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Old 10 January 2012, 17:25   #11
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Have to agree with "lightning"......285 Zody is a gem.
Solid, stable, ready to plane and easy to assemble. Also just the right side of "real boat" to manhandle fully inflated and rigged by one.
It's a proper little workhorse and the Hypalon tubes take a lot of wear.
Having the ply floor means you can fit strap eyes for fuel tanks etc., also Zodiac have a good range of time-tested accessories that when fitted look right, seat bags, bow bags and launch wheels to name a few. Though the wheels are heavy duty and be sure to use marine grease in the mounting threads.
It's a beautifully balanced dual purpose piece of kit. Dump your fishing gear and the little thing readily takes to the air over swells on the plane.
I'd have to say that for a tiller controlled SIB it can punch well above it's weight and will definitely raise your levels of expectation should the time come to upgrade.
We take ours with us even when the RIB is in tow.
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Old 10 January 2012, 20:21   #12
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I currently have a 2hp 2 stroke but will be upgrading to something around 4hp or 6hp.
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Old 11 January 2012, 00:24   #13
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In my opinion, Hypalon is always better for a sib. it will be a little heavier but will last alot longer, especially in salt water and UV light. As for which brand, just pick one that is common in your area and has good support/part available. obviously the bigger companys like zodiac, avon, achilles are preferred.
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Boodle, don't let people tell you hypalon is the only way to go. The pvc boats are fine and will last you many, many years. My bombard C3 is a 1989 model, been used plenty in salt water and exposed plenty to UV light over the last 23 years and is still in great shape. A good quality pvc boat will serve you well and cost substantially less money. I've owned hypalon (achilles and dynous) and like my pvc boat just as much.

Bottom line, buy the best you can afford, don't go cheap just to spend less money. It's best to be patient and get a decent boat rather than to just buy one because "i need one now". I commend you on seeking counsel from others instead of just jumping in and making an uninformed purchase.
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Old 11 January 2012, 01:23   #14
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I don't think Zodiac sells hypalon versions of their tenders here in the US unfortunately, that's why I was interested in the Achilles boats. Have any of you had any experience with any of the Achilles boats that are comparable to the Zodiac? And are air floor boats advantages with speed, portability, and grip on the water worth the rigidity, lower price, and versatility of a boat with a wood floor and inflatable keel?
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Old 11 January 2012, 03:22   #15
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Craiglist is the place to keep an eye on. Why not a West Marine version? They are very common on the resale market here in NorCal.
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The Zodiac (and any other SIB's I imagine) won't plane with the 2hp engine, but with a 4hp it will plane with one person, go for the 6hp and you will get 15mph with two adults on board.
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