Soon after buying my new Zodiac Fastroller 360 I posted a mini review... Zodiac Fastroller 360 Acti-V mini-review
... but only after one river trip. Now it's been on our hols to Scotland and been in salt water here's a better review and several images.
We stayed for 10days in the Kyle of Lochalsh area, a cottage just above Loch Duich and only 5mins drive from the Dornie bridge slipway. The air floor 360 just packs into the car with 15hp Mariner, tank, transom wheels, Bravo pump, lifejackets and all its kit leaving room for one case and a few coats on top. The teens cases go in the footwell and on the back seat between them. Space is tight.
Image of it as travelled to launch sites after all the normal luggage taken out...
Our nearest launch was the Dornie slipway beside the community hall which has toilets, changing and washing facilities 8am-8pm in summer... ideal. Free parking and no slip charges but there's a donation box and I put something in each day. Slipway is the old ferry one from the early 1900s and a bit bumpy with cobbles which the transom wheels just coped with...
Always sheltered and with just a mild cross current at certain times as the water went in/out of Loch Long under the bridge.
The four of us soon had inflating and deflating down to a well organised drill, massively helped by the Bravo pump which took the effort out. There is no doubt an air floor is a benefit for daily use with no trailer.
Performance was excellent with around 19mph on the GPS four up (total 40 stone) and a maximum 23mph two up. It would pop on the plane in seconds with the 15hp 2-stroke.
The flexy nature of the air floor was fine. It never suffered problems getting on the plane or falling off again. This feeling other air floor users mention of a "hump" of water passing under the boat at times was there but it was just noticeable rather than a problem. As I mentioned elsewhere the floor feels very hard to a slap but if you stand on it and sway there is flexing. We did notice when it was a little choppy it's very comfortable on the legs, particularly when I knelt down for a while in a bar crossing type situation where I know a bouncing hard floor would have been jarring.
In pictures you'll notice I fitted a second seat to the alternative position provided... and an under seat bag. Both really useful extras.
Video of self and teens leaving the Dornie slip. Worth clicking on the 720HD tab and watching full screen.... Scotland does give so above average boating backdrops!
We also launched from the Plockton slipway about a 15min drive away. Nice smooth slip with adj free parking and no slip charges... like Dornie it had a donations box which I added to. Lots of places to get food too within seconds walk of the slip. Modern pontoon next to the slip and we were told that was free too for short term use by our small boat.
Wake shot just ten minutes from Plockton slip... it's in a superb location for scenery.
Next a closer shot of the boat itself on the Plocktoon pontoon.
And a wider shot showing the super location.
Finally a wake video as we turned in a gentle circle just off Plockton. Shows the two up performance onto the plane from low speed... about 17mph in the turn and maxed out at 23mph towards the end.
All in all the 360 Fastroller was roomy, comfy, very stable, easy to do the daily slip inflate/deflate, good performance and as good in a chop as a normal SIB could be. Having said that this brilliant holiday boating could have been achieved the same in any similar size inflatable... and next year it might be.
Some will remember this Fastroller is a warranty replacement for the original which had a cone seam issue. Sady this one too has a couple of quality issues and it is currently back with Zodiac for a full refund!
It seems in the quest for ultimate lightness... and to keep the price £1000 cheaper than the Classic/Futura models... these very latest Fastrollers may have had inevitable compromises made which go against what I was seeking in a brand new boat.