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Old 16 May 2016, 12:09   #1
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Aerotech or Zodiac cadet fastroller Acti-v

Any advice please im looking for a boat for down in Salcombe for the Family 2 adults and 2 kids + 2 extra kids on occasions. Think ive narrowed it down to these 2.
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Old 16 May 2016, 12:25   #2
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I own the Aerotec now and have also owned the Fastroller 360 in the past. The Aerotec is quite narrow and in my opinion not the best family boat for space... and having the floor angled so it can't be stood on at one side.

2 adults plus 2 kids is plenty for either boat (again in my opinion) but the Fastroller is more roomy if you had to carry 2 + 2 + 2.

I had a couple of quality issues with my (new around 2009/10) Fastroller but I would assume they were isolated. The 360 was a brilliant light boat that packed away really well in the car, nice & roomy and was quick on smooth(ish) water for any given outboard size but it didn't punch through a larger sea as well as the Aerotec. But with 2 kids aboard that's probably not what you'll want from it.
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Old 16 May 2016, 12:31   #3
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Both great boats - the Aerotec is certainly a more sporty ride (will cut through chop better, handle bigger seas better and will corner and hold a line *much* better) but loses a bit of interior space. All depends how you plan to use it - presuming with kids you might want to do a bit of kneeboarding, skiing etc then the Aerotec will be more suited. Equally if the kids like playing in the waves I'd go Aerotec.

I too had a Fastroller (340) and had so much fun with it but it is a flat floor like nearly all other SIBs and does not have the more solid build or feel of the Aerotec. Even up to proper pressure the floor will have some flex.
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Old 16 May 2016, 13:08   #4
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Ha it's funny... Max and I have different assumptions re the "kids". Are they tough teens who'll want to spend every moment wet out back on the end of a rope... or 4yr years old that need looking after?
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Old 16 May 2016, 13:12   #5
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I like the Fastroller Acti-V boats.

Plus, they have welded transoms and welded floors. They're more of a "tender" construction than the Aerotec, but they're extremely portable.
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Ha it's funny... Max and I have different assumptions re the "kids". Are they tough teens who'll want to spend every moment wet out back on the end of a rope... or 4yr years old that need looking after?
Mine have generally been in-between for our boating years! Brave and game but not too old yet that Dad is completely naff...

But with the (willing) family in tow all SIB's are great fun regardless and in Salcombe it will be a joy.
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