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Old 21 August 2012, 18:13   #11
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I had a Zodiac Pro 420 for 3 years. Fantastic boats in terms of finish and styling, but it slapped in the rough stuff. Fine for the Med, but round our coast you'd be better off with a decent deep v hull as invariably there's always a bit of chop when you're out. I'd suggest looking for a Searider 4.7, just because of size... or dare I say it... a Ribcraft 4.8m! My garage is 18' and mine fits!

Sell the Zodiac privately. Most dealers won't pay the sort of money you're looking for - with a 2005 boat, even if there's a 4 stroke engine. Price wise - this might help:
Zodiac Pro 420 Boats for sale Ireland, Zodiac Used boat sales, Zodiac Inflatable Boats For Sale Zodiac pro 7 rib for sale - Apollo Duck
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Old 21 August 2012, 18:41   #12
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Old 22 August 2012, 02:57   #13
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Old 22 August 2012, 03:55   #14
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I'd suggest looking for a Searider 4.7, just because of size... or dare I say it... a Ribcraft 4.8m! My garage is 18' and mine fits!

Price wise - this might help:
Zodiac Pro 420 Boats for sale Ireland, Zodiac Used boat sales, Zodiac Inflatable Boats For Sale Zodiac pro 7 rib for sale - Apollo Duck
Thanks for the suggestions. At the moment i think the ribcraft is out of my price league unless i wait till end of next season when i'll be able to put a bit more towards one. I shall measure up my garage and see what i can squeeze in.

Thanks for the link. If i can get around that sort of money that would be a result and i'd only be losing a little, well acutally by the time you add on all the extra's ive added more than a little but hey ho.

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Really?!!

Should I put a match to it?
I'll count the other one back in again then.


I take it seariders go on for some time, only whispers one is a 1991 boat. So id be going from 2005 to 1991. Anything i need to be aware of or do they generally hold out ok?
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Old 22 August 2012, 04:22   #15
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I would not rule out 4stís, but do pay attention to the weights as I have a Sr4 with a yam 50hp 2st & it is quite tail heavy (I have Dolfins fitted which sort it out!) My brother in law had one with a yam 40hp 2st with out power tilt which was lighter & would keep up with me pretty much although not having power T&T is a right pain in the but! But I do love the growl of my 50 2st compared to my yam 115hp 4st!
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Old 22 August 2012, 04:59   #16
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What sort of speed could you expect from an sr4 with a Yamaha 2stroke 40hp on a flat day with just a driver?
I'm also looking at trading up from my 25hp 3.6m Tornado (built as a tender!)
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Old 22 August 2012, 07:43   #18
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The Sr4 i had seen has been described as untidy and needs work to the hull and also potentially a fair bit of money spent on the engine, so that rules that one out.

So i'm now seriously considering Whispers 4.7, just got to see if it all fits in my garage. I know the a frame wont. Any one seen it or got any thoughts on the age, 1991?
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You can take the frame off!.....
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Old 22 August 2012, 10:33   #20
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Yep. Already spoken to whisper and he has he struts to replace if the frame comes off. Hopefully going to have a peek next week. What's the thought on age of tubes etc. Do they generally last for some time. My only experience is really with my newish zodiac. Just don't want to be worse off if that makes sense.
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