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Old 06 December 2013, 22:37   #1
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"Upgrading" from an SR4 to a Zodiac H533 (530)?

Hey guys,
I currently have a SR4 and love it. I just need a few extra feet to carry some gear. I have the opportunity to pick up a Zodiac Hurricane H533. It looks like this isnt the deep V Hurricane, but rather the shallower hull that is found on the Zodiac 530 or 420,550.500, etc..

I do enjoy hitting the short and steep wind waves at full speed on my SR4. Will the Zodiac be completely unpleasant? I would just hate to regret the "upgrade." I have never been on any other RIB besides my SR4 but it does seem to cut through waves pretty well for being so small.
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Old 09 December 2013, 19:01   #2
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Old 10 December 2013, 06:50   #3
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Great choice dude!
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I have a 530 pro and have driven an SR4 and a 5.4, although have only been on a lake in the 4. The 530, compared to the 5.4 is more harsh a ride, no doubt about it, and it leans much less on the turns. On the other hand, the deck space is so much larger. The "flatter" handling is not a problem, just different and I've been out in the 530 in some very choppy conditions and it was good fun, and the boat coped admirably. I find the ride in the 530 to be much drier than in the SR's. I'd say try before you buy, but I guess I'm too late!

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Old CA Dept of Fish and Game boat. Looks like it cleaned up really nice.
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Thanks for the info Phil M. I hope to have it out in the water by the weekend and I will post some updates.
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Finally got to take out the Zodiac. Removed the T Top since it doesnt get too hot out here. As expected, it does ride a tad but harsh compared to the SR4 but nothing too uncomfortable. I noticed I had to trim down far to avoid any hard slaps. Otherwise I love the added space and speed.

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Finally got to take out the Zodiac. Removed the T Top since it doesnt get too hot out here. As expected, it does ride a tad but harsh compared to the SR4 but nothing too uncomfortable. I noticed I had to trim down far to avoid any hard slaps. Otherwise I love the added space and speed.
Now that's a great video ... That guy can handle that remote
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Awesome video. Looks like a gorgeous day on the bay - you guys got some miles in!

How's the Honda running? What kind of performance numbers?
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Brilliant drone footage. Can we ask - what equipment did you use for filming this ? How fast we're you driving ? The drone appears to keep up very well
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