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RZ 85 1 vs 2 vs 3 and RZ85 history

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:30 am
by Irikos
Hey guys,

As the title says, I'm looking for opinions on RZ85-1 vs 2 vs 3. I went to 2 expeditions so far using RZ 85-1 and 85-2 and I like 85-1 a bit more because 85-2 is made of laminated wood. I'm not fixed on this, that's why I'm looking for opinions.

Also, where can I find some info on the history of RZ85 series? Or something similar.

Thank you!

Re: RZ 85 1 vs 2 vs 3 and RZ85 history

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:27 am
by Caspar
There is lots of infos about this type. But I think, you mismatch the subtypes a bit. Before 1991 laminated wood was only build in the low budged versions with the suffix 'Exquisit', which differs in even more details from the normal line and parts (as well as the hull) are not exchangable.

So you have in total following versions from before and till 1991:

RZ-85/1 (1954 - 1968)
RZ-85/2 (1969-1972; relativly rare)
RZ-85/3 (1973 - 1991)

RZ-85/1 Exquisit (1963 - 1972)
RZ-85/1 Exquisit-b (1967 - 1971)
RZ-85/2 Exquisit (1967 - 1971)
RZ-85/3 Exquisit (1973 - 1990)

You can check the details on the differences yourself here:

In general you can say, the earliest versions like the normal RZ-85/1 were best in quality (i.e. 5 layers hull), while going on through the 70/80ths the quality fell slowly down and down. The 'Exquisit's (despite that name) where the low budget ones and should be avoided (although lots of them have survived till today).

During GDR times there where a few changings in company structure and names and also some sub-companies (outsourced) like Taucha-Favorit, who build whole boats for Pouch in different locations, so the naming and versions can be confusing sometimes.