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Old 17 September 2009, 17:02   #1
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Zodiac Pro Open 650

Greetings,

I am considering purchasing in Canada a Zodiac Pro Open 650 with a Yamaha 150. Can anyone comment on the durability and quality of boat. I was looking to get Hypalon however Zodiac is indicating their new 'Sharc' fabric is better.

Any insight on this boat; good, bad or indifferent would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 18 September 2009, 09:48   #2
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In France there have been a few problems with that model. What choice of manufacturers do you have?
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Old 18 September 2009, 15:33   #3
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We have Zodiac, Avon, Polaris, Caribe, AB, Novurnia. What impressed me the most about this boat was it's seating configuration. The back seat is very well laid out. I have heard the PRO 650 had hull problems a couple of years ago which was corrected. Which problems have you heard about?

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Old 18 September 2009, 15:47   #4
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Have you looked into Polaris? I'm pretty happy with my 15.5ft aluminum "Spirit" with an interior built to my specifications for diving. Bench seat with dry storage, a tiny console to not take up excess space, nice big anchor locker, and a 8 tank rack I designed. Load carrying capacity with a 60hp has been tremendous.

I don't have any firsthand knowledge of their larger models, but if they are anything like the one I have you should check them out.
http://www.polarisboats.com/

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Old 19 September 2009, 21:38   #5
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Thanks for Polaris link - they are definitely on my short list as I hear there are very well built and highly recommended.
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