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Old 05 May 2015, 07:40   #1
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Newbie with a Zodiac

Hi everyone, been looking on here for quite sometime now searching out info on different ribs and have now eventually purchased my first rib.

Ive owned boats since I was 12yrs old living on the Isle Of Wight, must admit Ive lost count on the amount of boats owned over the years.

Im now living in Australia where I have continued to own many different boats (mainly fibreglass).

I have just bought the latest model 550pro tour with a Yamaha 70 4 stroke, an engine Im quite familiar with as Ive owned one on another boat clocking up several hundred hours of faultless enjoyment. Im currently selling my other boat which has another fantastic Suzuki 90 (both great engines).

Must admit I was quite surprised how well the Zodiac performs especially after finding a few negative comments on them, maybe some were set up poorly. First test was in relatively choppy conditions with 15-20 knots SE and 2m swell went way beyond what I expected and my only regret is not buying one years ago.

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Old 07 May 2015, 06:29   #2
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Wow 88 views and not one welcome onboard from anyone

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Old 07 May 2015, 06:35   #3
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Hi Jonp!
Welcome!
I can honestly say that I wasn't one of the 88 viewers and this is my first view!

Looks like a stunning boat and I'm very jealous of your coastline, it looks stunning (or at least it does from satellite!)
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Old 07 May 2015, 07:23   #4
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Hi Jonp!
Welcome!
I can honestly say that I wasn't one of the 88 viewers and this is my first view!

Looks like a stunning boat and I'm very jealous of your coastline, it looks stunning (or at least it does from satellite!)


Thanks mate, was just seeing if I could get a reaction out of anyone

Hope to be able to find out a a bit on here and contribute as much as possible.

Cheers Jon
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Old 07 May 2015, 11:04   #5
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Looks good. I used to dive off a Pro 550 with a Mercury 70hp. It did about 20 knots on plane with 4 divers.
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Old 08 May 2015, 16:35   #6
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Hi, I have the pro 500 (same colour scheme) with Yam 70 and it has 16 hrs on the clock. 34kts max at the mo but hope for one or two more as it runs in. Very strong engine, love the torque. I am sure you will find it a great combination.
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Old 08 May 2015, 18:12   #7
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Hi, I have the pro 500 (same colour scheme) with Yam 70 and it has 16 hrs on the clock. 34kts max at the mo but hope for one or two more as it runs in. Very strong engine, love the torque. I am sure you will find it a great combination.
Thanks Red Fox, Ive already owned a Yam 70 4 stroke on a fibreglass boat. I found it didn't really feel run in until after its 100hr service, after that it seemed to pick up a little more speed and feel even better, unfortunately sold that outfit after clocking up 300hrs in the first year.

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Old 09 May 2015, 03:09   #8
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Hi from another zodiac owner - the pro 500 (4.7m).

I like my set up and with the 50 on teh back goes well enough for me
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Old 17 May 2015, 20:02   #9
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Hi, I have the pro 500 (same colour scheme) with Yam 70 and it has 16 hrs on the clock. 34kts max at the mo but hope for one or two more as it runs in. Very strong engine, love the torque. I am sure you will find it a great combination.

Do you have the 4 stroke or 2 stroke and what pitch prop are you running?

cheers Jon
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Old 18 May 2015, 13:46   #10
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4 stroke and the prop is the one that came with it...not sure of the pitch and its in the garage up against the wall on blocks so no way to get at the figures until next week when hope to get out on the sea.
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