My review of the Zodiac FR 360 Acti-V (PVC fabric)
I bought a Zodiac Fastroller 360 in July 2013. I power with a Yamaha 15 hp 2-stroke, which moves the boat at 16 knots with 200 kg on board in addition to the 45 kg motor. I have had the boat out several times in the waters around Vancouver. This is my tentative review of the Zodiac FR 360 Acti-V (PVC fabric):
- I concur with the issues with the keel that Fenlander discussed earlier – the keel doesn’t align in the center of the boat. When the boat is all inflated the underside looks similar to the photo by Hobartian (above in his 22 September 2012 post), i.e. there are noticeable wrinkles in the hull bottom fabric to one side of the keel. Another issue is that the hose connecting the high-pressure floor to the keel kinks easily, which would slow the deflation process.
- I also agree that the storage cylinder that Zodiac built into the forward hull tube is a problem – it’s too small to store much, the cylinder doesn’t roll up with the boat so it must be removed and hauled separately, and the large plastic lid permanently attached to the hull tube prevents the deflated boat from being rolled up into a tight package. This boat would be better off without this built-in storage compartment.
- The water drain with shut-off built into the transom is too high to drain all the water out, hence when dismantling the boat I had to sponge out the last several cm of water before rolling up the hull. My old Futura FR had the bottom edge of the manual drain plug flush with the inner floor and always drained water to the last drop.
- The foot pump that came with the boat was problematic. The hose was not flexible enough to prevent kinking when pumping the boat; the high-pressure pump feature didn’t work properly so I could get to the full 11.2 PSI for the high-pressure floor, and the hose fitting did not wedge adequately into the tube valves so kept falling out when pumping. The dealer was nice enough to exchange the foot pump for a proper hand pump.
- The FR 360 only comes in white color, which shows every little smudge and scrape mark.
- As has been my experience with all Zodiacs I’ve owned, the documentation is terrible - poorly translated from French and lousy drawings. You would think a company as large as Zodiac could hire a native English writer to pen their manuals.
Other than the above issues the boat seems to handle well in rough seas, and is a little lighter and faster than the similar-sized Futura Fastroller 380.