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Old 17 May 2019, 12:56   #1
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Zodiac futura sport

Hi guys

I hope you donít mind me asking this as a first post, Iím relatively new to ribs and sibs I currently have a small 3m sib with a 9.8hp on the back. Due to lack of use this has seized which I hope to get fixed at some point. However- I am thinking about getting a much bigger boat as I now have space to store one.

The boat in question I have been offered is a zodiac futura sport (white and yellow one) it has the main console fitted along with a trailer and is fitted with a very tidy 50hp 2 stroke Yamaha on it.

Itís not seen much use and is in very good condition, I still need to check for stress fractures after reading online on the console but other than that looks in amazing condition.

What sort of money would something like this go for ? Just to gauge the price itís been offered to me really. What sort of year were these made as well as I canít find much information on this specific boat.

Many thanks in advance and apologies for the big read !

Maudey
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Old 17 May 2019, 13:18   #2
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The big big question is what is its age (transom plate serial no will tell you) and has it the start of glue failure on the seams?? This is a common issue on older ones.
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Old 17 May 2019, 13:23   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply ! I shall message the seller now and find out.

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Old 17 May 2019, 13:51   #4
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I would say probably 1995 to 2000 no later than that.

The really early futura sports were all red then they moved to the white / yellow / black mix, which is the one I had.

Out of interest does the boat have a yellow all over tailored cover?

As to price, I would probably say max £3k, engines may go forever but not the futura, your also getting to old searider money at that level - which is a 10 times better sea boat (both can carry the same engine, both have to go on a trailer, the Zodiac may go faster, but that's until you hit the first wave!, searider will then win hands down)
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Old 17 May 2019, 14:01   #5
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Hi vipermax80

Just waiting on a reply for the age of the boat. I will have a look at the sea rider for comparison.

Ermmm yes from memory it does have a all yellow cover. Iím unsure how common that is but t does it sound like you know of the machine ?

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Old 17 May 2019, 14:04   #6
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The yellow and white Futura will be an early model, PVC of course and they fail at the seams. The seam used to run under the lace cuff, but they moved it to the waterline so it didn't get exposed to extremes of heat and sunlight.

Things to look for are the inflatable keel (they fail at the welded seam at the transom end). The speed tubes also take a battering. Depends very much how it's been looked after and if it's been under cover. Aluminium HD floors will outlive any ply version.

The ones I've seen have the jockey seat and wing mirrors (for towing) and are plug ugly. Better with an open plan layout to utilise space.

The Yamaha 50hp is a sought after engine (model G) probably more desirable than the boat.
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Old 17 May 2019, 14:05   #7
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If its got a yellow cover, then its probably my old boat, as I had a yellow cover tailor made for it. Post some pictures if you've got any.

Back to price, for me childhood memories so priceless.......but being serious a great Searider delux with a 50HP on the back sold a few weeks ago on this forum for £3k and it was a cracking boat.
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"plug ugly" well I do wear specs, but I did quite like the look myself.

Thought the floor was a composite or at least a ply core, they were covered in some form of yellow rubber / plastic (but the bow section was black painted ply).
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At the guessed age are they worth buying if stored under a cover and under a roof out of the sun?

How’d you find it vipermax80 ? Good boat in general/ if it was your old boat?

Any more estimates on the price for a boat of this age ?

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Old 17 May 2019, 14:30   #10
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Great boats when it is flat, drove like it was on rails when cornering, always put a smile on my face.

But as mentioned above, large jockey console and inflatable boat not a good combination if there are any waves or more importantly wind, as you can't get your weight in the right place to balance the boat and engine....result bow in the air, holding for dear life, new pair of trousers etc

One just sold for a little of £2k with a 40hp and it was carrying some patches.
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