The Zodiac Cadet Series: Small Yacht Tenders with Superior Space
The Zodiac Cadet Series serves well as a robust little tender offering performance and portability at an affordable price. This inflatable boat comes with three floor options:
The AirLite models have an H2P woven polyester air floor.
or S Series
come with plywood floors and inflatable keels.
models have slatted wooden floors.
A Look at the Zodiac Cadet Series
Included on all the models: safety straps, 2 “safe-clic” reclining oar supports, aluminum oars, padded grab handles, towing rings, anti-chafing strip, removable quick-release thwart, foot pump, repair kit, owner’s manual, and carry bag.
Specs on the Cadet Series:
- Lengths: 7'11" to 11'2"
- Beams: 5'2" to 8'2"
- Tube Diameter: 14" or 16"
- Capacity: 3 to 6 persons
- Weight: 57 lbs to 115 lbs
- Choice of floor: wood slats, marine plywood, or air
- Inflatable keel (on Solid models)
- Marine grade wood transom
- Aluminum engine support plate
- PVC Strongan™ Duotex™ fabric
- 1 interior controlled self-bailer
- Semi-recessed valves
- Max HP: 4 hp to 20 hp
- Limited Warranty: 5 years
- Hull color: Blue/grey
Optional accessories: swimming ladder, pressure gauge, fishing rod holder, bow bag, bench bag, and more.
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Some Points to Consider
Cadets have oversized buoyancy tubes to provide a stable ride even when heavily loaded with people and gear. The Zodiac Cadet Series has the ability to mount a 4-stroke engine, up to 20hp. The large handgrips on the bow allow you to grab these lightweight dinks and haul them aboard for storage.
Unlike hard dinghies, you won’t have to worry about bumping against your boat or worse — someone else’s boat — as the inflatable tubes are made with Strongan™ Duotex™ 1100 Decitex fabric, a tough puncture and UV resistant PVC material. To hold the seams tight, Zodiac uses their robotized thermobonding process, an exclusive aeronautical technique, for maximum durability.
The Floor Options
Your floor choice will depend entirely on how you intend to use one of these inflatable tenders.
If you plan to keep your Zodiac Cadet Series boat inflated much of the time and tied up at a dock or trailered, either the plywood or wood-slatted floor is the better choice. Also, you won’t risk damage to it from dropping sharp objects like a fishing knife, which can be a problem with the air floor system.
However, if you will inflate/deflate the inflatable boat often, go with the Air Floor which will be quick and no-hassle. Zodiac’s AirLite boats offer the most comfortable deck beneath your feet, and the easiest portability.
The Roll up Cadet Series (slatted wooden floor) can be conveniently deflated, rolled, and stowed with the floor still inside.
The Solid Series (plywood floors + V-keel) offer high performance, rapid planing abilities, and great maneuverability.
What Everyone is Saying
Reviews on the models in the Zodiac Cadet Series are all thumbs way up. Every detail has been well thought out, and implemented with the finest workmanship and materials used. Owners of these inflatable boats are delighted by the performance and durability of the Cadet Series. These are gorgeous yacht tenders, and with the option of hull lengths and configurations you can get the Zodiac you want that is best suited for your application.
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