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Old 09 August 2020, 13:46   #1
Country: USA
Town: Portland, OR
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Advice on an F470 Zodiac?

Went for a ride on my buddy’s, had a good time. Seems like a good play boat that could take our 7 person family up and down river to get to some beaches in the summer.

Looking for advice on this boat in particular. The 25hp motor would likely only be used til the end of summer, I’d search out a 40hp over winter. I’d ditch the seats and wood floor too. My concern is the cracking and fading on the rubstrake which is grey with splotches, I’ve never seen one that’s not all black.

Anyone with more than experience than me have any thoughts on this boat?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 13 August 2020, 21:03   #2
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That is a very old F 470 . It looks like an early version with s 15” shaft transom. If so gonna be hard to find a recent 40hp with a 15” shaft. Rubrail does not look original .

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Old 21 August 2020, 12:43   #3
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I would keep looking and check for government auctions as well. 15.5 feet is where you want to start, but I would lean towards a RIB if you want to go out on the Columbia.

If you can stay way from older 2-strokes. If you can find a newer one that's better, but I don't know what your budget is or your time frame. If you want to go for a ride in a RIB just let me know.

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