boating with an inflatable has always brought with it the promise
of "getting away from it all. Boating is a pleasure for everyone,
as modern boats are more and more reliable. For you to fully enjoy your
Zodiac, may we remind you of a few simple safety precautions.
this is your first inflatable, make sure that you are thoroughly briefed
and feel comfortable in operating the boat. You will be responsible
for not only its working correctly but also for the behaviour and safety
and safety of the passengers aboard and the well being of other boaters.
We suggest you treat others with the same courtesy you would like thewm
to extend you. Observe the laws of navigation applicable in your country
and always adopt a serious attitude concerning safety regulations.
is the captains responsibility to be informed of weather conditions
and be informed accordingly. Get information about any local navigation
dangers, be aware of tides currents and sea conditions. Before leaving
port always inform someone ashore of your eventual destination and your
approximate time of return.
how to judge the distance you can cover on a full tank of fuel keeping
in mind that the amount of fuel used will vary considerably with
sea conditions. Always keep enough fuel available to enable you to reach
leave port without the essential safety equipment and the engine repair
kit. Be an example, always wear your safety jacket and be sure that
children and non swimmers never take them off.
read and understand the owners manual supplied with your inflatable.
Follow the recommendations contained within. Obtain handling and operation
experience before assuming control of the craft.
all navigation rules and respect the proper use of channels. Learn to
control your boat correctly and stay within the realm of your capabilities.
sure there is a personal flotation device for you and each of your passengers.
attach the stop switch safety lanyard before starting the motor and
while it is running. Before setting out, check to ensure that the stop
switch lanyard works properly and shuts off the engine when pulled.
should remain seated while the engine is running. Passengers may sit
on the flotation tubes provided they use the grab line. When planning,
in rough water or during sharp turns, all passengers should be inside
the boat and not seated on the tubes. NEVER allow anyone to bow ride.
using a crane or davits, all passengers and loose equipment must be
removed and the bailers opened to allow water to escape.
international Alpha flag indicates divers are in the water. Know this
sign and keep a safe distance from the area.
your boat can be difficult to control. Under no circumstanses should
you fit an outboard which exceeds the maximum permitted engine power.
you may not have that margin necessary to go upwind or against the currents.
quiet activities you do not need a very powerful engine: 8 hp ios sufficent
for a 4.2m boat.
sportier activities such as water skiing or diving you will need at
least 30 hp.
smaller outboards, go for tiller control, it gives directcontrol over
the boat and allows for quick maneuvring.
25 hp, for greater comfort and safety, we recommend you choose a steering
weight of the outboard has a direct effect on the handling of your inflatable.
For the same power output, choose the lighter outboard.
the length of the motor shaft (short, long or edxtra long). Each model
is designed to accept one or the other, not both.
inflatables can travel in the boot or on the roof of a car or van, making
it possible to travel more often and in many more places. An inflatable
is also easily transportable with a trailer. Before purchasing a trailer,
you must take into consideration the weight of each of the elements
as well as the adaptability of the trailer to your itenery.
- Do not
hesitate to purchase a trailer that is slightly more robust than the
weight you will be transporting requires. Be sure that the wheels are
wide and well adapted to long trips, and of course a spare tyre is necessary.
Choose a trailer with numerous rollers on the ramp sp that your inflatable
is well protected and prefer a tipping hinged shaft that will make loading
and unloading easier. To secure your boat, use the rings on the hull
and also have two straps that you can slip into the boat handles to
secure the boat.
all the necessary information from your motor vehicles bureau about
trailer driving regulations and make sure you get supplementary automobile
insurance for the trailer.
used to the additional size you will be handling by practicing simple
manoeuvers like passing, backing up and parking before departure.
vacation is over, prepare your boat for winter storage. Wash it with
soapy water and rinse away sand and debris. Check the condition of the
valves and the self bailer. Are there signs of wear? You can detect
air leaks with soapy water. Once inspected thoroughly, your boat is
ready for storage. If you hjave little space, it can be folded into
its carry bags but be certain its perfectly dry. If it will remain inflated,
deflate the tubes a bit and if you leave it on the trailer make sure
the inflatable is straight and not tilted.
