As a boater and a inflatable boat enthusiast I see and pilot a good many boats in my day to day on the water. One that has garnered a lot of attention lately is the Zodiac Open 7.
Rarer than unicorns at the time of this writing, there have been two built with a third being wrapped up and shipped to The Inflatable Boat Center right this second. If you were lucky enough to go to Paris then you got to see some of the forward thinking innovations Zodiac has folded into the mix.
Surely if you’ve been paying attention while you were out for a cruise you would have noticed a change in the boating community. Younger boaters look for water sports and smaller packages and are willing to pay as much as a home just to go water skiing or wake boarding.
Tin boats seem to have a hold on fishing but lack the buoyancy and redundancy to be safe in any sort of sea state other than a placid lake or river. The tin guys will all talk trash at a boat ramp as they fumble with launching or recovery about the “raft” next to them. Later on the radio when the call comes out that they sunk and need help do they then start to appreciate the strengths of the inflatable boat or RIB.
Zodiac pays attention to what’s going on in the World and in the way people use their boats. With ownership back safely in French hands the new and the old come together in harmony of design with the purpose built strength of a huge knowledge base. The Open 7 blends it all together in a package that is easy to pilot, and has the pedigree of being the safest boat type afloat today. Younger generations will appreciate that the Zodiac Open 7 is kind to the environment in it’s production and it’s deployment.
While the folks at The Inflatable Boat Center have their Zodiac Open 7 rigged with a Yamaha F250 that seems to tear at the space time continuum when throttled up, it barely uses fuel as one would expect. Zodiac pays keen attention to the environment and the miserly fuel consumption of their designs has always been a herald to lower cost of ownership. The Zodiac Open 7 isn’t just smart, it’s beautiful as well.
The folks at The Inflatable Boat Center tell me their Zodiac Open 7 will be priced at $69.999.00 turn key with a trailer included. Compared to a ski boat that doesn’t do anything else or a lead sled this is the best value in boat money today. The Zodiac Open 7 is the perfect chameleon, it adapts to anything the wind or sea throws at it and it does it with poise and grace. I think we’ll be seeing more of the Zodiac family on the water as the younger smarter generations come to boating as a hobby or vocation.
To see the Zodiac Open 7 for yourself give the folks at The Inflatable Boat Center a call to schedule a viewing (503)235-2628, or see the Zodiac Open 7 at the Portland boat Show, or Seattle Boat Show in the coming months. The folks at The Inflatable Boat Center speak Zodiac fluently and seem to all have grown up on the water. Chances are they probably have been there or done that already and are happy to talk to people about their upcoming adventures afloat.
www.inflatableboats.com is their website address.
Zodiac Open 7 photos below: