The Zoom by Zodiac 260 Aero Air Floor Inflatable Boat and the 260S Solid Floor Model

The three-person Zoom by Zodiac 260 Aero Air Floor inflatable boat and the 260S Solid Floor inflatable boat are perfect for use as tenders. Both models have an inflatable keel and share the same great features.

A Look at this Tender

Along with the boat you get: oars, oarlocks, removable bench seat, foot pump, storage bag, and repair kit.

Specs on the Zodiac Zoom 260:

Zoom by Zodiac 260 Aero Air Floor Inflatable Boat

  • Overall Length: 8'6"
  • Inside Dimensions: 5'4" x 2'25"
  • Tube Diameter: 17"
  • Air Chambers: 3+1+1
  • Capacity: 3 persons
  • Max Payload (solid floor): 992 lbs
  • Max Payload (air floor): 882 lbs
  • Weight w/air floor: 79 lbs
  • Weight w/solid floor: 88 lbs
  • Keel: Inflatable
  • Air or Solid flooring
  • Material: 1100 Decitex
  • Limited Warranty: 2 years
  • Hull color: Grey/blue
  • Shaft length recommended: Short (15")
  • Min/Max power (air floor): 3 hp – 6 hp
  • Min/Max power (solid floor): 6 hp – 8 hp

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A Fun Sporty Boat

Zoom by Zodiac 260S Solid Floor Inflatable Boat

The Zoom by Zodiac 260S Aero Air Floor inflatable boat ($949) and the 260S Solid Floor inflatable boat ($1,099) offer boaters a choice of two options based on their needs. For a lightweight, comfortable, and easily portable craft, the 8'6" 260 with the air floor is the ideal choice. If you plan to keep the tender inflated most of the time and moored or on a trailer with the motor mounted, then the solid floor is the better bet. The solid floor cannot be rolled up inside the boat (see the Zoom 230 with the slatted wood floor for that storage option).

The Aero Air floor boats have a high-pressure inflatable floor; the Solid floor model has a marine plywood floor plus 2 aluminum stringers. Both models also feature an interior commanded self-bailer and an inflatable keel to ensure responsive, predictable performance.

The 260 and 260s feature Duotex™ 1100 Decitex material on the buoyancy tubes, using glued seams for superior hold, air retention, and safety. Other features include an engine support plate, semi-recessed Bravo-type valves, rubbing straking, reinforced cone ends, bow handle, two carry handles, and a safety line.

What We Say

The Zoom by Zodiac 260 Aero Air Floor inflatable boat and the Zoom 260S Slat Floor Model are reasonably priced for boaters who don’t want to spend more by stepping up into the Cadet Series. These Zooms are made of the same tough material, get good reviews, and are backed by Zodiac’s 2-year warranty. The 230 and 260 are shorter dinghies for limited range tendering and are intended for seasonal use; we suggest you look at the 310S or 350S if you plan to venture out more than a couple of miles to do island hopping.

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