Features November 2009 Issue

West Marine and Zodiac V-bottom Inflatable Dinghies Put to the Test

West Marine features high-pressure V-bottom while Zodiac challenges with an inflatable floor and V-shaped keel.

Practical Sailorís on-the-water and bench tests pitted West Marineís HP-V 350 with a high-pressure V-shaped bottom against Zodiacís FR340 Fastroller with Acti-V bottom, which has a high-pressure floor and an inflatable V-shaped keel. Testers looked closely at design and construction, and rated the boats for on-water performance, including how quickly the dinghies got a plane, how dry and comfortable the ride was, and how the inflatable boats handled at varying speeds.

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