Does anybody have any experience with a tiller handle on a Zodiac 530 pro? I'm thinking about buying one from a gentleman that replaced the tubes and didn't use it very much. It's currently setup with 4 seats and two consoles. It has an older Mercury 2 stroke 50hp detuned to a 35hp. I was thinking about clearing out all the seats, filling in all the holes, and putting a Yamaha 70hp outboard on it. Do you guys think that's enough outboard for that boat if I put 4 people and a weekends worth of gear and booze?
I currently have a Achilles SU-16 and like it pretty well but I wish it was a bit bigger and the ride on any sort of chop is pretty rough... I know RIB's would help out quite a bit with the ride with the fiberglass but I've heard that this particular Zodiac 530 Pro likes to have weight in the bow? Does anybody have much experience with these? I've included the link to the boat. I'm not sure if you can see it from your countries but I think it's a pretty decent boat... I'm going to see the guy first thing this weekend.
Also, do you guys have any ideas for putting a fuel tank up near the bow? Does a 30 gallon fuel drum strapped near the bow sound too hillbilly? Thanks for all your wisdom!