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Old 15 May 2016, 13:50   #1
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Excel vs Zodiac, Bombard etc

I am helping a friend select a new inflatable and we are wondering if there is a big difference between the Excel range of inflatables and the more expensive Zodiacs, Bombards etc? The Zodiac and Bombard boats are certainly more expensive but what are you really getting for the money, other than the known brand?

Any thoughts on the durability and performance of the Excel solid deck boats? They seem to be competively priced.
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Old 15 May 2016, 17:23   #2
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When considered for typical UK leisure use my personal opinion backed by experience is that the Honwave/Excel brands hold up very well compared to the Zodiac leisure (i.e. not military or commercial types) SIBs.

There is often a decent cost saving and sometimes useful extra features on the non-Zodiac boats.
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Old 16 May 2016, 01:06   #3
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Excel vs Zodiac, Bombard etc

Is (s)he new to the SIB world? Purpose and experience might dictate/rule-out certain boats/styles of boats before cost/brand/reputation does?

(I've only experienced Honwave and am happy with it - T38)
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They are all very well made now - as with cars though depreciation is always a factor and one often overlooked as the biggest 'cost'. A big name will always hold it's value, is much easier to move on and you will lose much less come re-sale. If he is new to boats then remember very few get it right first time...
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They are all very well made now - as with cars though depreciation is always a factor and one often overlooked as the biggest 'cost'. A big name will always hold it's value, is much easier to move on and you will lose much less come re-sale. If he is new to boats then remember very few get it right first time...
No sure I agree with that Max, a zodiac/premium brand will loose a hell of a lot in the first year
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Yes, I think you're right Nick thinking about this more but specifically when buying new. The initial hit is pretty huge (hence the general advice on here to always buy a second-hand big name outfit that someone else has found is not for them or was seduced by at a glossy boat show) and let them take the hit. Certainly once past that *initial* huge loss the big name is always easy to sell and tends to settle at a certain value and stay there. I'd never buy a brand new Zodiac at the prices they ask.

I'd point the OP to the 'SIB's spotted on eBay' topic, especially lately, for the incredible bargains you can find.
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It all depends what you're trying to do with the boat.
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I have looked at Excel Sibs in the past and been very impressed at them for quality and value for money!
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I have an Excel SD290 for 8 years and its perfect. Holds air for weeks and performs great in rivers and up to a mile off coast.
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