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Old 23 January 2011, 16:06   #1
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My First RIB!!!

i just found what seemed to be the best deal i've ever came across! I picked up a zodiac grand raid le with a 20hp mercury motor and trailer for only $100!! it needs a lot of attention but i think in the end it will be worth it. im excited to get working on it, ive attatched pics so you can see what it looks like. any constructive criticisim would be appreciated
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Old 23 January 2011, 17:04   #2
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constructive criticism

Ah the joy of the new boat owner, looks like a super deal to me, good luck with your new toy.
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Old 24 January 2011, 11:49   #3
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Congrats on the acquisition.

Question: Is the transom being supported by the trailer bunks? Looks like quite a bit of an arch along the keel, which may be caused by the weight of the motor if it's unsupported. If that's the case, it won't do the transom any good.

Have fun and be safe;

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Old 24 January 2011, 12:23   #4
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The trailer is not adequate for the boat. The deck split up and not properly inserted. The first thing I did when I got it home was take the steering, throttle and motor off to relieve the stress. The boat is now off the trailer and dismantled. It is leaking air slowly and evenly and I'm hoping it's the valves or seam leaks, those would be the cheapest to fix. I'm open to all suggestions on replacing my deck properly and expense wise as I am inexpierenced in owning my first inflatable
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A handheld pressurized garden sprayer (OSH, probably about $30) and some Dawn dishwashing detergent should help you locate the leaks pretty quickly. Also removes any excess dirt, oil, and grease if you scrub it a bit.

As to flooring, I've seen a one piece aluminum diamond plate floor made to replace the three rectangular back sections (on a 16' Bombard SIB), but based on the results, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.


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