Originally Posted by Maximus
I had many years of great Sibbing in my old Zodiac,and it's surprising what Sea's you can handle when you Ballance and get used to them.Looks like you have some really good Inland Cruiseing! I bet the Fishing is "OK" too!
I used to take the Zodiac out diving/fishing in the pacific when I was younger, but mostly I just stick to the bays, rivers, and lakes.
We do have lots of nice reservoirs, the one in the pictures is 3500 acres (1400 ha) at full pool. The fishing is good for the most part, you can catch Rainbow Trout just about every time and Kokanee (small landlocked salmon) if you know what you're doing.
Lots of people fish the rivers for sea-run Salmon as well, but it is kind of a zoo, so I don't do that much anymore.
Originally Posted by spartacus
Loving the 'special forces' appeal of your C4.
Bombard is part of the Zodiac group, so I'm sure a lot of the processes in thermo-welding and using quality components are all present in your Commando C4.
I don't like what they did to the new styled Futura with over-sized tubes and rounded off tube ends. Looks like it's on steroids. Their prices hopefully will be adjusted in due course considering they were on the brink of administration (European side of the business).
Yes, the owner's manuals all say Zodiac Marine and Bombard on them. Some components (the aluminum floorboards, for instance) are exactly the same ones that came with my Futura.
I agree, I think the new Futura is kind of ugly. Also, the oversized tubes would make it considerably more difficult to pull yourself into from the water.
I am lucky to be only an hour away from Inflatable Boat Center, the second biggest Zodiac dealer in the USA. I picked up the C4 for $3872 USD and I believe they list the Futura MKII for just over $6000. They did have the Futura MKIII on sale for $5600, but I would have had to cut down the transom. I was also worried that it would not do well with the 25 hp motor.