older zodiac pro vs hurricane
This is my first post, just joint the site. So this might be a newbie question.
I've caught the rib bug and am looking for my first boat. Not to much around on the east coast of canada it seems aside from well used coastguard boats, mostly hurricane 470's, 540's, 590's and 733's (mostlly late 1990's vintage). Thats ok with me though, its the kind of boat I'm looking for, something used but bombproof.
I've done a bunch of lurking on this site and have been out to look at a few boats. I've dtermined that an 18ish foot boat will provide me with the beast balance of sea worthiness vs compactness (want to store the boat in my garage for winter). Would idealy like a 733, but won't fit in my garage and can't afford a pair of 150 engines.
I've noticed that there are a fair number of zodiac pro 7/9 man and pro 550's around canada and northern US for what seems to be better value for more recent models.
My question is, are the zodiac pro line of boats of the same hull geometery and build quality as their hurricane cousins? The 550's "seem" to have a shallower V based upon looking at pictures, but I can't find any documentation on older huricanes to verify it. It seems that zodiac don't make/market hurricanes under 6m anymore, so I can't compare apples to apples with new models.
anyone familiar with older pro & hurrican models? I did a search of the forums but did not turn up anything concrete.
Sorry for the long post...