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Old 06 March 2007, 17:06   #11
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I would say there is quite a bit of difference between the two. The Fastroller weighs 36kg and the Cadet weighs 52kg. Also from my personal experience i can easily lift my boat from the bow and wheel it around for short distances but i tried doing this on a simlar sized aluminium floored boat and i could hardly lift it from the bow.

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Old 06 March 2007, 17:45   #12
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My Quicksilver has a wooden floor and is rated at 15hp - the same model with an air floor is rated to 10hp. I would say it all depends on how you transport it - on a roofrack or trailer stick with a solid floor - if you need to roll it up every trip choose the air.

You are right that 4 strokes don't really like lying on their side - some are worse than others. It all depends on how long you leave it before strating the engine - my suzuki will smoke a bit at first if it's been on it's side for a while so oil is obviously getting to the plugs.

The 4 stroke is quite a heavy lump but very smooth and quiet - also hardly uses any fuel. I would prefer a 2 stroke though - for the same weight you could have a 20 or even 25hp!!!
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Old 06 March 2007, 17:50   #13
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You are right that 4 strokes don't really like lying on their side - some are worse than others. It all depends on how long you leave it before strating the engine - my suzuki will smoke a bit at first if it's been on it's side for a while so oil is obviously getting to the plugs.
Does the Suzuki have a designated side to lay it down on. Because with my engine if you store it on the right side it starts fine, no different to being stored upright.

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Old 06 March 2007, 21:10   #14
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ok im going for the 11' 340... I need the wood floor since Ill be carrying gear and need the stability. The boat will be carried always inflated on the bed of my pick up (6' bed which means ill have 5' hanging back with a flag) no biggie

I already have two small trailers one for a 15' monohull sailboat and another for my 16' hobie cat....cant have another trailer period!

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Will the 125lbs cadet be too heavy to carry to and from the bed of my truck by two people??

Can I fit a 25hp into a 15-20hp max rated boat???

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Old 06 March 2007, 22:49   #15
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Does the Suzuki have a designated side to lay it down on. Because with my engine if you store it on the right side it starts fine, no different to being stored upright.

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Yes it does - but as I said you get some smoke on startup unless you wait about 1/2 hr.
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Old 06 March 2007, 22:58   #16
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ok im going for the 11' 340... I need the wood floor since Ill be carrying gear and need the stability. The boat will be carried always inflated on the bed of my pick up (6' bed which means ill have 5' hanging back with a flag) no biggie

I already have two small trailers one for a 15' monohull sailboat and another for my 16' hobie cat....cant have another trailer period!

Next questions:
Will the 125lbs cadet be too heavy to carry to and from the bed of my truck by two people??

Can I fit a 25hp into a 15-20hp max rated boat???

thanks!
Engine WEIGHT is the main criteria - if you can get a 25hp 2 stroke for the weight of a 15hp 4 stroke go for it. I think the Yam 25hp is the same engine as the 20 anyway.

As to moving the boat around what you need are these wheels or similar - people say things are more expensive in Britain but these wheels look overpriced to me - shop around!!!

http://www.allinflatables.com/shoppi...om/wheels.html

Here is a pic of my boat with the wheels attached - make sure you get the large inflatable tyres - not the solid ones. The wheels just swing up out of the way when you aren't using them. They are essential....
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So a 25hp mounted on a 15hp rated boat will not cause me any trouble,,,transom ripping out of boat or Coastguard giving me a fine for overpowering the vessel?
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So a 25hp mounted on a 15hp rated boat will not cause me any trouble,,,transom ripping out of boat or Coastguard giving me a fine for overpowering the vessel?
Depends on your coastguard. As to the transom you have this wonderful control called a throttle - use it wisely!!!
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Ok...Ive made my mind Ill stick with the 15hp and the 11' zodiac 340....
I hope the 15hp planes the boat with three adult people.

Havent called zodiac for a quote on this model...
J S: How much did u pay for the active V 340??
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You should be fine. I used to have a Zodiac MkI GT (3.4m as far as I remember) with a Mariner 15hp. That planed OK with 3 adults on board.

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