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Old 14 July 2012, 18:32   #1
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Zodiac Cadet 360 Fastroller or Island IA365 ?


The Zodiac Cadet 360 Fastroller looks great, is light at 44kg, has an excellent payload, but costs a $1000 more than an island inflatable IA365.

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Both have air decks, however the island is heavier at 50 kg and has a 100 kg lower payload at 650 kg. The zodiac can take 6 people, whilst the Island can take 5.

I want to buy a Yamaha 15 hp 2 stroke.

The big question is? Which boat is better quality, and which boat performs well on the water.

The review on this forum indicated quality problems, so I am not 100% sure about a Zodiac.


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Old 15 July 2012, 03:09   #2
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Sean that was my review you mention I guess? There's not much more to add but it has to be said my issues were a combination of the quest for ultimate low weight and quality control issues.

I see your comments re a bad back in the other hread, the Fastroler was brilliant in this respect. So so light for the size.

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Old 15 July 2012, 03:47   #3
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Thank you. After looking for more info, it would seem the glue on the Zodiac might be better, and that the boat would last.

I am not really interested in a tinny, and want something with a better ride.
The zodiac looks like lots of fun.

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Old 17 July 2012, 02:55   #4
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I use to work with my old man who had a Zodiac inflatable shop for over 40 years. Basically the Zodiac will last for a good 10-15 years. Whereas the Island inflatable is designed to last 5 years tops.
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Old 17 July 2012, 04:43   #5
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Thank you. I found more info on the Zodiac welds, 5 year warranty and that they are made in France. Looks like the Zodiac is a better boat.
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