Zodiac: Bombard: Avon; Zodiac Milpro: The Brands Explained
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Zodiac Nautic
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Leisure Boats and Ribs
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Zodiac Nautic is now the company which many long-term UK boaters will know as the famous Zodiac boat name. Zodiac used to have a yellow and blue badge: however these days it is a white and grey logo.
The Zodiac Nautic company was reformed in 2015 & 2016, soon after it had been purchased by a French entrepreneur. The good news is that he knows what he is doing. He has taken a hands-on approach, something which had frankly needed to be done for a few years (hint: employing accountants was all well and good, but not when there was an accountant sitting in every seat! . That has all now changed!). The even better news is that Zodiac Nautic is still manufacturing (mostly in Europe) and is still selling all of the classic  Zodiac leisure boat models. The even better news is that the quality control on these new Zodiac Nautic boats is better than ever.In our opinion, the new "hands on manangement" in France is definitely making a difference.
The various ranges of Zodiac Nautic boats are as follows. These Zodiac Nautic boats are all-purpose designed with the leisure and recreational boating market in mind;
Cadet Inflatable Boats - several ranges of quality small inflatable boats and ribs.
Classic - as the name suggests, one of the original inftable boat designs
Zodiac Futura -the definite fast watersports boat (fastroller or solid floor)
Zodiac Medline Rib - the lazying about in the sun rib
Zodaic Pro Ribs - a range of flexible performace sportsboat ribs
Zodiac Pro Open Ribs - a range of family friendly rbs
Zodiac N-Zo dayboat rib - the luxury cruising boat 
Zodiac N-Zo Cabin rib - the luxury rib with a over-nighting cabin
All the Zodiac Nautic boats as described on the Pennine Marine website. There is now also the manufacturers Zodiac nautic website. However, as we are from Yorkshire, we keep it simple and easily explained ....something the French struggle with....in these circumstances ...keep it local.

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Avon Boat
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The Avon brand today
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The Avon brand has been known for its superb quality for many years. The Avon brand introduced many features that are now commonplace on all other high quality ribs, such as neoprene/ hyperlon tubes.
Now Avon is owned by Zodiac Nautic brand. However they are determined to keep Avon as an exclusive high-quality brand of ribs. Thus these Avon boats are made on a dedicated (and separate) factory. There is a separate Avon website. The only Avon models are the 4no Avon Seasport rib range.
However what was the Avon ribs are now sold under a different label. Following the spilt of Zodiac and Zodiac Milpro back in 2013, what many UK boaters used to know as the boats models bult under Avon brand, including the classic Searider, are still being manufactured. However these ribs and infllatables are now made and sold under the Zodiac Milpro  brand,...so please read on

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The Bombard name is one that is famous throughout Europe from the exploits of a 1950's pioneer. The Bombard brand is however far less well known in the UK.
The Bombard brand and its designs are all owned by the Zodiac Nautic company (see above)  The Bombard boats - both inflatables and ribs - come off the same production lines as many of the Zodiac Nautic boats. Therefore the Bombard and Zodiac Nautic boat ranges share many common features.
On the Pennine Marine website we only decribe the most popular Bombard boats. There is a separate manufacturers website for describing all of the Bombard boats. The two best selling Bombard ranges in the UK are the Aerotec and the Commando ranges of inflatable boats.
However Pennine Marine can obtain - as a special order - all of the Bombard boat and rib ranges. Please contact ourselves for details and prices of all Bombard boats which are not on our website.

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Zodiac Milpro
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Zodaic Milpro - Formerly the Avon Professional Ribs and Inflatable Boats
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All of the Zodiac "professional boats" and the former Avon "commercial and military" boats are now sold under the Zodiac Milpro brand.
Zodiac Milpro is now an entirely separate company from Zodiac Nautic (including Avon and Bombard), as Zodiac Nautic now only concentrates on the leisure and recreational market.
Therefore Zodiac Milpro now has tightly focused range of inflatable boats and ribs dedicated to the professional, commercial and military market. This now includes the Zodiac Hurricane boats, beloved of the US Military and Coastguard
However many of the classic high-quality designs that came out from Avon factory are still available today, but under the Zodiac Milpro brand name. Literally the only thing which has changed on many models is the badge on the back - was called Avon, now called Zodiac Milpro.

  • Grand Raid GR inflatable boats
  • Futura Hulls Mk 4: Mk 5; Mk 6
  • Emergency Response Boats - ERB's
  • Military inflatable Boats - FC420 & 470; FC 470 EVO: FC530; CRRC 450 & 520

Zodiac Milpro Ribs

  • Searider SR Ribs
  • SRMN Ribs
  • SRR Response Ribs
  • Hurricane Ribs

The good news is that Pennine Marine is one of the few UK dealerships for the Zodiac Milpro (formerly Avon) ribs. Thus individuals, companies and clubs can all still buy these classic boat and rib designs. The boats and ribs are all described on our website. Prices of all Zodiac Milpro boats (firmerly Avon) are on application to ourselves


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