The ultimate tender test

We review 10 inflatable dinghies on the market to see which one would make the ultimate tender

Zodiac Zoom 260 | The ultimate tender test | Motor Boats Monthly |Zodiac Zoom 260


Similar to the Air Deck, the Zoom has an inflatable floor and keel with two tube compartments. The oars are different as they are fixed in their row locks, with a positive securing clip. The Zoom also has a slightly better rowing position.


Under power the Zoom achieved 6mph with one on board and 5mph with two on board with the 2.5hp engine.

With the 5hp engine it just managed to plane with one person on board at 10mph, and hit 8mph with two crew.

Vital stats

The Zoom weighs 32kg and its packed dimensions were the smallest in our test, along with the Zodiac 260AD.


At £809 it is mid-range in terms of price, and comes with five-year tube and two-year seal warranties.


Rating 3/5

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