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Old 06 December 2013, 22:37   #1
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"Upgrading" from an SR4 to a Zodiac H533 (530)?

Hey guys,
I currently have a SR4 and love it. I just need a few extra feet to carry some gear. I have the opportunity to pick up a Zodiac Hurricane H533. It looks like this isnt the deep V Hurricane, but rather the shallower hull that is found on the Zodiac 530 or 420,550.500, etc..

I do enjoy hitting the short and steep wind waves at full speed on my SR4. Will the Zodiac be completely unpleasant? I would just hate to regret the "upgrade." I have never been on any other RIB besides my SR4 but it does seem to cut through waves pretty well for being so small.
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Old 09 December 2013, 19:01   #2
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Avon SR4 has a new big brother
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Old 10 December 2013, 06:50   #3
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Great choice dude!
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I have a 530 pro and have driven an SR4 and a 5.4, although have only been on a lake in the 4. The 530, compared to the 5.4 is more harsh a ride, no doubt about it, and it leans much less on the turns. On the other hand, the deck space is so much larger. The "flatter" handling is not a problem, just different and I've been out in the 530 in some very choppy conditions and it was good fun, and the boat coped admirably. I find the ride in the 530 to be much drier than in the SR's. I'd say try before you buy, but I guess I'm too late!

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Old 10 December 2013, 15:06   #5
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Old CA Dept of Fish and Game boat. Looks like it cleaned up really nice.
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Thanks for the info Phil M. I hope to have it out in the water by the weekend and I will post some updates.
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Finally got to take out the Zodiac. Removed the T Top since it doesnt get too hot out here. As expected, it does ride a tad but harsh compared to the SR4 but nothing too uncomfortable. I noticed I had to trim down far to avoid any hard slaps. Otherwise I love the added space and speed.

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Finally got to take out the Zodiac. Removed the T Top since it doesnt get too hot out here. As expected, it does ride a tad but harsh compared to the SR4 but nothing too uncomfortable. I noticed I had to trim down far to avoid any hard slaps. Otherwise I love the added space and speed.
Now that's a great video ... That guy can handle that remote
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Awesome video. Looks like a gorgeous day on the bay - you guys got some miles in!

How's the Honda running? What kind of performance numbers?
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Brilliant drone footage. Can we ask - what equipment did you use for filming this ? How fast we're you driving ? The drone appears to keep up very well
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Now that's a great video ... That guy can handle that remote
oh how I hate to agree with Tony T but that is a brilliant video, great stuff and the rib looks good to, good choice
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Superb footage

I'm sure that Dhf on here will be very interested in seeing this as he is looking at buying a drone
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Superb footage

I'm sure that Dhf on here will be very interested in seeing this as he is looking at buying a drone
Yer right there fella, that was FANTASTIC! , I'd like to know how much practice, how long it took the rc controller dude to learn how to control flight so well, and does he use one of those Fatsharks for controlling at distance, and it would be nice to know what camera stabalising gimble he uses.
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Thanks guys. I hope to get out on the rib again real soon. Info on the drone from the operator:

"I used a stock Dji Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. The drone comes ready to fly and record out the box with a decent gimble and 1080p attached camera. It connects to an iPhone or android via wifi for first person view. Only had it over a week with 8 flights under belt. Software/GPS makes it easy for anyone to fly." Link for drone below.

DJI | Phantom 2 Vision
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Thanks guys. I hope to get out on the rib again real soon. Info on the drone from the operator: "I used a stock Dji Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. The drone comes ready to fly and record out the box with a decent gimble and 1080p attached camera. It connects to an iPhone or android via wifi for first person view. Only had it over a week with 8 flights under belt. Software/GPS makes it easy for anyone to fly." Link for drone below. DJI | Phantom 2 Vision
Bet he's a pilot, ours would end up in the drink
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That sure is a refreshing change for a video. Looked like the Quadcopter was faster than the RIB at one point,amazing.
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Old 20 December 2013, 20:40   #18
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Thanks. That was only our second time out on the water with that copter. More videos to come once we practice following fast moving objects. The copter came complete with everything for $1200 USD and is real easy to fly.
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Where did you launch from?

At some point I would like to to tour the bay(s) more than I already have. I usually launch from Horseshoe Cove on the Marin headlands side right under the bridge.
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Where did you launch from?

At some point I would like to to tour the bay(s) more than I already have. I usually launch from Horseshoe Cove on the Marin headlands side right under the bridge.

We launch out of Richmond. Horseshoe Cove is real nice. Im fairly new to the water. A little over a year ago it felt like huge feat when I made it to Angel Island with my SIB. Now we are all over the bay and along the coast. Farallon Islands will be the next destination. Now if only we had a decent RIB/SIB following in the USA it would be a bit more fun. I think I have only seen 4 RIBS on the bay this year....and I own two of them =P
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