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Old 01 June 2014, 19:13   #11
Country: USA
Town: Port Angeles,WA
Boat name: Hurricane
Make: Zodiac
Length: 7m +
Engine: Evinrude
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 28
What RIBS would be considered the all weather heavy duty type
By manufacture?
Here I see zodiac and Willard
These are the only 2 brands I see on the west coast

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Old 01 June 2014, 20:30   #12
Country: USA
Town: CA
Make: Zodiac RIB-P
Length: 7m +
Engine: Suzuki 250
Join Date: Aug 2010
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Willard and zodiac are the most common as they are government surplus and are only $25-50k used vs $100k+ new (I'm just guessing they might be $200k new). A huge majority of them are diesel boats but again they are built with the most robust components. I haven't heard of issues with them beyond normal maintenance. Remember built for government, money was no object.

As for outboards I am building a zodiac with a single 250. I think I have seen 4 others that have a single. 1 has since been converted back to twins. 1 other is just north if you. Search here for zodiac with Yamaha 300.

There is no easy answer to single vs twin. There are many many many pages of discussion here and on all the other boating forums. I went single as it's less expensive to buy, maintain, and more fuel efficient.


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