Zodiac WB465 has arrived from Defender
Shipped to Canada from CT by freight truck. It took less than a week. The boat appeared to be in a factory sealed box (left over 2011 stock). The label still had an AVON logo on it as this boat was made in the UK and branded a Zodiac.
The packaging was excellent, and all of the parts inside look terrific. The aluminum floor boards with the bakelite edges look exactly like the ones on our old MkIIIGR, only they are larger so that only 3 are needed rather than 4. This boat also seems to lack a glued in thrust board. I'm impressed that the build quality doesn't seem to have diminished.
The material that the boat is made out of is definitely lighter grade than our 1981 Zodiac, but it has all the look and feel of our old hypalon boat, and I'm sure that the old one was overkill.
I am disappointed by the foot pump, its hose, the pressure gauges, and the patch kit. They all have deteriorated in quality over the years. The patch kit is especially a joke.
I'll blow it up next week and post some pics, but so far, I am pleased with the service and product from Defender. Hope this boat brings me and my family as many decades of safe, fun, and reliable service as our old Zodie!