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Old 24 August 2011, 14:03   #21
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>>>Even the air floor is a pain to inflate/deflates, fold up, take home, re-inflate to clean, pack away again...


Hmmm...depends on your attitude. We are in the middle of a holiday in the Skye/Lochalsh area with the Zodiac 3.8 Fastroller... its first proper trial since we bought it new a couple of months ago.

We are arriving at the launch sites daily with no visible signs we are carrying a boat and quite a few holidaymakers are astounded to see us pull the kit out of the back of an ordinary estate and in 30mins or so produce a boat with a 15hp outboard that planes off into the distance. Ditto for the arriving back at a slipway and packing the whole thing into the car.

I will say one thing though.... been using an inflatable for a few years now... never ever been so smooth and relaxed as now we have a Bravo pump... it makes a massive difference.

I'm going to do a full report with some images when we come back but suffice to say the air floor is fine in all respects for leisure use. 19mph 4-up and been in some larger chop/waves than planned. Feels very safe and the air floor is actually very comfy on the legs, backside and knees when conditions get a bit rough.
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Old 24 August 2011, 14:40   #22
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Max, is it not hard to get it on the roof? I couldnt get mine on the roof as its really too bulky and heavy to lift up, thats just on an golf. Must be a struggle on a Landy! Id second that a solid floor is preferable if not needing to dismantle every use.
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Old 24 August 2011, 17:24   #23
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Trailering is very much the best option as you can store the boat inflated which minimizes any potential damage to the boat.

If you are looking for a good SIB/ trailer package PM me as I have a little used 4.2 metre Tohatsu SIB with a De Graaff trailer for sale. I have just replaced it with a 5m rib. Very reasonable price.

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Old 24 August 2011, 19:15   #24
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>>>Even the air floor is a pain to inflate/deflates, fold up, take home, re-inflate to clean, pack away again...


Hmmm...depends on your attitude. We are in the middle of a holiday in the Skye/Lochalsh area with the Zodiac 3.8 Fastroller... its first proper trial since we bought it new a couple of months ago.

We are arriving at the launch sites daily with no visible signs we are carrying a boat and quite a few holidaymakers are astounded to see us pull the kit out of the back of an ordinary estate and in 30mins or so produce a boat with a 15hp outboard that planes off into the distance. Ditto for the arriving back at a slipway and packing the whole thing into the car.

I will say one thing though.... been using an inflatable for a few years now... never ever been so smooth and relaxed as now we have a Bravo pump... it makes a massive difference.

I'm going to do a full report with some images when we come back but suffice to say the air floor is fine in all respects for leisure use. 19mph 4-up and been in some larger chop/waves than planned. Feels very safe and the air floor is actually very comfy on the legs, backside and knees when conditions get a bit rough.
Fenlander,
great to hear the boat performed well.
look forward to a full review of you zodiac acti-v
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Old 25 August 2011, 02:58   #25
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That's the beauty of an inflatable - you can pack it up and inflate wherever it's needed, but if you have the facility and are regurlarly not going far then leaving it inflated and transporting like that is so much easier/quicker and probably less wearing to the fabric etc. After sea use it always needs cleaning out to get rid of abrasive sand/stones that sit between the tubes/floor/seams.

A typical 3.4 is under 40KG so a cinch for two to lift onto a roof:

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Old 25 August 2011, 04:40   #26
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When you're in the boat and on the water a solid deck works best, though an airdeck is comfey on the knees. However, as many have said the thought of all the work in putting a hard floor in will prevent you using it much.

Have just been on holiday with a 3.5m Zodiac with plywood floor and putting the floor in was a rotten job, but I'd borrowed a trailer from a friend and so only had to do it once.

Whatever you use an electric pump is advised. If you can't run to the Bravo I use a cheap camping store 12 pump to put in the bulk of the air and then top off to pressure with a hand pump. Not ideal, but better than hand pump all the way.
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Old 25 August 2011, 13:05   #27
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I have ended up going for an air-deck (Quicksilver Air Deck Deluxe) so was pleased to see Fenlander's post regarding the SIB use on holiday because that's exactly what I plan to do now and again, and it is because of holiday trips that I went for an airdeck.
Regarding trailering, I can see the practicality, and I might even use one one day, but I have a covered trailer at home and another trailer would be a pain logistically.
I like the idea of putting it on the roof like you do Max, can you travel at a decent speed with it loaded?
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Old 25 August 2011, 13:31   #28
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Absolutely - use lots of secure tie downs of course. It's rock solid and fits the roof like a glove. I'm going no where in a hurry with my boat though - the Landy clutch gave out south of Paris last week but we made it home...
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Old 28 August 2011, 00:23   #29
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Have just been on holiday with a 3.5m Zodiac with plywood floor and putting the floor in was a rotten job, but I'd borrowed a trailer from a friend and so only had to do it once.
I you are doing it right, installing the plywood floor boards should be a snap, and should only add 1-2 minutes to the assembly. Make sure that you place your oars on the ground beneath the boat when installing the floorboards to give the effect of 2 parallel rails that keep the fabric off the ground. It gives you that extra bit of finger space between the boards and the ground when you slip in the stringers.
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Old 28 August 2011, 12:29   #30
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My 340 airdeck floor really bucks up even at max pressure when going at full speed...still flexes...Im assuming its a common problem with the air floor?...can really feel the movement under me when planing across bay... others in same boat?
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