While out on a safety patrol and rescue mission for the 2015 Portland Bridge Swim Mike and Adam came across a Zodiac MK2C Futura rigged with a 20hp Honda outboard. The customer had come from an older Zodiac MK2 GT model and has never been happier. It was easier to plane with less motor and went much faster than the older model.
The Zodiac Futura hull is one of the biggest leaps forward in hydrodynamics to come along. Zodiac engineers knew that they could go faster with less wetted surface so the measured and analyzed and planed then made the best hull imaginable. Often used in military special forces designs because it will get enormous amounts on plane with very little hp it also tracks and turns better than any other hull type.
Adam runs a Zodiac MK1 Futura and Mike has a hard time keeping up even though he has a bigger motor. Turns can be so instantaneous that you can toss out an unprepared rider when the boat is at full speed. Zodiac’s patented Futura hull utilizes additional tubes on the bottoms of the main sponsons that give it lift and makes it ride like a bullet train. These “speed tubes” as they are called are often imitated and renamed in the market on lesser boats and have names like high jackers, speed runners, speed rails, etc. The problem with the copy cats boats is they are merely imitations and haven’t been engineered for each model like the Zodiacs which is why so many boats get utterly owned by Zodiac Futura hulls.
If you want to go faster, get better fuel economy, get more mass on plane, and use less motor then look no further than the Zodiac Futura line (also available in military and professional models).The Futura hull turns better, rides flatter, and is easier to beach and recover making any outing more fun and less work.