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Old 18 January 2019, 17:00   #1
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Advice for buying RIB especially a ZAR ZF0.

I'm changing from a jet ski to a RIB for the back of my boat to use as a dinghy. I am limited by size, but want the performance close to a jet ski to run around. I am located in Miami and the Florida Keys, so want to be able to run some distance. I am heavily leaning towards a ZAR ZF0 with a 40 HP. any thoughts?
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Old 04 April 2020, 09:22   #2
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Curious if you ended up purchasing the ZF 0? i am considering one as well.
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Old 05 April 2020, 01:23   #3
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Not sure you’ll get an answer that being over a year ago and he only posted once!

Surely if you want small boat performance a zap cat is the answer.
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Old 05 April 2020, 04:50   #4
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Advice for buying RIB especially a ZAR ZF0.

A Zapcat isn't at all suitable as a tender and you'd struggle to get one on a swim platform of anything much less than about 80ft as they're quite beamy.

I ran a Zar ZF1 (which according to the website is 30cm longer than the ZF0 but otherwise identical) with a 40hp Suzuki on the back as a tender on a Princess 67. (It lived on the flybridge so we had to davit launch). Great little boat. Felt a lot bigger than the 335cm it was, and nicely laid out for a tender - comfortable secure seating for up to 4 (cosy) and lots of locker space for spare fuel, clothing, shopping etc. I did some long-ish trips in it - went from Naples (Italy) to Capri for lunch one day (two up). Got a little wet but otherwise handled the trip very comfortably. The only other small purpose built tenders (eg not a "proper" RIB) I've used for any length of time were both Williams which I would avoid at all costs if you possibly can. You'll probably get closer to jetski performance out of a small jet tender but Williams in particular are known for being very unreliable and a pig to work on anywhere other than in a workshop (genuinely lost count of how many times we had the engine out over 18 months of using it).

Hey gmor5081, I see you're at Pompano. My girlfriend's parents are at Deerfield. Love it around there.

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Ah I did t really understand the use on the back of his boat! Makes sense now.....
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