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Old 23 November 2015, 17:40   #11
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Most people I know buy on quality and reputation rather than price both here and family back in the UK.

My Zodiac 550 pro tour cost $23000 or about 11500 quid on the current exchange rate which I think was good value with all the extras that came with it. Yam F70, centre console, large seat, heavy duty trailer with spare etc etc.

I'm so impressed with the boat and have already clocked up 160 hrs in 5 months of weather dependant weekends.
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Old 27 November 2015, 22:34   #12
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I hope zodiac or Avon release a Hypalon sib in the 10ft size. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for that.
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Old 28 November 2015, 02:43   #13
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Why not CSM (hypalon) Achilles SIB ?
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I saw this year a few Achilles's older than 10 y without patches. One of them was 20 y old (if first owner was right). It was in Greece - so sunny environment.
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Old 28 November 2015, 18:55   #14
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I would compare the 3.5m Honwave to the 3.5m Zoom by Zodiac...they are almost identical in the engineering and build, since they are both 100% glued.

Zodiac has a new lineup which you guys just got in the UK, and it is priced much more aggressively. It is a hybrid of gluing and welding, so it is still a better buy than the Honwave, but the price is much more in line : Ron Hale Marine Ltd - Zodiac Cadet 350 Alu

Comparing the Zodiac Classic to the Honwave 3.5 is like comparing a Land Rover Discovery to a Hyundai Santa Fe because they're both SUVs... two completely different build qualities, ride qualities, and longevity.

I completely understand what you're getting at that though. Most consumers see it your way, they don't recognize the build quality of the two products like they do with automobiles. For some reason, customers think "oh, all inflatable boats are the same".
Santa Fe miles better and more reliable than the Landy...........
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Old 12 February 2016, 22:42   #15
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Hopefully someone will be at the Miami boat show this weekend and get some pics of the new Avon SIB
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Old 25 April 2016, 21:53   #16
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Any news on how soon we will see Avon sib's hitting the market?
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Old 26 April 2016, 02:29   #17
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I don't think I've seen a better transom than that on a honwave
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Old 26 April 2016, 08:31   #18
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Where did you hear that Avon are producing a new SIB?
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Old 26 April 2016, 13:32   #19
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I've just got the new dealer price list through for Zodiac MilPro, here's the inflatable list:
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I don't think I've seen a better transom than that on a honwave
What makes you say that? Looks like a chinese plywood layup with catalyzed paint, set in to generic injection molded Bravo-Scoprega transom holders with glue. Most Chinese builders seem to do this style of layup.

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Any news on how soon we will see Avon sib's hitting the market?
I haven't heard anything about SIBs yet, but they doesn't mean there isn't planning for anything. So far, they just had the one RIB that I think is the one you were talking about that was at Miami?
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