Zodiac details Boater’s World product warranties

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Zodiac of North America outlined its warranty policy for all of its products bought by a consumer through a Boater’s World liquidator.

Zodiac will warrant all boxed boats, which are inflatable models, as though purchased through a normal dealer. Zodiac RIBs sold through liquidators do not come with a warranty, but if the customer takes the RIB to an authorized Zodiac dealer for a safety and pre-delivery inspection, then they can purchase a five-year warranty from the dealer.




“Our concern over RIBs sold through the liquidators is that damage may have occurred during the transition from Boater’s World to the liquidators,” the company said in a statement. “A safety inspection from an authorized dealer is essential to the safety of the buyers and the safe operation of our boats.”

Zodiac says buyers can get a great deal purchasing an RIB from the liquidator, “but we need them to get the inspection for their own safety and encourage them to purchase our warranty.”

Ritz Camera Centers, the parent company of Boater’s World, filed for bankruptcy protection in February. During an auction held last month, the court approved a joint bid submitted by Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC and Hilco Merchant Resources LLC to conduct store-closing sales for the Boater’s World assets.

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