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Old 15 April 2013, 08:28   #1
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Hi all. I bought a Zodiac rib last September and for reasons of weather,work,gig rowing and more work I have yet to get it on the water and see how it handles and feels. I know that it is not a tough,rough handle any condition type deep v rib and that it is set up more for leisure use.
If any members out there own this type of rib what is it like at handling average conditions on journeys up the coast or in slightly rougher conditions? I know it will handle better than my old 3.7m sib but as I will not be in a position to take it out till mid May I would be interested in what to expect from those with this type of rib.
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Old 15 April 2013, 16:35   #2
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Hi, is it an Pro or a Pro Open? Either way, I think they have the same hull, just different seating arrangements (someone here may be better informed).

I have a Pro Open 550, and can vouch that it is brilliant when the water is flat, but starts to get a bit bouncy as the waves pick up. The weekend before last we were out in So'ton water, Saturday was a force 3 - beautiful, Sunday was a f4-5 and wind against tide - I got airbourne! so you have to take it a bit more easy. That said, she was fine with it - just not too comfortable.

Mine has a 90HP, but is 0.5m longer and probably heavier arrangement of seating, etc. - she flys, and so should yours given relatively flat water.
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Old 15 April 2013, 16:58   #3
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That's great to hear. Mine has a yam 60 and will be used mainly to move around the south Cornish coast.
If the weather is favourable I might some day go to the Scillies but the weather window would have to be both ways. Just out of interest what size waves were you dealing with?
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Old 15 April 2013, 17:08   #4
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The Zodiac 500 is basically a renamed Pro 4.7 which was previously called Pro 9 Man! You've Zodiac marketing to thank for that one!

Now comes in Classic, Touring and Sport variations, which includes different deck layouts, tube design and material, etc. As far as I'm aware the hull is exactly the same across the three models.

I used to have a Pro 7 Man which was renamed the Pro Classic 420 (version below 500). It's a shallow v hull, so great in decent weather, but once the wind gets up it will 'slap' in the rough stuff. Something to be aware of - as your passengers won't appreciate the ride handling if the weather changes. I know myself that making headway against wind and tide can be uncomfortable and wet!

Not sure which engine you've gone for? The 500 used to be sold with a 4-stroke 60hp (rated for 70hp max) which seemed to offer best weight/power configuration. Move fuel tanks if possible to under console to spread weight distribution.

Main thing is to get out and enjoy it.
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I have another flavour of basically the same RIB, mine's an Avon 470 with a Mariner 60, good for about 32 knots flat out and feels solid, ok when the going gets lumpier.
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Old 15 April 2013, 17:22   #6
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Thank you that's great info. Mine has a yam 60 4 stroke. It has a built in fuel tank in the console which I believe is 35l I will find out when I fill it up!
It's my first venture into a rib after having a sib for the last 4 years. My eventual aim is to go for a deep v rib with better offshore attributes. If decent weather and sea state coincide with my day off I will be out like a shot!! Just not happened yet!!
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You'll be fine. Bob Keeper did a few trips to the Scillies with us with his 550 Pro, no problem . They're OK in most conditions, where do you launch? We launch our SR at Durgan on the Helford, feel free to hook-up sometime.
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That's great to hear. Mine has a yam 60 and will be used mainly to move around the south Cornish coast.
If the weather is favourable I might some day go to the Scillies but the weather window would have to be both ways. Just out of interest what size waves were you dealing with?
We were in Southampton water, which is fairly sheltered, so waves were only 18"-2ft. That said we were going pretty much flat out.

As other suggest, you will be fine, it is just less comfortable with passengers bouncing on their seats sometimes.
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You'll be fine. Bob Keeper did a few trips to the Scillies with us with his 550 Pro, no problem . They're OK in most conditions, where do you launch? We launch our SR at Durgan on the Helford, feel free to hook-up sometime.
Hi Mollers
I used to launch at Helford with my sib but the Zodiac would need to be reversed straight into the water. Durgan is an option but if the tides are not right I don't fancy reversing across the sand with my car.
I am hoping to use Falmouth even though its a little walk after parking the trailer. It would be great to hook-up sometime. Do you keep your SR on the water during the summer? If so I have probably rowed past it a few times.

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Hi Mollers
It is quite likely that the 500 Pro will be very comfortable compared to your Sib, so you might be pleasantly surprised.This is only my experience, and probably leaves me wide open to abuse, but I have owned several Sibs from 3.2 to 3.8m, with both aluminium and air floors. None of them were as comfortable as any of the small (5.00-5.35m) Ribs I have owned. Go and enjoy it and don't worry about changing to a deep V just yet.
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