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Old 21 July 2012, 13:57   #1
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Zodiac fastroller 325 Acti or Honwave T 32

Hi, Zodiac costs more than Honwave, is the extra increase in quality worth the extra expenditure?

It will be powered by tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke.

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Old 21 July 2012, 15:47   #2
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From personal experiance of the two makes I'd say there are differences but examine/use both and if you didn't know then it's not entirely obvious which costs more... so I'd be pushed to pay the premium for the Zodiac unless it has features that matter to you.
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Old 22 July 2012, 15:03   #3
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Is there any difference of chop they can handle at displacement speeds? The Zodiac looks like its bow could handle bigger waves?

The reason I ask is that it will mostly spend its time on the tidal thames upstream of Putney which can get bumpy with wash from other vessels.
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Old 23 July 2012, 11:29   #4
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Decision made, bought Zodiac Cadet Fastroller NEO 325
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Sitting on the tubes in any SIB at displacement speeds (or otherwise!) with any sort of chop/wind slapping on the tubes you will get wet!
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Yep true, I'm just looking forward to getting back on to the Thames. I used to keep my rib there before moving it to Dartmouth.
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Decision made, bought Zodiac Cadet Fastroller NEO 325
Good decision - am selling my Honwave to get a Zodiac - Honwave quality has been very disappointing. See you on the Thanes or Dart - we are also on both.
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Be very interested to hear the specifics of your Honwave's failings.
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Be very interested to hear the specifics of your Honwave's failings.
My 2006 Honwave lived outside on dinghy rack at marina: from new the inflatable floor never held air. After complaint to Honda they replaced entire boat - apparently a design flaw.

Next, the eyelets through which all the grabropes threaded around the boat rusted away, flaking splinters into boat. Had to cut them all out.

Then the outer layer of paint or colouring started to disappear - maybe a reaction to UV. This left the areas (topsides) where it had gone with a sticky residue - not nice!

I was very disappointed because the boat felt robust and performed well; I expected Honda reliability but it's just their name given to a lower quality manufacturer.
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How have you found the Zodiac Cadet Fastroller NEO 325? I'm thinking about buying one of them or a NEO 285. Thanks.

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