Originally Posted by office888
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".
Some people buy Santa Fe, some Discovery.
These who buy Discovery believe that it is better or it has more prestige
The same for boats I suppose. And there are many boaters use boats less than 50-100 hr per season so maybe for such purpose Zodiac and some cheaper brand will work the same.
I have been using HONDA ODYSSEY car since few years and confess to "my mechanic" that maybe I will buy SsangYoung (this one for 7 persons).
He explain me that owner of "not problematic car" thinks that the same be for any other - and such people are wrong ... (these were not mine words).
Am I wrong that in UK Zodiac has a lot of local competitors like RIBCRAFT, RIBEYE, ...
Not idea about UK nowadays (last time I was 10 y ago) but in Poland, Greece, Croatia people have less money for such hobby like boating so a lot of them is looking for cheaper alternatives even if it is for while (until crisis ends).
I'm talking about "middle class".
I'm not a specialist but a little better quality (than competitors) for a little better price will be great (about Zodiac)
I do have also inflatable kayak for 3 persons made in Czech Republic: GUMOTEX SOLAR. Friend of mine convince me to buy it over similar size kayak in supermarket located between butter and bred. But I made final decision when saw good opportunity and price 50% more over popular China brand not 100% like I saw earlier.