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Old 17 June 2016, 09:47   #1
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Upgrading from an Aerotec 380?

Hi guys.

I currently have an Aerotec 380 and cant explain enough how much I love it. Easy assembly, launching and have been through some serious rough stuff with it and the Aerotec handles it with ease. To me at least I think its the ultimate sib.

But... I use it mostly for fishing with 2 or 3 up (wife and daughter or a mate) and it's getting cramped. I mostly lure fish and sitting positions etc is difficult and require some high level ninja skills moving around the boat. While I love the deep floor its a right pain for storing stuff even tho we travel fairly light in terms of gear. Bass spines and lure hooks is also not very floor friendly although I know I can put a pvc sheet over it for protection.

I need a bigger boat so little more room for gear that dont just end up in the middle where my feet is suppose to go and want a solid floor. I am fully aware of the extra weight, assembly etc of alu floors but for fishing it makes a huge difference.

Where do I go from here? I was going to buy a hard boat which will be much better for my application however I dont want to be restricted to tides.

The majority of launches is from either slip or fairly accessible sand beaches. We really dont mind struggling a little bit more launching and recovery as its part of the package.

I am leaning towards a Zodiac Classic Mc II with Alu floor. I know this should really be trailered and i have a trailer but prefer packing up due to storage, transport is not an issue.

I have a 25hp yam 2 stroke on the Aerotec and want to keep it so am limited to other sibs with short shaft transoms. The honvawe is another option thats very good value for money but really dont like it at all.

Anyone with zodiac classic 420, any opinions etc welcomed or any other recommendations?

Also whats the latest with Zodiac availability etc, I know they had some issues earlier?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated and I realise this question have probably done to death, sorry!
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Old 17 June 2016, 10:11   #2
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Hope Chris, can't comment on the zodiac but was wondering what you don't like about the alloy honwave? I've got one and I think it's great - and at a grand I think it's really good value

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Old 17 June 2016, 10:22   #3
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A MkII should do what you want, although a Futura should outperform the classic version. Make sure you don't inadvertently buy a MkIIc by mistake because that's smaller!

Other options might be a Bombard Commando C4, or if you're happy for something older then an Avon S400 is a lot of boat and goes well with a 25 (I think it's still a short shaft but worth checking).
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It's not a bad dilemma to have. Apart from the weight and extended set up time there are much fewer compromises with solid floor SIBs.

If I was going solid floor then I'd go for a nice classic Avon or Zodiac in Hypalon. So many Avons' around and considering the remarkable quality you can't go wrong.

Said the man who just bought a Y Class.

If new then the Classic is a great choice or as JK says stick with Bombard.

I won't argue that (given all general SIB-important factors) the Aerotec is the 'ultimate' all-round SIB and I would not sell the Aerotec just in case...
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Duggie - I know the Honwave is very good value for money, and will consider them before I make my final decision. I never liked the inflatable tabs on the transom, messes with the wheels and transducer installation but its a good choice boat for sure.

John - Thanks, I know the futura is a step up but the extra cost and repowering with a long shaft outboard might be too much.

Anyone have experience with both the Honwave vs Zodiac Mk II classic when it gets a bit choppy. Feedback appreciated!

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Thanks Max, I'll be half tempted to keep the aerotec but downsize from a 25.
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The inflatable tabs are just on the air floors i think. The alloy floors don't have them.
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I predict you will last 1 season of packing and unpacking an Ali floor before it either goes on a trailer or gets upgraded. I'm not sure I followed why a hardboat is more tide restricted?
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I predict you will last 1 season of packing and unpacking an Ali floor before it either goes on a trailer or gets upgraded. I'm not sure I followed why a hardboat is more tide restricted?
Poly is likely to be proved right there.

But, not sure if you saw this I posted on the 'SIBs on eBay' topic but this could be the ultimate hardcore fishing SIB, definitely needs a big trailer though.


AVON CRRC 520 inflatable boat EX ROYAL MARINES 40 HP 2015 OUTBOARD EX MOD ZODIAC | eBay
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Hi Poly - The area I launch from mostly are tidal and the channel dries up. Can only launch and recover hard boats 2 hours either side of high water. At least with a sib I can launch any state of the tide so more fishing time and also at times have access to a quad bike and can easily launch and recover from the beach that way, no way can we pull a hard boat up the beach with a quad.

Thanks Duggie, will check it out.
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