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Old 27 January 2008, 02:00   #1
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Transom problems on a Zodiac Medline 1

The Zodiac Medline range look like great family RIBs, albeit a bit pricey new.

I've seen a 2005 Medline 1 Club that is about the right price - 7k - and includes lots of the extras that you wouldn't get on a brand new model...unless you payed even more.

Anyway - I've heard that this older Medline range has had problems with the transom, as it wasn't designed for the heavier 4 strokes. In some instances, the transom has actually cracked, I'm told.

Has anyone had or heard of this problem?

The boat I'm looking at has a Suzuki 70hp 4 stroke on it, which alot of them seem to do. Would this be too heavy a beast?

Thanks.
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Old 28 January 2008, 14:16   #2
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Hi,

I've got a 2006 Medline 2 with a Yamaha 150 on the back.The Yam 150 is the maximum for the Med2 and apart from the Honda 150 afaik it is the heaviest. I've had no transom problems as to date (fingers crossed that continues)..but this isn't the first time i've heard the transom cracking mentioned. However, from what i've heard, Zodiac are generally quick to investigate any reported defects- resulting in replacement if necessary.

Hope that helps
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Old 28 January 2008, 15:54   #3
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Lordy,
I believe the concerns re. transom cracking were real but date back to models around 2000. Due to the increased popularity of 4-strokes, I believe Zodiac "beefed-up" the transom to reflect this trend. From what I recall this was done in early 2000 and hence the 2005 model should be capable of taking a 4-stroke. From the Zodiac brochure it states the medline I can take a 180kg outboard which I am sure should be more than capable of taking the 70HP Suzuki.

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Old 28 January 2008, 16:56   #4
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hi i have zodiac medline 1 with a 60hp 4 stroke yam on no problem and have been out in some fairly rough stuff

i belive fredbolton has/had a med 1 with 70 suzi 4 stroke ?


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Old 29 January 2008, 06:20   #5
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Thanks all. Really useful.

I'm looking to buy second-hand, so I don't know if Zodiac would be interested if the transom developed issues,, but the model I've seen is 2006 so should be safe.

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Old 29 January 2008, 17:05   #6
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No problems with mine I would snatch the guy's hand off at 7k for a 2005 model
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