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Old 27 February 2011, 14:30   #1
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1989 Zodiac Hurricane 472? Anyone know what this is?

Hey Guys, Finally made the move to a RIB got the hull at what I thought was a great deal... until I realized I have no idea what it is and where I can get the necessary add ons to make her seaworthy. any insight or advice would greatly help this project take life!
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Old 28 February 2011, 22:18   #2
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I believe the 472 was a SOLAS configuration Hurricane came up with. It has probably been replaced by now, so tubes and stuff will be tough to find.

Your best bet would probably be to get a set of third-party tubes, although thy would need a pattern I suppose.

GR8toy, can you help?

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Old 04 October 2011, 18:50   #3
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Has anyone ever made a complete tube set? I can't seem to find a set for this hull, and I really think this could be a fun boat.... Am I delusional to believe I can actualy fabricate a set?

Heres some of my concerns:

-How do I isolate the chambers?

-What does the track that connects the tubes to the hull look like?

-Whats better Zodiac style end cones or rounded drum style like Wing?

-Where can I get a Bolt of heavy duty hypalon, mass quantaties of glue, accessories and valves for a decent price??

I know if you guys haven't done it , It probably can't be done!
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Old 04 October 2011, 21:36   #4
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Glue in Hawaii may be tough; it's probably going to have to come by ship. Might try NRSWeb to see if they have large quantities. They sell fabric as well, but I have no idea what they're large sizes are.

Your problem in Hawaii. making up a tubeset, is going to be controlling humidity. Hypalon glue likes low humidity, and moderate to high temps.

Did the hull come from one of the bases over there?

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Looking at your picture, there is no V to the hull. You won't be getting any real "rib" type performance from the hull.

Hate to say it but, you might want to cut your losses. Building a complete set of tubes from scratch is not going to be a cheap or easy process. With the end product being a bit of an unknown performer, that would be enough to tip the scales for me.

Best of luck regardless,
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you may be able to modify a set of pro 530 tubes or something similar. the hull attachment looks the same.
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Old 05 October 2011, 11:37   #7
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Talk to Guy at Polaris. They have worked on alot of different re-tubes over the years and may just know the pattern for that hull.
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Trying to make them yourself you are just going to waste a large amount of money and time IMHO.
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Thanks guys, I think I drank too much coffee that morning; I was feeling a bit overly motivated!
Ill look into all your leads, Honestly I just dont want to see the hull go to waste, My girlfriend asked me to day if she could cut into book shelves!!
I've read of at least one guy that has glassed in the sponsons... Its not too much of a loss, got it for $300.. anyone want to buy it?
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you can also find a tube of Zodiac Pro 470, it's the same hull...
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you can also find a tube of Zodiac Pro 470, it's the same hull...
THANX! that opens up the possibilities of getting this thing going!
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