Originally Posted by numesold
hi im new to this site and i apologise im on the scrounge for info i have seen a what looks like a cheap zapcat on ebay in poole i have no real experience with these but have had other boats mainly dorys and bostons i know these are absolute animals but am looking for a bit of fun. im going to look at it on sat is there anything i should look out for any assistance would be greatly appreciated ive also got to persuade the wife to let me have a new toy thanks in anticipation
These are indeed massive fun. Check it's got the tiller extension/damper mod, look for cracked floorboards and examine the keels for excessive wear as they get driven on to the shore pretty hard by some owners. Have a careful look at the engine to see if it has been dunked and not properly cleaned and greased afterward. Those engines are brilliant but rusted bolts etc are bad news in a few short years.
Finally consider carefully whether you're likely to be a solo user -like most inflatables with big OBs they're scary solo heading into a wind driven waves. Solo use , other than scary straightline speed
will not allow you exploit much of their potential.
Oh and expect to get black and blue and wet - very wet!