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Old 24 September 2004, 10:24   #1
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Zodiac CZ7 and Mercury Verado

Hi,
I'd like to know more on the new CZ7 RIB as well as Mercury's Verado series. It's hard to find information and experience from both boat and engine here (in Sweden).

Anyone who can help me on where to find more info or has own personal experience and verdict on either these - please tell me more!

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Old 24 September 2004, 10:33   #2
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I am sure I read somewhere that the CZ7 costs a cool U$180,000.
(Makes Scorpions look value for money!)
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Old 24 September 2004, 11:06   #3
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Have a look here for first hand experience of the Verado: Mercury Verado 250 seatrial experiences .

The CZ7 is featured in the current RIB International magazine (although on the cover they refer to it as the C27!).

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lots of good stuff and fun video here
http://www.zodiaccz7.com/

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Don't bother with a CZ7 - WAY overpriced - if you want a better boat there are plenty around - something like a Scorpion - Revenger etc etc with Ullman seats - they cost about £2000 each but that is about the only advantage the CZ7 has!

http://www.ullmans.com/dynamics/index.htm

The seats may be cheaper where you are - it's a Swedish company!!!
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Old 24 September 2004, 14:34   #6
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I took a ride on the CZ7 when it was introduced. It's essentially the same 24' RIB that Zodiac has been selling to the military and commercial market for many years - I have one. One difference, however, is that the transom braket for the outboards extends all the way to the bottom, effectively extending the LOA and largely offsetting the weight of the outboards. The conditions were to calm to get a feeling for how this may affect performance.

Also, the hull and many construction materials used throughout the boat will not burn - so it's safer to some degree. The Ullman seats are different from stock ones - in this case Zodiac licensed the right to modify the seat to their preference. They seemed reasonably comfortable, but the seas were calm so I can't comment further. Everything else are expensive add-ons that can be reproduced or purchased locally at less cost. My impression was that it was a great boat, but you could get identical capability at a fraction of the price in many other boats.
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I took a ride on the CZ7 when it was introduced. It's essentially the same 24' RIB that Zodiac has been selling to the military and commercial market for many years - I have one. One difference, however, is that the transom braket for the outboards extends all the way to the bottom, effectively extending the LOA and largely offsetting the weight of the outboards. The conditions were to calm to get a feeling for how this may affect performance.

Also, the hull and many construction materials used throughout the boat will not burn - so it's safer to some degree. The Ullman seats are different from stock ones - in this case Zodiac licensed the right to modify the seat to their preference. They seemed reasonably comfortable, but the seas were calm so I can't comment further. Everything else are expensive add-ons that can be reproduced or purchased locally at less cost. My impression was that it was a great boat, but you could get identical capability at a fraction of the price in many other boats.

You say about the transom bracket - is it a hydraulic jack as well or fixed - or were you to busy enjoying yourself to notice!!!
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Old 24 September 2004, 20:53   #9
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You say about the transom bracket - is it a hydraulic jack as well or fixed - or were you to busy enjoying yourself to notice!!!
The bracket is fixed aluminum add-on that spans the transom fully (hull is GRP), and from just above the waterline to the bottom of the hull. At the bottom it's flush with the hull and acts as an extension. It's not adjustable. I haven't been able to find a good picture of it, but have played with the one attached to bring out the features as best I could. I was definately enjoying myself, but was very interested in the bracket because I've considered duplicating it with inboard RIBs I prefer to convert to outboards.
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Codprawn, according to Zodiac, the CZ7 hull is based on Hurricane 733 design and even built in a same way. If this is true as expected after seeing the price, the boat is in completely the different category as Scorpions and Revengers. Revenger is really a pleasureboat with quality far from military grade. I have driven a lot of military/commercial Boomerangers, for example last three days and nights, and Revenger (also tested them for hundreds of miles) is nothing near their construction and bad weather performance. Hurricane is equal or even better to Boomeranger, so there's much more different than Ullman seats in those boats.

Scorpion quality is not familiar to me in person, but as far as I have heard experineces from them, they are also far from military level. Still well suitable for pleasure use, but we should not say that Ford Focus will make the same job as Hummer...:-)
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