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Old 29 March 2016, 18:26   #1
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Advice on buying Zodiac mark classic 2 alu or other similar inflatable boat

I am looking for advice in choosing an inflatable boat. I am exploring the possibility of buying a new MK 2 Zodiac (Which is more less length that I want in general). I have yamaha 20 horse power two stroke engine. But maybe I will change for 30. Anyhow, from where I am buying price is 4500 euros.

My question is: in this category is there any other manufacturer that I should look into? Is new Zodiac Mk 2 alu in general worth this money and what are other eventual better options to explore in price, quality relation?

I also have possibility to buy used futura mk3 alu (year 2008) for 2500 euros.
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Old 31 March 2016, 07:11   #2
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There are people on here that will give a much better response to your question but expect it would depend what you want to do with it. Ie will you be trailering it? Or setting up each time you use it, or setting up for a week whilst on hols? Do you fish or just want to play around?

Gurnard has just bought an f rib, he seems really pleased with. It would probably be faster with your 20HP (think that's the maximum engine size for these) easier to set up too, if you're not going to trailer.

With more info I'm sure someone better qualified will give a more in depth answer though.
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Old 31 March 2016, 08:04   #3
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A new Zodiac MkII is a great deal of money. For this you could buy around three Honwaves of similar size which would perform as well on the water.

You need to be sure you believe the Zodiac quality is so good it merits such a large price difference.
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Old 31 March 2016, 09:07   #4
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Thanks for your replies.

I wanna set it up each time I use it, don't wanna trailer it. No fishing, just sport, diving, fun.

That's the point I am not sure any more do you get this special better quality/durability with zodiac for higher price or it's just old glory.

Any experience with honwaves, i.e. honda made inflatables?

I had yamaha didn't last more than 8 years and I had to fix and glue it all the time, not punctures but manufacturers edges.
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Old 31 March 2016, 09:19   #5
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A new Zodiac MkII is a great deal of money. For this you could buy around three Honwaves of similar size which would perform as well on the water.

You need to be sure you believe the Zodiac quality is so good it merits such a large price difference.
Zodiac Classic
Welded air seams / glued transom [PVC layup] / glued floor
Strongan fabric
Bravo/Scoprega accessory parts from Italy
Boat made in France
Bostik glue

vs

Honwave
Glued air seams / glued transom [thermoplastic transom holder] / glued floor
Mehler fabric
Bravo/Scoprega accessory parts made at Chinese factory
Boat made in China
Moon Chemicals Co glue (South Korea origin)

These are the major differences between the two boats in engineering. With that being said, they'll probably both perform the same for the first 5 years.
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Old 31 March 2016, 09:23   #6
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Thanks for your replies.

I wanna set it up each time I use it, don't wanna trailer it. No fishing, just sport, diving, fun.

That's the point I am not sure any more do you get this special better quality/durability with zodiac for higher price or it's just old glory.

Any experience with honwaves, i.e. honda made inflatables?

I had yamaha didn't last more than 8 years and I had to fix and glue it all the time, not punctures but manufacturers edges.
I have no experience of Honwave so can't comment.

I do have a 30 year old Zodiac with Ali floor and can tell you it's a pain to set up for each use - hence I'm looking for an air floor sib.

Zodiac is 3 times price of Honwave, 3 x 8years, the Zodiac needs to last 24 years !

If I had a 20HP rather than 25HP (would ideally keep my engine) I'd look at the Frib (these aren't cheap though and don't think they've been around long enough to know how they fair with age).
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Old 31 March 2016, 09:35   #7
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Older Honwaves are not yet reported as failing in the UK so I'd guess that means they are still fine at 10yrs and they cost around 1000.

If you bought a Honwave and it did the job for you over a 10yr period with even a small residual value it would make complete financial sense.

Not saying it's a better SIB than a Zodiac but the price is so reasonable.

Also I'd want some evidence Zodiac France have their factory back running properly with an output of proven quality boats... there have been questions over this since Zodiac's financial troubles, the takeover by a new owner in 2015 and their period of suspended production.

Having said all that I've always liked the Zodiac Classic range and nearly bought a used one a couple of times.
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Be aware that a boat's price drops considerably in the first couple of years. You can get a lot more 2 or 3 year old boat than if you buy new, for the same money.

Something to think about.

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Old 31 March 2016, 15:34   #9
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Thank you all for your comments.

I looked into the honwave, its really affordable 1600 euros is T40. Also checked quicksilver i.e. mercury inflatable heavy duty 415 xs its 2400 euro.

Well, I think I might go for the honwave at the end although it looks a bit like a toy boat on pictures.
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Old 31 March 2016, 15:46   #10
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What about bombard C4? That boat is made in UK. I thought that bombard is somehow connected to Zodiac, but it seems that is not the case. C4 is 3100 euros.
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