New Zodiac Medline 850 NEO

About Zodiac

A world-acclaimed boat builder since 1896, Zodiac knows about quality and how to construct a truly great boat.

Today's Zodiac boats are performance boats built to a high-quality standard achieved by no other builder in their class. While typical RIB makers have come and gone, Zodiac has worked over many years to perfect hull design and engineering characteristics.

Zodiac commitment, product depth and success are demonstrated by the more than 60 boat models that Zodiac builds and offers today.  They build many different Series including the Cadet, Futura, Heritage, Bayrunner, Rec Pro, Pro, Pro Sport, Pro Open, Medline and N-ZO Series.  The various Series are purpose built for the many types of uses including family day boating, fishing, water sports, diving and use for tenders.  Their models start at roughly 7' and go up to 31'.

Zodiac recently purchased Avon Marine and now markets their Seasport and Grand Tender's.  The Seasports used to be the Zodiac Yachtline Series.  Avon Marine specializes in the yacht tender market.  They build tenders from 11' - 28'.

At Reed Yacht Sales, we are proud to represent Zodiac Boats and Avon Marine. Call or come visit and let us tell you more of the Zodiac story. Then, see and drive for yourself one of the 25-30 Zodiac Boats and Avon Marine yacht tenders we carry in stock throughout our various locations.  You'll understand why Zodiac and Avon are two of the world's most popular and trusted boat brands.

Why is a Zodiac Different?

Zodiac Boats has been the industry leader in Rigid Inflatable Boats since their introduction in 1896.  They are a leader in engineering and deliver the best performing RIB's on the market.  There is truly a difference in the ride of a Zodiac over other RIB's and fiberglass boats.

Zodiac's Performance and Quality Characteristics include:

  • Very Smooth and Dry Ride - Zodiac's sharp entry forward slices through the waves and then the large tubes provide lift and deflect water away from the boat.
  • Incredible Lateral Stability - Zodiac uses large tube diameters and are engineered to be extremely stable on the water, especially in a beam sea or idling through choppy waves.  You will notice a dramatic difference in stability compared to an all fiberglass boat.
  • Quality Construction - Zodiac Boats are very well built.  Their hulls and decks are thick and sturdy.  Please compare our construction to others in the industry.
  • Fun to Operate - You will find operating a Zodiac to be one of the most enjoyable boats you have owned.  Many Owner's comment their Zodiac is the boat they use the most.  Many have a larger vessel but find the Zodiac fun and easy to use.
  • Family Oriented - We sell many Zodiac's where all members of the family operate the boat.  They are easy to dock, maneuver and raft off of other boats with ease.
  • Versatile - Zodiac offers many different models and series with varying layouts that suit all boating needs from family day boating, water sports, diving and fishing.  They are the most versatile boat on the market today.
  • Increased Payload - Due to the large tubes Zodiac's can handle much more payload that conventional fiberglass boats. 
Please watch the slide show to the right.  The photos demonstrate many of the characteristics mentioned above.

Watch this Awesome Video of a Pro Open 650


Medline 850
Photo 1: Medline 850

How a Zodiac Boat is made - BrandmadeTV



Zodiac is the world leader in inflatable boats. Back in 1934, when Pierre Debroutelle – Zodiac’s brilliant engineer – designed the prototype of an inflatable 2-seater kayak, the company could never have imagined that it was opening the door to a market that would expand enormously with the dawning of the leisure society. Pierre Debroutelle came up with a new, U-shaped prototype, comprising two side air chambers joined by a wooden dashboard. This was the true forerunner of the modern inflatable boat, leading to many future pleasure craft. Since then, Zodiac has continually developed its boats, firstly for the military market, then – in the 1960s – for pleasure crafts, to satisfy the public’s demand for sporting motorboats. The PRO OPEN is one of Zodiacs latest – it has a brand new look after a complete new design. But it still has all the features that made Zodiac the world leader for more than 75 years. Made in Ridgeville and Summerville, South Carolina