Zodiac 340 Cadet RIB Review

It’s the end of April 2013 in Sydney and we are enjoying the most amazing indian summer in years. A long scorching summer in Sydney (There were 2 days over 40 degrees) has mellowed in to long sunny days or super light cloud cover with little breeze and temperatures around 25 degrees.

Dino Tantaro (National Marine Manager – Zodiac) and I had been discussing for a long time regarding a suitable Zodiac to review and when I received a call from Dino and offered the chance to spend the day on Sydney Harbour I jumped at the opportunity.

The Zodiac Dino suggested we test was a Zodiac 340 Cadet RIB which at 3.40 meteres in length and weighing in at 32kg minus motor and gear was the perfect balance of trailerable family fun or tender to a larger vessel.

In our case the 340 Cadet was the pride and joy of a northern beaches local who loves to take out his young family boating around beautiful Middle Harbour.

Fitting easily in to their spare garage and fitted with a Mercury Sea Pro 25HP 2 Stroke it rolled out easily atop a Dunbier Roller Trailer.

The ultra lightweight of the rig means that hitching it to a towbar can be done by one person and when heading to the nearest waterway towed by pretty much any car.

Whilst on our way to the boat ramp I did check quite a few times behind our car with greater than normal interest checking that the Zodiac was still attached! 

Launching was a breeze and with the newly built pontoon at Roseveille Bridge Boat Ramp this task can easily be done by one person.

When underway at low speed in the 4 knot zone close to sure the 340 Cadet tracks well with minimal movement on the tiller steer required to keep in a straight line. 

With over 65 models in the Zodiac range the 340 Cadet RIB is the largest within the Zodiac Cadet “Tender” category.

 

Zodiac Cadet 340 specifications 

Dimensions (m – fi)

Length overall

3.40 – 11’2”

Inside length

2.48 – 8’2”

Width overall

1.72 – 5’8”

Inside width

0.80 – 2’7”

Tube diametre

0.45 – 1’6”

 

Hull

  • V-shaped polyester hull
  • Moulded non-slip deck
  • Bow locker
  • 1 bow D-ring
  • 4 integrated lifting points
  • Fuel tank securing system
  • Aluminium engine mounting plate
  • 1 bailer

Buoyancy tube

  • Strongan™ fabric
  • Easy Push valves
  • Handrail with fabric handles
  • 2 Swivel oarlocks
  • Broad rubbing strip
  • 2 oar rests
  • 2 stainless steel tow rings
  • 2 carrying handles
  • 2 pilot handles

Fabric

PVC thermobonded

 

 

Zodiac 340 Cadet RangePrice list 

CADET 260 RIB 

3,459

CADET 290 RIB 

3,735

CADET 310 RIB 

3,981

CADET 340 RIB 

5,266

CADET 260 RIB NEO/HYP 

4,463

CADET 290 RIB NEO/HYP 

4,766

CADET 310 RIB NEO/HYP 

5,336

CADET 340 RIB NEO/HYP 

6,203