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Old 23 May 2023, 19:41   #1
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New Boat: Zodiac Hurricane 733

Hello Ribforum! wanted to post about my new boat and ask some questions.
here is my 1998 Navy Built Zodiac Hurricane 733 with twin 2006 Yamaha 115s. boat was sitting for a while and neglected but the motors are great! never been in saltwater and only 400 hours.

things i plan to do over the next few years:

- new console with top, windshield and shock mitigating seats
- Electronics, autopilot
- some sort of foam teak or hydroturf flooring
- All new aluminum crash bar and rear tower with fold down ladder
- Twin 200s Fly by wire Suzuki or Yamaha
- New fuel tanks
- New tubes

Questions for the forum-
- Fuel Tanks: i found a leak at the fuel sender due to stripped threads on my main tank. looks like everyone gets aluminum tanks built but i looked up the part numbers on the tanks and they are available from the manufacture- they need to be purchased through zodiac or a moeller distributor. is there a reason why people don't go this route of replacing the factory installed polymer tanks?
- Tubes: Boat currently has 2008 Wing tubes on it- I would like to replace with Zodiac Tubes in Black. What do people think of factory Zodiac Tubes vs Wing?
- Twin 200s- ive seen this done on the 733- what are the pros and cons of getting twin 200s vs 150s
- this boat was used by the Navy up until 2017- does anyone know how i can get some history on it? how it was used by the Navy or anything?
- Bow locker- I've seen this on a lot of other 733s. does anyone know where i can buy one? does anyone have any experience with ordering tanks, tubes and parts through Zodiac hurricane?

Thanks all!
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Old 24 May 2023, 22:49   #2
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Hmm,

I think aluminum tanks donít off gas like the plastic so you have less venting concerns. Iím not sure about now but you could probably get a custom aluminum cheaper than the Moeller tanks in the past.

Zodiac factory tubes may or may not be built by Wing? I canít say anything bad about Wing, they are probably the largest manufacturer for the military and their products are top notch. You know a new set of tubes is like $12k US? Thatís a lot for making them black.

If you are repowering you might consider a single? Only half as much to go wrong and if you just have the one fuel tank and electrical systemÖ. I would look at the Suzuki duoprop because the torque twist with a single is pretty noticeable. Iím putting one on my next boat in a year or three.

Finding original parts like the anchor locker is going to take a bit of hunting. Iíd guess they arenít made anymore but they could be out there.

I built my own anchor locker. My next one would be better. I got new tubes from wing. I had a custom aluminum fuel tank because I replaced the original diesel tank so it was in a completely different place than yours.
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Old 28 May 2023, 00:57   #3
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Hello Ribforum! wanted to post about my new boat and ask some questions.

here is my 1998 Navy Built Zodiac Hurricane 733 with twin 2006 Yamaha 115s. boat was sitting for a while and neglected but the motors are great! never been in saltwater and only 400 hours.



things i plan to do over the next few years:



- new console with top, windshield and shock mitigating seats

- Electronics, autopilot

- some sort of foam teak or hydroturf flooring

- All new aluminum crash bar and rear tower with fold down ladder

- Twin 200s Fly by wire Suzuki or Yamaha

- New fuel tanks

- New tubes



Questions for the forum-

- Fuel Tanks: i found a leak at the fuel sender due to stripped threads on my main tank. looks like everyone gets aluminum tanks built but i looked up the part numbers on the tanks and they are available from the manufacture- they need to be purchased through zodiac or a moeller distributor. is there a reason why people don't go this route of replacing the factory installed polymer tanks?

- Tubes: Boat currently has 2008 Wing tubes on it- I would like to replace with Zodiac Tubes in Black. What do people think of factory Zodiac Tubes vs Wing?

- Twin 200s- ive seen this done on the 733- what are the pros and cons of getting twin 200s vs 150s

- this boat was used by the Navy up until 2017- does anyone know how i can get some history on it? how it was used by the Navy or anything?

- Bow locker- I've seen this on a lot of other 733s. does anyone know where i can buy one? does anyone have any experience with ordering tanks, tubes and parts through Zodiac hurricane?



Thanks all!


Great looking boat. Ordering a new fuel tank from Milpro/Hurricane will be difficult for a boat that old. I am a dealer and tried for a couple hurricanes and they could not provide a tank. I used Luthers welding in Rhode Island. Very pleased with the aluminum tank they built.

Milpro is now building tubes in the US for H 733's. Lead time is usually about 6 months. Have one on order now for a customer and price was basically the same price as Wing.
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