I recently picked up a 1990 Zodiac Hurricane Pro 530 and am looking for any input on outfitting it.
It came w/o a motor, but with a starboard center console mounted ~3/4 of the way towards the bow with steering.
Previous owner had a Yamaha 115. Data plate is rated to 120hp (which I believe was the Mercury Force 2 stroke 120 at the time of manufacture)
Currently we are puttering around with a 40hp tohatsu tiller control I was able to borrow from a friend, it's just enough to get us on plane, but is allowing us to catch some summer boat time as we plan. Above deck fuel potable fuel tank currently.
I am looking at 70-90 hp motors as we are new mariners and while I appreciate power, I can live without the extra expense, weight and power for our use.
Family of 2 adults, 1 6 y/o, 1 elderly German Shepherd Dog and 1 chocolate lab on board usually (but not always). We are experienced wilderness travelers, but new mariners.
Primary use is family cruising on Alaska lakes and Prince William Sound (PWS), Homer/Cook Inlet. Definitely taking it out to deer hunt later in the year in PWS with. Trips will include overnight camping on lake islands and in PWS, both on islands and at shore based sites and cabins.
Currently sorting out seating using lashed down coolers as placeholders.
As I am new to boating, I would love advice on weight distribution, motor size, seating solutions, and general advice on boat set up. Beside the console, the boat has an open deck, no bow box or anything, just a few tie downs.
Do folks put batteries in the console to move weight forward? That would put it in the same spot relatively as the pilot, which to my uneducated mind stacks weight on one side. Above deck fuel tanks in the stern seems standard in many boats, are ribs the same?
Ultimately thinking a rear bench seat with a back, tied into an A frame attached through transom and deck, over the fuel in the rear. Leaning post for the helm, or just stand. small jump seat in front of the console, mostly because it worked well for our maiden voyage on Saturday with a small cooler!
Worth building a bow locker of some sort?
Probably going to put a T top on eventually for some shade and rain protection.
Thanks in advance for any info, critique or encouragement!
Sorting out my photo sharing too, here's one from our maiden voyage sorry for the link:
[IMG]Maiden Voyage Hidden Lake[/IMG]