Zodiac Classic Mark 2 Inflatable Boat

The Zodiac Classic Mark 2, at 13′-9″, is the largest of the Classic family of inflatable boats, but one of the smaller Zodiac boats. Zodiac boats are well known for their military and search and rescue capabilities in rough waters. They are also commonly used for scuba diving, hunting and fishing. Best of all, though, they are a fun sport boat.

The Zodiac Classic Mark 2, at 13′-9″, is the largest of the Classic family of inflatable boats, but one of the smaller Zodiac boats. Zodiac boats are well known for their military and search and rescue capabilities in rough waters. They are also commonly used for scuba diving, hunting and fishing. Best of all, though, they are a fun sport boat.

Inflatable Boat, Really?

If you are not into scuba diving or white water rafting, you may not be familiar with inflatable boats. Sitting on the dock or on the beach, you might get the occasional strange look, or even laugh, when you point to your Zodiac and call it a boat. To some people, it looks more like a life raft. But, don’t be deceived! Crank the throttle on a decent sized motor and watch this puppy rise up out of the water and hit the waves.

Practical, Portable, Affordable

We decided to purchase an inflatable boat over 10 years ago because we didn’t have room at our cottage to keep a rigid-hull boat. So where do we keep the Zodiac? Folded up in a bag in the basement of our cottage. It stores in a space about 5′ long, 2.5′ wide and 1′ high. It sits under a work bench in the basement for the winter.

It is small and easy to transport. Simply fold it up and put it in the carrying bags. It easily fits into the back of an SUV, even with a motor. You can even put it in the trunk or on the roof of a car. Unfold it, assemble the floor boards, inflate the buoyancy tubes, and you are ready to go in a matter of minutes. And, all this can be done on the beach or shoreline. Once assembled and inflated, the Mark 2 can be easily carried into the water using the carrying handles.

Add a small motor and you are ready to hit the waves, or paddle out to your favorite fishing spot. Your choice.

One Boat, Many Uses


As I mentioned earlier, the Zodiac is commonly used for a variety of purposes from scuba diving, to fishing, or sport boating.

Our kids love to lie on the buoyancy tubes as we hit the big waves. The air-filled buoyancy tubes create quite a bounce. There are safety grab lines, but make sure your kids are wearing life jackets. And, be especially careful with small kids. It is not uncommon for a kid to bounce right out of the boat if you are riding white caps.

The Classic has an inflatable v-shaped hull. This provides for very good speed and maneuverability. The inflatable keel also acts as a buoyancy tube providing increased stability. You can take the waves head-on, and even sideways, with little danger of overturning. The transom at the stern of the boat has two self-bailer plugs that can be removed to drain the boat if it fills with water. And it will, if you are riding the waves. You can either drain the boat on shore, or pull the plugs while cruising flat water. The boat planes high enough out of the water to get the drain plugs above the water line. Just don’t forget to put the plugs back in before slowing down.

The transom also has motor mounts. The largest recommended motor is 30 hp. However, the boat is so light that even a 15 hp motor gets the boat planing. A 15 hp motor is more than enough to pull kids in a tube, and is fine for hauling around two adults and two children. If you want to pull a water skier, you will need at least a 25 hp motor. You probably also want a larger motor if you regularly carry four or more adults or large kids.

Zodiac boats are well known for the durability. We have bottomed out on muscle beds, rocks, and beaches, with nothing more than a scratch.

Whether you are looking for fun in the waves, an easily transportable fishing boat, or just something to take you up river to a friends cottage, the Zodiac Classic Mark 2 is a good choice.

Complete Package

The Zodiac Classic Mark 2 is 13′-9″ long and 6′-0″ wide, weighing 192 pounds. It is capable of carrying 7 passengers and a maximum payload of 1854 lbs.

The Classic Mark 2 package comes complete with the inflatable boat, floor boards, removable bow bag, rear steering crossbar seat, mast and pennant, 2 paddles, foot pump, repair kit, 2 carrying bags and owners manual.

There are also options, such as a removable middle bench, launching wheels, fishing rod holder, and bathing ladder. I highly recommend the bathing ladder, especially for adults. Jumping from the boat into the water is fun, but hauling yourself back into the boat without a bathing ladder can be tough.

For more information on Zodiac boats, check out the Zodiac web site at: http://www.zodiacmarineusa.com

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