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Old 21 December 2012, 01:07   #1
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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!
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Old 27 December 2012, 14:31   #2
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Here are the pics I promised. Box from the Avon factory in GB arrived in perfect condition, and the contents were also all factory sealed and in perfect condition. You can catch a glimpse of the black beauty after I untied the black bag she was wrapped in, though she stayed in the box after that until I could get some help to carry her into the house so that she could warm up. It's probably -5 to -10 degrees C in the garage these days.
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Old 27 December 2012, 14:36   #3
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Old 27 December 2012, 14:38   #4
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After warming up, I unrolled her in the basement to reveal almost all of her black beauty. All that's left is to blow her up, but I think I'll wait until spring because I don't think that I could ever get her packed and rolled up as nicely as from the factory.

Despite being in a box for 19 months (this was left over 2011 stock bought on sale), the material appears to be in perfect condition.

The handles and D-rings inside and outside the boat, as well as the thick black ropes all look to be of very good quality. Same for the D-rings inside and outside the transom for lifting.

The transom height is just a tad under 19 inches - a little short for a long shaft?

This is the most significant purchase I have made via the internet, and I couldn't be more pleased with the service and product from Defender Marine.

I can hardly wait for spring!
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Old 27 December 2012, 14:39   #5
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Quick, blow it up dude!
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Old 27 December 2012, 16:39   #6
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Drape some throws over it and cushions and tell the mrs it's the new sofa
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Old 27 December 2012, 18:00   #7
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Every new sib needs to be inflated in the lounge, then you need to climb in and drink a beer!

I'm sure it's in the instructions : thumbs:
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Plus you get exclusive 2012/13 membership of 'boat in the lounge' with such great picture.

Come on... you know you want to!
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Old 27 December 2012, 18:14   #9
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Take pictures while unfolding sib so to fold back same, fully pump it up, join my club, don't want to be the only loco sibbing in it's lounge with his wife's consent. With 19" you'll need a long shaft engine. Short shafts are for 15-17" height transoms.

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Old 27 December 2012, 18:28   #10
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Fantastic picture Loco.
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