Good evening to everyone,
We are interested in purchasing a 3.6 m inflatable, it will be our first boat and as novices we would value opinions from those with more experience. We will use the boat for exploring rivers, lakes and perhaps, when more confident, short inshore trips. Our children, now 7, would be interested in wakeboarding etc when older I suspect. We are somewhat limited by our requirement that the inflatable can be packed in our box trailer and so we have a maximum packed dimension of 1.2 m. Hence, we are looking at 3.6 m air deck boats made by Zodiac (Fastroller Acti-V) and Seapro (Honda/Excels/Quicksilver would need to be shorter boats to fit). It is likely that we wil opt for a Susuki 15 hp outboard.
The Zodiac is significantly more expensive than the Seapro (almost double!), both have V-hull, but does anyone know if there is likely to be a significant difference between them? For example, Zodiac advertise that their inflatable decks and keels are higher pressure than the competition and hence more rigid but I cannot find any data on this.
A second question concerns Lifters made by Maxi-Marine (http://www.maximarine.com/products/lifters/index.html
). There are some very supportive testimonials, but what do you think? Are there better alternatives? We are most interested in improving comfort and control rather than speed.
With thanks for your help.