The combination of the high pressure inflatable floor and the Zodiac Cadet Aero’s hull means that these small boats offer the user very comfortable and stable handling in sheltered waters. There are two sizes of Zodiac Cadet Aero in 2013. The Zodiac Cadet Aero 260 is slightly longer and wider than its sister model, the Zodiac Cadet Aero 240.
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The Zodiac Cadet Aero differs from the others in the Zodiac Cadet range in that it has a high pressure air floor. The Cadet Aero is very similar to the oyther Cadet models, however it has the different floor (the marine ply floor of the Cadet Solid “S” model, or the wide slats of the Cadet Roll Up “RU” model).
The Zodiac Cadet Aero is available only with light grey tubes, with a solid blue feature to the rear of the tubes.
There is a single bench seat in the Zodiac Cadet Aero. This seat just clips into the side tubes.
The Zodiac Cadet Aero has a full integrated inflatable floor. The V-shaped bow gives much improved manoeuvrability and good directional stability. Below the waterline, the Cadet 240 and 260 Aero’s are almost flat bottomed", with a fully inflatable hull. There is a very shallow V on the floor, but only along the keel line.
The Zodiac Cadet Aero is a fully inflatable boat with a solid transom, large side tubes and a fully inflatable floor. Above the waterline, the Zodiac Cadet 240 and 260 Aero inflatable tenders have traditional lines, with good sized buoyancy tubes. The top of the tubes has a neat grab rail system and along the sides is the integral rubbing strake. The tubes are grey PVC.
The Cadet Aero 240 is 2.4m long. This makes it quite a “small sized inflatable boat”. The beam is 1.54m. It is rated for Category D waters (inland and sheltered) and can carry three adults.
The Cadet Aero 260 is 2.6m long. This makes it quite a “small sized inflatable boat”. The beam is 1.6m. It is rated for Category D waters (inland and sheltered) and can carry three adults and one child.
The Zodiac Cadet 240 and 260 Aero inflatable tenders are suitable for any short-shaft tiller steering outboard engines. The full range of small outboard engines from Suzuki, Yamaha, Mercury, Honda, Evinrude, Tohastu, Torqueedo etc are all suitable for use on this small inflatable boat. Both models will take up to a 4hp outboard engine.
Pennine Marine often recommends either the 2.5 lightweight Suzuki or Yamaha outboards for these Zodiac Cadet Aero tender. Reducing the engine size slightly greatly reduces the cost of a new engine and by lightening the "package" greatly improves the portability.
The 2.5hp engines are lighter and less expensive than the 4p engines. The latest Torqeedo Travel 1003S silent electric outboard engine is also very suitable for this boat. The Torqeedo's electric outboard engine range nicely compliments this inflatable tender's portability in a car or caravan. However the 2.5hp outboards and/or the Torqeedo are only really suitable for harbour or inland waterways, or calm inshore waters use.
When compared with other lightweight air floored tenders and small boats on the UK boating market, the shape, quality and wide beam of the Zodiac Cadet 240 and 260 Aero gives these small boats very good stability. We also find that the floor’s quality gives confidence to passengers.
Alternative Air Floor Models
If you are looking for a small tender with an air floor, the Zodiac Cadet Aero is the obvious place to start looking. The Zodiac Cadet 260 Aero is the largest of the Zodiac Aero range, however it is just slightly smaller than the generally larger models in the Zodiac Cadet Fastroller range (the Cadet Fastroller 285 is the next largest air-floored model). If you want a no-frills “value for money” tender with an air floor, look at the Zodiac Zoom Aero floor models.