Never before has one boat been used for so many different applications as the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid.
From it’s humble beginnings in France to work with the Cousteau Society, exploration, it’s many rescue operations, even the space program has adopted it’s use, the Grand Raid has done it all and asked for more. Most of us that served in a small boat capacity in the various military branches will recognize it’s form and remember how much of a joy it was to operate on. Yes the indefatigable nature of the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid has been etched into our hearts and minds and persists even today.
What makes this particular boat so special? The Zodiac Grand Raid series has spanned generations with it’s tough construction and ease of use, it is literally passed on from generation to generation. The Grand Raid’s fabric has become the standard against all other hypalon/csm inflatable boats to be measured against. It’s design is often copied in lesser boats but it’s enduring nature and longevity has never been duplicated. No other boat stood as resolutely against the elements as the Grand Raid, proof of it’s worth and value.
The old fashioned process of hand cutting, sanding, gluing, and assembling the many features has stood the test of time and modern process engineers because there simply isn’t a better material that does it all like the Zodiac Grand Raid’s neo/csm. Resistance to fuels and solvents in the environment have prompted it’s usage in the oil and mining heavy industries, and it’s abrasion resistance competes against all current modern space age polymers.
The Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid hasn’t had to do much in the way of design evolution other than the obvious upgrades to the floor board material from wood to milspec aluminum. Yes the legends at Zodiac had put purpose and thought forward early on in the design process making the Zodiac Grand Raid nearly perfect for any type or body of water it would later see in it’s use. The Zodiac Grand Raid pays attention to detail when it comes to swift water rescue, it floats over a ton of cargo in the shipyards, it can be rolled up and dropped from aircraft onto the polar ice, it conducts scientific studies on global warming and it does it all on a budget. Dollar for dollar the Zodiac Grand Raid is one of the most economical boats to own and operate based on it’s long life alone, but it’s attractive price is helpful too.
With the ability to accept rowing frames it blurs the lines in white water exploration, adding down riggers brings bottom fishing and trolling into it’s fold, and negotiating surf opens up littoral zones to operations that were unattainable before. Yes the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid has stood the watch for decades and continues to do so today.
While this configuration was originally designed for military use veterans returning home adopted it as their leisure boat of choice thereby bringing it into the folds of the civilian and professional categories it occupies today. Wherever there’s a niche the Grand Raid fills it, when the hour is late and the danger close the Zodiac Grand Raid answers the call saving lives daily. With the resurgence of interest in inflatable boats from young smart minds eager to experience boating the Grand Raid is definitely worth a look over most others. The wake skate and watersports crowd love the economy of it over competing purpose built boats costing over $100K, and they love the very small foot print it leaves on the environment. Those of us looking for a great boat that will easily accomplish a camping adventure needn’t look farther than the Zodiac Grand Raid.
Special Forces tough with the gentle nature of a kitten when underway the Grand Raid will not disappoint!
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