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Old 21 November 2007, 04:12   #11
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Having owned a Zodiac futura for a few years I would go for the full inflatable
so much more versitile than the ribs , but alot depens on the use you have in mind. I keep mine inflated on the trailor in the garage for most of the summer but come winter when not used much it will pack away in the corner with the trailor stood up on its side. I have no problem with the sea worthiness of the boat it has handled anything ive been out in regulary doing 25 to 60 mile in the day fully loaded with two people and camping gear, we can land it almost anywher with the aid of landing wheels. A 25hp mariner is plenty to cruse all day at 15mph loaded and about 22 wot with two people on board and fuel. If you dont mind an slightly uncomfy ride in chop and you want to land it anywhere go inflatable
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Old 21 November 2007, 08:27   #12
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Good points zodiacman. The full inflatable will also allow you access into rivers and creeks that might be too shallow for hard (esp. deep V) hulls.
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Old 22 November 2007, 05:40   #13
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Thanks Zodiacman and Prairie Tuber.
Have been chatting with BumbleAbout in another thread and it sounds like I'm going to have to save up a bit more for a Zodiac. Now I just have to convince Mrs Lordy!!
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Old 22 November 2007, 08:41   #14
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Lordy,

Definitely take the time to read throught all of those SIB related thread links that I had posted on the first page of this thread. Lots of useful info in those threads as well. As for spending a little more for a quality craft, it is well worth it. I have a strong preference of hypalon fabric over PVC since it will outlast PVC by a huge margin - but it is more costly as well.
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