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Old 21 June 2011, 10:14   #31
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Looks like you will be having a lot of fun in that, reckon you should see over 20knots!
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Old 21 June 2011, 13:57   #32
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Thanks Nick... the places it will take us will be exciting for sure. It's perhaps the pensioner's version of a Bombard Aerotec though :-)
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Old 28 June 2011, 10:48   #33
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Good decision!

Nice boat.

Once on the water...... I have found the bigger boat/motor to always be worth the extra effort on land.
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Old 30 June 2011, 20:39   #34
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Nice and interesting reading here! I hope you're having lots of fun with your new boat.

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For a very short while it was paired with a Zodiac 3.4 Fastroller which we never actually got to the sea.
Now I wonder about this quote above, how come the 3.4 never ended up in the water? Wasn't it even worth trying? How much did these two boats set you back financially respectively? I suppose the 3.6 is easy to look up what it costs so I'll give that a try.

You were having very much the same wishes as I do after all, so it's been really interesting. And also interesting that you ended up with the same boat that I've been looking at lately. However I'm looking at the 3.4 so that's why I'm curious.
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Old 01 July 2011, 06:02   #35
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Patrik,

I've PM'd some extra info for you but basically it was because I liked the 3.4 so much when I first inflated and handled it that it gave me the confidence to buy the 3.6 brand new. I'd been considering buying a new boat anyway but I just didn't have the confidence to go for something new first time when I'd not spent some time handling it at home.

In many ways a clean used 3.4 with all its kit/instructions etc (as mine was) at half the cost of the new 3.6 is a far better deal.
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Old 01 July 2011, 16:20   #36
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Patrik,

I've PM'd some extra info for you but basically it was because I liked the 3.4 so much when I first inflated and handled it that it gave me the confidence to buy the 3.6 brand new. I'd been considering buying a new boat anyway but I just didn't have the confidence to go for something new first time when I'd not spent some time handling it at home.

In many ways a clean used 3.4 with all its kit/instructions etc (as mine was) at half the cost of the new 3.6 is a far better deal.
Thanks a lot! What made you decide not to go for the Bombard Aerotec 380 even though everyone seems to celebrate it? I saw your comment about the V-shaped floor in it, but I suppose there was more to it?
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Old 02 July 2011, 03:05   #37
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As I said in the thread I fully accept the Aerotec is a great boat but I wanted a flat floor inside for family/dog and I didn't need the deep V type handling for our use. They are also slightly smaller on internal space than my 360 Fastroller. Finally I'm convinced the Aerotec deep V shape would need more power to keep on the plane than the flatter profile of the Fastrollers.
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As I said in the thread I fully accept the Aerotec is a great boat but I wanted a flat floor inside for family/dog and I didn't need the deep V type handling for our use. They are also slightly smaller on internal space than my 360 Fastroller. Finally I'm convinced the Aerotec deep V shape would need more power to keep on the plane than the flatter profile of the Fastrollers.
Sounds reasonable. I've read some about the Honwaves having problems with flexing and stuff because the V-hull isn't all the way back to the engine, as opposed to the Aerotec. What happens with this on a Zodiac which hasn't got the V-hull at all? No problems? No problems planing?
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The earlier Zodiac Cadet Fastroller has the air floor taking place of a wooden/alloy floor with an LP (same pressure as tubes) sausage keel underneath to give a mild V. The later ones like my 360 have the sausage keel replaced by a high pressure keel section that is connected to the air floor and inflates through the same valve. It's my impression this is a slightly deeper/firmer V.

The Honwave has a V almost as deep as the Bombard but you do hear grumbles from some that the floor flexes and the floor does have a mild V section inside the boat.

Of course the Bombard has the ultimate SIB deep V with a pronounced V shape inside... and you don't hear complaints of them bending.

I've come to the conclusion some folks are over sensitive to the slight wobbly nature of air floors and they should go for a wood/alloy deck.

To me the whole concept of inflatables makes them a bit wobbly compared to a hard hull GRP boat so I'm happy with the air floor idea... comfy to sit on too.
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