Originally Posted by headdamage
Which would be the better boat for beach launching and use in open water off shore... A 1979 Zodiac MkII or a 1992 Bombard C3? The motor would be a 1992 Johnson 30hp short leg tiller model. Thanks.
I'm curious, did you ever decide which to keep? What did you end up doing with the other?
As I'm sure you have or are figuring out, it really comes down to which to you prefer for whatever reasons, as with most boats. Personally I love my C3 and would only replace it with a C4 or C5. I don't find the wooden keep any more of a pain to set up than the inflatable keel, plus I never have to adjust it. I use my boat in lakes, the ocean and the Umpqua river rapids (oregon). No need to remove the keel in the rapids. My C3 is a 1989 in great condition.
Anyways, just curious what you decided.