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Old 17 June 2013, 04:56   #1
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Zodiac 4.2 sib how much ?

NEW ZODIAC BOMBARD Typhoon 420 SOLID Deck Boat Inflatable Rib Sports Max 25 hp | eBay

I stumbled across this on ebay looking at the scam osprey eagle earlier

Is this correct , iether zodiac have produced a much cheaper quality sib or this price is very cheap .
It does appear to be a genuine ad so could it be a bargain for someone ? thought these sibs were more like 2 grand to buy .
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Its completely genuine, the ebay seller (and real shop) have been around and Zodiac dealers for years.

However, its a Bombard, which Zodiac seem to be placing as the value brand of the company. It doesn't look like the shape of any Zodiacs I remember over the last 15 years and the max HP rating is tiny for a boat and floor configaration of that size. I would also suggest that because of the shape its probably only got the same interior space as a 4m or even a 3.8m square front sib. I think its based on the early 90's Futrura Sport, but with a smaller beam, wood floor and no speedtubes.

Having said all that its going to be decent quality and a credible alternative to a Honwave, Yam or similar at the same price.

You pays your money and takes your choice.
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could be good news for someone then
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At the time Bombard was its own brand and had an own website, the Typhoon was categorized under "leisure range" and the Aerotec was "pro range". I think the typhoon had slightly thinner fabric but not 100 % sure. Anyway a very good price!
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As far as I can see Bombard use Strongan Duotex, 1100 Decitex fabric, (basically their own PVC) which is thermo bonded and glued to the transom - same as Zodiac (of which Bombard is a division).

You get what you pay for in my book - so no surprises why new Futuras are still upwards of 3,500 with aluminium floor (HD).

Bombard price list here: http://www.bombard-ribs-boats.co.uk/price_lists.html

Spec sheet: http://www.zodiacmarineusa.com/files...rd_Typhoon.pdf
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A new honwave 4.0 m is over a grand now , if its somewhere near that in quality its ok ,
you could wear out 4 of these for the price of a futura or have an engine and boat for the same money
The futura i had felt better and stronger than my honwave but not 4 times better , the air floor still looked the same and the alloy floor boards seem to be the same in all of them . I reckon they all come out the same chinese factories and they offer a few different quality levels .
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Just sold my 2005 built Aerotec 420. That was "made in France", don't know how the new ones are, maybe china? And Yes, material same strongan as zodiac.

Don't think there are much better built PVC sibs around than the aerotec's, all the parts are top quality, but they are expensive.
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Some years ago Zodiac split their manufacturing up and now the lower end Zodiacs (Zoom and Bombard) are manufactured in Asia - hence the lower price. They still come with the Zodiac 5 year warranty and all use the same fabric. The floorboards are thinner and you get lower grade carry handles, and there's no boat bag from memory.
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Those Bombard Typoon class wooden deck, 0.9 mm pvc fabrics sibs are made in China, Seems Zodiac wants to RIP competitors with those prices...

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