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Old 24 January 2022, 13:10   #1
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Comments on this Zodiac please

https://www.scotlandnautique.co.uk/b...ngdom-7728002/

Would you go for it? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance?
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Old 24 January 2022, 16:22   #2
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Nice, but may be a little underpowered. What is the max hull rating? Take it for a test drive if you can.
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Old 26 January 2022, 23:37   #3
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Love the advice people give on here!!!!!...so a 150 merc is underpowered and speeds of over 40kts a tad slow for some.

A good review here on much the same outfit https://www.boatsales.com.au/editori...pen-650-30021/

My concern would be that tiny little fuel tank, thought they had a 120lt with 150lt optional.
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Old 27 January 2022, 08:10   #4
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Spent a couple of weeks using a brand new (literally 0 hours) one of these a couple of years ago. Struck me as very flimsy - every other wave you came off the thing sounded like tin can. I remember some of the little fixings for the windscreen came off so we actually removed the screen in the end.

That said Zodiac have a very good reputation. I appreciate it's new but £50k seems like a lot for what is there.
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Old 27 January 2022, 17:13   #5
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Thanks for all your thoughts guys. Very much appreciated.
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Old 28 January 2022, 13:01   #6
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Underpowered for sure, but also find out what material the tubes are; we've had issues with Zodiac tubes.
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Underpowered for sure, but also find out what material the tubes are; we've had issues with Zodiac tubes.
How are you calculating its underpowered, has there been a post where the op has stated what loads he will be carrying and what prop is on the engine. Are speeds of over 40kts slow and underpowered in your opinion ? you must be very disappointed in your 60 if that the case. Have you used one of these engines ? we had one on an aluminium commercial sea urchin boat which out performed the Suzuki 175 we had before it.

I did test run a 650 with a 150 merc a few years ago which was far from lacking but due to conditions could'nt keep the boat in the water above 4000rpm.
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Old 29 January 2022, 11:54   #8
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How are you calculating its underpowered, has there been a post where the op has stated what loads he will be carrying and what prop is on the engine. Are speeds of over 40kts slow and underpowered in your opinion ? you must be very disappointed in your 60 if that the case. Have you used one of these engines ? we had one on an aluminium commercial sea urchin boat which out performed the Suzuki 175 we had before it.



I did test run a 650 with a 150 merc a few years ago which was far from lacking but due to conditions could'nt keep the boat in the water above 4000rpm.


Have been on and helmed similar size and power boats and always felt like I needed a bit more if people are on the boat. Bizarrely the 60 on our allows near 40kts with the right trim, and that’s enough for that size.
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Have been on and helmed similar size and power boats and always felt like I needed a bit more if people are on the boat. Bizarrely the 60 on our allows near 40kts with the right trim, and that’s enough for that size.
You must have an extremely light boat as we also have a 60 merc (mariner)efi on a zodiac 500 pro and get about 32kts top speed. Perhaps the 650 zodiac you were on was propped incorrectly or positioned to low etc.

What prop do you have on your 60 to get 40kts ? does it reach full max rpm.
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You must have an extremely light boat as we also have a 60 merc (mariner)efi on a zodiac 500 pro and get about 32kts top speed. Perhaps the 650 zodiac you were on was propped incorrectly or positioned to low etc.

What prop do you have on your 60 to get 40kts ? does it reach full max rpm.


Around the 4K mark for my little rib, only max it with water toys
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Around the 4K mark for my little rib, only max it with water toys
Yes but what pitch prop? And at 4K you're not even in the WoT range, which engine is it?
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Old 03 February 2022, 00:48   #12
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Yes but what pitch prop? And at 4K you're not even in the WoT range, which engine is it?


Off the top of my head, stock for the efi. Planning on switching to stainless because vanity
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Love the advice people give on here!!!!!...so a 150 merc is underpowered and speeds of over 40kts a tad slow for some.

My concern would be that tiny little fuel tank, thought they had a 120lt with 150lt optional.
Indeed, in fact the problem isn't the lack of hp but too much. Put a smaller lighter injected 2 stroke on it and you will have a much nicer handling rib. More isn't necessarily better and a big lump on the stern, particularly if passengers are also seated there bound to upset the balance and handling.

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