you have a RIB with a removable tube, take off the tube, yo be able
to clean it and the rigid hull better.
final tip, keep away rodents who might make holes in your boat.
leaks and tears are sometimes inevitable but not very dangerous because
you can repair them yourselve. In spite of what you may have heard to
the contrary, the repair kit that is supplied with your boat contains
all the necessary material for a quick repair. You do not need to be
an expert, you can do it yourself.
are affected by cold gluing, not vulcanisation, in a dry moderatley
heated place but if you have a problem while navigating, small emergency
leaks and tears can be repaired by pulling the boat up onto the shore,
in a dry place. Follow the instructions scrupulously and be especially
careful about using the appropriate glue for your boat fabric.
setting off, be sure that your repair kit is complete, it will be a
precious aid if an emergency repair is necessary. If you have a major
tear, do not try to repair it yourself but consult the nearest approved
type of hull?
flat hull, usually comes with a slatted floor, making for light, quick
to set up tenders. Generally reserved for boats which do not need to
plane or cover long distances.
V-shaped hull, is created by combining a rigid floor with an inflatable
keel. This design helps planing and improves navigational stability.
Ribster hull is a unique concept, a fully foldable semi-rigid hull giving
the lightness and reduced size of a folable inflatable.
the hull is in fiberglass and fitted with an inflatable bouyancy tube
for added stability and safety. Particularly suited to intensive navigation
on choppy water. A deep V ensures an easy ride in heavy seas. A progressive
V planes quickly, even with heavy loads.
type of floor? or deck?
floor, when inflated inflated to a high pressure this air cushion becomes
as rigid as a traditional floor, but is much lighter and takes up less
space. Assembly is quick and easy and the whole boat fits in one bag.
The floor can be removed for easy maintenance
floor, is suitable where the floor can be left in place if you choose
a nomadic style of navigation.
floor, if you expect to set the boat up only several times a season.
Choose between marine plywood or aluminium.
types of deck, the fully equiped decks provide seating and maximise
storage space, by using the area between the deck and the hull. Flat
decks are for those who require free space to carry a maximum number
of passengers or equipment , or for creating a customised layout.
do I choose the model I require ?
have a slatted floor ?
- Ideal as
quick and easy to use.The floor slatts provide a stable platform and remains
fitted inside the floor and rolled up with boat .So nothing to remove.Ideal
for short trips to and from your boat and car etc.
have an inflatable floor?
get the stability of a full floor with usually less weight and again no
floor to constantly remove, the floor stays in the dinghy when you roll
sports boats. This means that a 4 mt plus boats can be easily transported
and carried by a couple of people.Also light and needs less HP to drive
it along.Also you get even more bouyancy.
have a solid floor roll up floor?
provides a stiff floor to stand on and a stiff floor making performance
good, due to it not flexing much. The floor can hinge in and roll up inside
the dinghy to pack up without to much trouble, and the quality of construction
have a Solid floor tender and sportsboat?
solid interlocking floor panals(Which can be packed in a bag for storage
or transportation]. When locked together,these provide a stable stiff
floor to stand on and protect the floor material underneath from being
damaged by the loads you put inside the boat when in use.
will also provide a stiff rigid hull shape and push the keel out
to provide a vee shape to enhance better performance and handling stability.The
aliuminium floor is mostly suitable for load carring requirements ie.work
boats and diving boats.If you keep the boat inflated on a trailer or use
the wheels that fit on the transom ie.you do not pack it up everyday.This
is the best option.
decide type of boat with the following in mind
weight of motor
weight and sizes
- Inflation points
boats will be supplied packed in boxes c/w
to fit motor. [except
sevi boats which are economy boats compared to the rest, made by
zodiac and better than the beach type, but the prices are great. They
dont take outboards and dont have carry bags]
equipment | Navigate safely | What
size outboard | Trailers | Winter
storage tips | Minor repairs | What
type of hull | What type of
floor or deck