If you’re on the market for inflatable boats, you’re probably wondering, “Well, which one is actually the best for me? There are so many out there.”
While this is true (there is a ridiculous amount of inflatable boats out there), rest assured that the one company that provides top-notch nautical vessels is Zodiac.
Originally starting as a French airplane company, Zodiac made their first inflatable boat in the 1930s. They revolutionized how people can maneuver the water without having to deal with a physical ship to haul around or store. From the 1930s onward, Zodiac has been tailoring their products from the military to vacationers to the present day boaters.
Zodiac creates some of the best inflatable boats available and all come with a factory warranty. Different lengths, PVC weight capacities, different materials like gray PVC, inflatable floors and aluminum floors and air floors, rigid hull inflatables…the list is endless.
Zodiac Inflatable Boats
Classic Mark I Inflatable Boat
If you’re the kind of person to enjoy lazy weekends on the water, possibly fishing or just sunbathing, then this boat is for you. It’s not super high-powered, so it won’t be the best against waves or choppy water, but it will do everything you want and more on some calm, refreshing water.
According to Zodiac, here’s what you get in the package:
- Removable bow bag
- Fittings for remote steering bar
- Fittings for launching wheels
- Mast and pennant
- Two carrying bags
- Two paddles
- Foot pump
- One pressure gauge
- Repair kits
- Owner’s manual
This is an incredibly safe, stable, and strong boat, easy to maneuver and sit on comfortably. Its sturdy inflatable hull allows it to move with precision in the water, taking you where you need to go.
And once you’ve finished up your day on the water, you can deflate the hull and throw it in the back of your car or strap it to the roof. You can put the boat in your closet and still have space for your cars and belongings. Storing the Classic Mark II is a breeze!
Open 7 Inflatable Boat
If you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph, something you can do more activities with, then the Open 7 will be able to be that boat for you.
The Open 7 is capable of handling choppier waters and going at faster speeds, making it ideal for waterboarding and other board sports. Also, if you want to dive or go spearfishing, you can do that with this boat as well. It’s perfect for hopping into the water or just relaxing with the fishing pole.
The versatility of this boat is amazing. You get a self-bailing deck and large diameter removable tube for easy inflation. What’s more, you have 1250 L of storage space, allowing you to carry everything you need and more.
Here’s what you get when you purchase the Open 7, according to the Zodiac website:
- Integrated fuel tank (200 L) + water/fuel separator
- Battery switch
- Navigation lights
- Tilt forward console, including front slide-up hatch, large
- Dashboard surface, two empty-pockets inc. 12V/USB
- Socket and cup holders, 2-position windscreen
- Pilot/co-pilot leaning post, including storage
- Stern seats inc. removable backrests
- Bathing ladder
- Two paddles
- Foot pump & pressure gauge
- Owner’s manual
- Repair kit
Overall, the Open 7 is a great boat for doing pretty much anything an adventurous spirit would want to do. If you want to ride around a lake or slow-moving river, you can zoom from place to place and see everything you want. And, if you want to grab the family and go for a trip out to a lake island, you can carry all the camping gear you need for a comfortable night. The Open 7 can do that, and you’ll be set!
N-ZO 700 Cabin Inflatable Boat
If you’re looking for a luxury boat designed for maximum comfort, look no further than the N-ZO 700 Cabin from Zodiac. It puts even non-inflatable boats to shame.
The interior of the boat was designed by the world-renowned Italian designer Vittorio Garroni to meet the needs of the most sought-after requirements for recreational sailors. So if you’ve ever sailed and you thought to yourself, “Wow, I really wish I had X, Y, and Z right now,” then this boat will have you covered.
The deck layout was made to allow the easiest and safest movement around the board space. There’s a spacious aft salon that can seat numerous people, so you can bring your posse on a cruise around the most scenic aquatic destinations. And there’s even a well thought out sun deck towards the front of the boat that can be put in place in under 15 seconds by just unfolding the structure. Best of all, the deck comes with a sink and electrified stove/fridge next to it, so you can eat and have a place to wash dishes, as well as store leftovers.
This boat is perfect for just lazing around the lake, river, or shallow sea in maximum comfort. When you’re done soaking up the sun and absorbing the crisp sea air, you can retire to the cabin for a nap. It can hold 4–5 people, providing sliding doors and interior lighting to make sure everyone can get around just fine. It’s a wonderful addition to your inflatable boat (except this one is more like an inflatable yacht.)
There are so many benefits to this boat that you might as well read all of them on the Zodiac website. It would be too long to list here.
If you’re in the market for inflatable boats, just know that you have a variety to choose from. If you want something calm and low-budget for simple fishing trips, then you can go for something like the Classic Mark I. If you want something on the other end, like the N-ZO 700 Cabin, then you can cruise around in incredible style, lavishing in all the amenities and features.
Whatever you decide is your ideal bought, Zodiac will have something for you. From their extensive line of inflatable boats, they’ve left no style of boat adrift for any consumer. Get everything you want from a company that has been promising—and delivering—amazingly high-quality boats. You get what you pay for, so you should accept no less than a Zodiac inflatable boat.