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Re: Zodiac HP Air Floor Inflatable Boat

Like nearly everything, it's a tradeoff. I've found the air floor models to be much easier to assemble and stow. However the planing ability and handling are slightly compromised compared to traditional slat-floor inflateables. My experience is with the 285 model, just a few inches longer than the one you're considering. I have used it with two outboards - with a 4hp it will plane only with one person, and you have to shift your weight forward to get up. With a 6hp it will plane more easily and with more people aboard, but of course the 6hp is heavier to deal with when moving from the rail to the dink and back.

If size and weight for stowing is your top priority, the air floor may be a good option.

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