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Old 01 April 2008, 17:40   #1
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Zodiac 12 man is a 60hp enough?

Hi,

I am buying a 5.2m Zodiac 12man Pro shortly but can't decide on the engine.
The Zodiac Spec says 90hp Maximum so something like an 80hp Yamaha
seems a good choice but this weighs a whopping 60kgs more than the Yamaha
60hp which costs about 1k less. My natural instinct is go for the extra power
but with the weight penalty half the extra power is wasted. Interested to hear
peoples views, experiences with a 60hp on this size of boat.

Happy Ribbing.

A
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Old 02 April 2008, 02:46   #2
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I have a 5.4 Sea Rider. It came with a 60 and was Ok 1 or 2 up but poor hole shot. I changed that to a rebuilt Yammy 90 2 stroke. Now she will come straight out of the hole 5 up.

So I would definitely say go for the extra horses and if weight is an issue look at 2 strokes whether an older rebuilt one or some of the newer technology ones, if you have the cash, which are considerably lighter than their 4 stroke cousins but weigh a bit less.

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Hi,

I am buying a 5.2m Zodiac 12man Pro shortly but can't decide on the engine.
The Zodiac Spec says 90hp Maximum so something like an 80hp Yamaha
seems a good choice but this weighs a whopping 60kgs more than the Yamaha
60hp which costs about 1k less. My natural instinct is go for the extra power
but with the weight penalty half the extra power is wasted. Interested to hear
peoples views, experiences with a 60hp on this size of boat.

Happy Ribbing.
Go for the largest HP 2 strokes engine the rib can accept, the larger the better or repent for ever!

Happy Boating
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Old 02 April 2008, 12:24   #4
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Mariner optimax 90 (170kg) or a four stroke 80 weighs in at 181KG and both are within the boat limit of 189Kg. Try different dealers for the best price. PA Lynch in the North East have been excellent for me and they have had some great deals on Mariners. Worth towing down for and would probably fit in a day! No relation, just had good service from Phil and Mark.
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Thanks Guys,

A 4 stroke 80 sounds the way to go.

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