the cheapest I've found so far ... you've definitely got a good deal there mate ;-)
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Old 28 April 2008, 03:51   #24
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Just out of interest, how long would people say it takes to completely set up a zapcat from being fully deflated and also how long to pack back down completely deflated? I have seen in advertising that it takes 45 mins either way but I think this might be 'over-optimistic'. Would a couple of hours be enough?
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Old 28 April 2008, 09:33   #25
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Just out of interest, how long would people say it takes to completely set up a zapcat from being fully deflated and also how long to pack back down completely deflated? I have seen in advertising that it takes 45 mins either way but I think this might be 'over-optimistic'. Would a couple of hours be enough?
Once you setup and taken it down a couple of times, your assembly time will go down a fair bit. Also having a high speed electric pump (rather than foot pump) will make a huge difference. If you can set it up where there is a flat surface and an electrical outlet it will be twice as fast as setting it up at a remote beach.

Just to give some idea of the set up time for my boats, when I'm alone, they are;

A) 3.5m Zodiac - About 12 minutes with electrical pump. About 25 minutes with a manual pump

B) 4.2m Zodiac - About 20 minutes with electrical pump. About 50 minutes with a foot pump.

C) 4.7m Gemini with highjackers - about 40 minutes with the electrical pump. With a foot pump - unknown (and don't want to know!!!).

These times also include mounting the outboard motor. Also I should mention that my electrical pump gets most of the air volume in, but the pressure still needs to be topped up with a manual pump (which is where a good deal of the time consumption occurs even when an electrical pump is also used). With my Gemini I also received a manual double action piston pump which is also a fair bit faster than the foot pump is, but I haven't tried using it on my zodiacs yet (and probably won't now that I have the electrical pump).

The set up time on a 4.2m Thundercat should fall somewhere between that of the 4.2m Zodiac and the 4.7m Gemini (the tubes of the Gemini Dive 470 have 50% greater diameter than those of a zapcat).
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Old 28 April 2008, 11:40   #26
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Once you setup and taken it down a couple of times, your assembly time will go down a fair bit. Also having a high speed electric pump (rather than foot pump) will make a huge difference. If you can set it up where there is a flat surface and an electrical outlet it will be twice as fast as setting it up at a remote beach.

Just to give some idea of the set up time for my boats, when I'm alone, they are;

A) 3.5m Zodiac - About 12 minutes with electrical pump. About 25 minutes with a manual pump

B) 4.2m Zodiac - About 20 minutes with electrical pump. About 50 minutes with a foot pump.

C) 4.7m Gemini with highjackers - about 40 minutes with the electrical pump. With a foot pump - unknown (and don't want to know!!!).

These times also include mounting the outboard motor. Also I should mention that my electrical pump gets most of the air volume in, but the pressure still needs to be topped up with a manual pump (which is where a good deal of the time consumption occurs even when an electrical pump is also used). With my Gemini I also received a manual double action piston pump which is also a fair bit faster than the foot pump is, but I haven't tried using it on my zodiacs yet (and probably won't now that I have the electrical pump).

The set up time on a 4.2m Thundercat should fall somewhere between that of the 4.2m Zodiac and the 4.7m Gemini (the tubes of the Gemini Dive 470 have 50% greater diameter than those of a zapcat).
Wow thats a good selection of boats, and has made me feel a bit better! I reckon I will go ahead with this and just hope that I can find some storage when I move, if not then I will have the option of packing away and storing indoors. Thanks for your help :-)
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Old 28 April 2008, 13:57   #27
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if you plan on taking it apart, and are getting a 50hp, don't forget about th weight of the engine - can't say I'd want to be doing it too often.
Or, just make sure your mates don't scarper before it is put away!!
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Old 28 April 2008, 19:09   #28
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Hi- Its been a while since ive been on here, anyhows- i am also looking for a thundercat/zapcat after selling my bombard aerotec last year - About 2 weeks ago i was fortunate enough to get one of the last available for the domestic market(probably the last)brand new 50 Tohatsu s.shaft 2 stroke's in the country - not looking forward to running it in though! It cost me 2240 from Extreme Marine in Southampton.

Ive got a trailer too-just need the hull!!!

I strongly recommend the Bravo 12 inflator pump i used with my bombard(and will also use with the thundercat)

http://www.force4.co.uk/ProductDetai...productID/4526

It will inflate to 11.7psi,and it will inflate a zapcat fully(including the hijackers)in literally a few mins. It will automatically shut off once it has reached whatever pressure you set it at-so no need for a seperate pressure gauge.
Oh yea-its a 12 volt pump that connects directly to your car battery.

Best bit of kit i brought for setting up my boat!
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Old 28 April 2008, 19:18   #29
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What's 11.7 PSI, the keel or tubes pressure, can you specify or give both pressures to understand zap cats better.
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Old 28 April 2008, 19:30   #30
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What's 11.7 PSI, the keel or tubes pressure, can you specify or give both pressures to understand zap cats better.
Its the measurment of pressure that the pump can inflate up to (roughly 0.8bar).The main sponsons inflate to about 4psi i think-but underneath these are the hijackers(tubes below each side of the boat) which you inflate to 9psi- i understand that the race boys inflate them much harder than this though.
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