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Old 06 September 2018, 14:28   #1
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Zodiac Pro 14ft- 70hp? 2 Stroke

So looking for your advise. I have a good running 70hp Yamaha 2 stroke, and I am looking at buying a rib for it. Would a 14ft zodiac pro 420 be to small
For this outboard? Thanks for your help
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So looking for your advise. I have a good running 70hp Yamaha 2 stroke, and I am looking at buying a rib for it. Would a 14ft zodiac pro 420 be to small
For this outboard? Thanks for your help
I think that hull is only rated for 50hp.
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So looking for your advise. I have a good running 70hp Yamaha 2 stroke, and I am looking at buying a rib for it. Would a 14ft zodiac pro 420 be to small
For this outboard? Thanks for your help
Used to have a Zodiac Pro 420, and as mentioned it's rated to 50hp. I ran it with a Yamaha 40hp 2-stroke, but 50hp would be the perfect match. Trouble is a Yamaha 50hp 2-stroke is almost impossible to source as they are favoured by the commercial sector. The Zodiac is quite a shallow hull, so unless you were running it fully loaded (which is unlikely as 4 onboard was tight), then avoid.

With 70hp I'd be looking at a Searider 4.7, again scarce, Ribcraft 4.8, etc. Searider 5.4 could work, but is better matched with Yamaha 90hp.

You could always sell the engine.
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Think it's looking that way. Just really wanting a small rib for water skiing and towing toys. Am I right in thinking the 4.7 searider has the hull that fills with water for stability? Wanting something that's quick onto the plane
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Also what are narwhal 4.7 like?
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There's a pro 420 up here with a 4 stroke Yam 60 on it, goes well, pulls donuts etc and with a family onboard. The 70 2 stroke will certainly be lighter than that so I doubt you'd have any issues with it
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Think it's looking that way. Just really wanting a small rib for water skiing and towing toys. Am I right in thinking the 4.7 searider has the hull that fills with water for stability? Wanting something that's quick onto the plane
Finding a Searider 4.7 will be the first job. Plenty 5.4s around. It has flooding hull, but may be blocked off depending on history.
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There's a pro 420 up here with a 4 stroke Yam 60 on it, goes well, pulls donuts etc and with a family onboard. The 70 2 stroke will certainly be lighter than that so I doubt you'd have any issues with it
Trouble is it's rated for 50hp maximum. I know you can bolt anything on the back, but insurance will wash their hands of it.
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