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Old 07 September 2009, 11:54   #11
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Try before you buy...PA Lynch have an open day some time with 550 (115hp) and pro 9 (60ho) on the water to try. Give them a call to see when and you should be able to get out in the North Sea in both!
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Old 07 September 2009, 15:55   #12
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Pro 550

I had a Zodiac pro open 550 I would not recomend it to anyone. I had the pro open my son had a medline then changed it for a pro 12. I sold my pro open and bought a new Avon 580.
Both the medline, Avon 580 and pro 12 are far better than the 550 pro open.

The 550 chine walks horribly. Test one and see. Just my experiance
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I had a Zodiac pro open 550 I would not recomend it to anyone. I had the pro open my son had a medline then changed it for a pro 12. I sold my pro open and bought a new Avon 580.
Both the medline, Avon 580 and pro 12 are far better than the 550 pro open.

The 550 chine walks horribly. Test one and see. Just my experiance
I have heard that. Strange isn't it. The Medline and Pro 12-man have a hull angle of 24.5°, (550 is 24°) although they must have different hull designs. I've also heard the 550 sits on it's tubes at the stern even on the plane, where as some other boats, will sit a little higher in the water.

Found an interesting review. http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=c...ew&hl=en&gl=uk
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Old 21 September 2009, 10:45   #14
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pro Open 550

I am also thinking about the Pro Open 550, has anyone got any views on this boat for a similar use to spartacus. Excuse my ignorance but what is chine walking?
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Old 21 September 2009, 12:08   #15
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I am also thinking about the Pro Open 550, has anyone got any views on this boat for a similar use to spartacus. Excuse my ignorance but what is chine walking?
I've opted against the 550, not so much because of the reviews, but because I will have a potential storage problem. My next boat has to fit in a domestic garage, which is 18' long. The 550 is just over 18', but once you've added the trailer drawbar and the engine, you're probably looking at closer to 21'. Also the console will sit quite high once it's on the trailer. The console can hinge forward - which is a nice touch.

Chine walk is the tendency for a boat to oscillate back and forth between its port and starboard chines or lifting strakes on the hull. This will only be evident under speed or certain sea conditions.

Personally If I was purchasing a 550 I'd want a sea trial. If you're prepared to spend the best part of £20k on a new boat, I'd want the reassurance that can only come with testing it yourself, or speak with a dealer that you trust.

I still like the look of the boat, but would opt for one with a bolster seat, and not one with the swivel captain's chairs, which probably are more cosmetic than practical, especially in anything other than a calm sea.

There's a second-hand one for sale at Wills Marine in Devon.
http://www.willsmarine.co.uk/product...ndex_1166.html
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Thanks for the reply, what did you buy instead? I do plan trialing the options and aim to buy in Spring 2010....but I was tempted at the boat show. The bolster seat, tipping center console +2 rod positions looks a good set up. Engines is a whole new question though.
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Thanks for the reply, what did you buy instead? I do plan trialing the options and aim to buy in Spring 2010....but I was tempted at the boat show. The bolster seat, tipping center console +2 rod positions looks a good set up. Engines is a whole new question though.
Currently awaiting prices and specification on a Seaquest 4.8m commercial. The finish looks superb. Absolutely no idea how much though - so it might be back to the drawing board. Looks a bit like a Delta with a deep V hull, oversized console screen, wing-back jockey seats, etc.

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After much searching for a rib in the 5-6m range I finally bit the bullet and just bought a 2014 zodiac 550 pro tour, the price was just too good to not give one a try.

I must admit that finding reviews on the boat had been very few and far between and frankly the comments on here were greatly putting me off even trying one.

Ive owned boats for 38 years and tend to go with performance offshore boats as I game fish 40-50km offshore on the south east coast of Australia. Often fishing in winds of 25-35 knots was starting to become not so much fun anymore with neck and back problems.

Over the years Ive always been very anti rib (partly due to the harsh sun and the fact that mako sharks always take a liking to my boats).

My first test in the 550 was in 15-20 kn SE wind with 1.5m sea on a 2m swell. I must admit as I headed out through our local bar crossing I was feeling quite doubtful that this boat would be a keeper and I was already picturing it back on the market. Wrong Wrong Wrong, this boat can handle the sea in all directions far better than any glass boat Ive ever owned, I even prefer its sporty fun handling over many of the bigger cats and tri hulls Ive been in over the years.

As for chine walking etc, back on inclosed sheltered waters where I was able to test at flat chat, there was no chine walk what so ever. All I can think is that those who experience it may of had a badly set up outboard (maybe 1 or 2 holes to low) or that the latest boats perform better. Saying that I do only have quite a small engine (Yam 70 4 stroke) which tops out at 64km (might be able to squeeze a little more with some prop testing). By the way the tour is lighter at 315kg which is why it only has the 70.

The 550 will be used 50km offshore targeting yellowfin and bluefin from this weekend as well as a dive and research boat.

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Why not just get a Pro 12 Man (Pro 550) if you only want a 90?

Perks of the Pro Open:
More factory installed seating
Large console molded in to the floor
Flashier tube
Bow pulpit w/ anchor roller on tube
Bigger rating (120 hp instead of 90 hp)
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I have a 2003 Zodiac Pro 550 with a Honda 75hp and experienced no issues around chine walking either. It's a good solid family boat always feeling comfortable and stable.
As for weight. We launch and recover on a beach using a Volvo Awd no problems.

It's a good family fun / fishing boat.
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