Zodiac of North America, Inc. Launches SaveFuelKeepBoating.com

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Microsite compares the fuel consumption difference between traditional center consoles and Zodiac RIBs

Zodiac of North America, the world's leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), has launched a new microsite that compares fuel usage and horsepower differences between their RIBs and similar-sized center consoles. According to Yamaha engine performance tests on a variety of vessels, Zodiac RIBs use less horsepower and get twice the miles per gallon than their heftier counterparts.

"We've seen that the rising price of fuel has affected sales and even the usage habits of boaters across North America. Our RIBs use HALF the gas of similar-sized alternatives, while providing better rides, competitive performance, and unprecedented seaworthiness," Gary Durnan, VP of Recreational Products for Zodiac, explained. "We felt it was important to let consumers know they have more fuel efficient boats to choose from so they can maintain their boating lifestyle."

The performance comparison tests compare the 28-ft Zodiac Pro20 center console with similar sized models from five manufacturers. On average, the Zodiac used half the fuel of the heavier, traditional boats. The Zodiac also weighs roughly 38% less than the other crafts. The lighter weight allows similar performance by the Zodiac with less horsepower. Smaller engines, less fuel consumption, and smaller tow vehicles all add up to much lower costs of ownership for large recreational Zodiac RIBs.

"Every dollar we can help boaters rescue from the fuel tank is one more they can spend on their passion. Zodiac RIBs ride smoother, handle like a sports car, and make excellent fishing boats, ski boats, wakeboard boats, and general runabouts," Durnan continued. "This should be exciting for every boater - rising fuel costs can be offset by a more fuel efficient boat."

Zodiac RIBs were originally designed as ship-to-shore service vessels that had to be lightweight for shipboard davits, yet extremely seaworthy for rough seas. They had to be durable enough for daily use on the water, comfortable for all day piloting by mariners, and fuel-efficient for regular operation. These same traits are great for recreational boaters, too, especially in light of rising fuel costs.

About Zodiac of North America, Inc.
Zodiac of North America Inc. is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Zodiac Marine and Pool, a Carlyle Group portfolio Company.. Zodiac is the inventor and world-leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and RIBs, with headquarters in Stevensville, MD, a U.S. factory in Summerville, SC, and service offices in San Diego, CA, South Bend, IN, Portland, OR, and Van Buren, AR. Zodiac is the only manufacturer to offer a training academy, service certification for dealers, a global network of service centers, and a robust North American network of dealers. Zodiac is CE and NMMA certified.

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