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Old 06 November 2007, 21:11   #11
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When i went to a recent boat show, i was told by the reps for Avon, Caribe, Nautica, and Novurania that they were made of Hypalon.

I went in to my local store and looked at a 2007 Zodiac 420, and it was made of Hypalon.

I am just basing my info on what the reps. for these companies told me.
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Old 07 November 2007, 02:29   #12
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... Had a feeling that'd sound wrong.


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Old 07 November 2007, 06:12   #13
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thare one more step in joinin hypolon together, it dose have a better overall life span than pvc.
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I went in to my local store and looked at a 2007 Zodiac 420, and it was made of Hypalon.
Zodiac 420's used to be welded PVC tubes. This year (or was it last?) Zodiac changed from their Strongan Duotex fabric (PVC) to what they call Sharc (which is polyurethane.)

Both PVC and PU have a sort of semi-translucent looking, plastic-cy feeling surface; Hypalon has a completely opaque, rubber-like surface (though that may have a protectant applied, making it glossier/slipperier, if that's a word.)

If the boat you saw had hypalon tubes, they may have been custom made, specifically for that boat. One other possibility is that it was an FC-420, which is a professional grade SIB, available in hypalon (and also only through special order, I believe.)

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Zodiac 420's used to be welded PVC tubes. This year (or was it last?) Zodiac changed from their Strongan Duotex fabric (PVC) to what they call Sharc (which is polyurethane.)

Both PVC and PU have a sort of semi-translucent looking, plastic-cy feeling surface; Hypalon has a completely opaque, rubber-like surface (though that may have a protectant applied, making it glossier/slipperier, if that's a word.)

If the boat you saw had hypalon tubes, they may have been custom made, specifically for that boat. One other possibility is that it was an FC-420, which is a professional grade SIB, available in hypalon (and also only through special order, I believe.)

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Just to clarify, Zodiac will be using the polyurethane 'Sharc Duotex' fabric only one their recreational boats that are over 6m long. Any of their recreational boat under 6m will contiue to get the PVC 'Strongan Duotex' .


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When i went to a recent boat show, i was told by the reps for Avon, Caribe, Nautica, and Novurania that they were made of Hypalon.
I'm pretty sure that is correct.


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I went in to my local store and looked at a 2007 Zodiac 420, and it was made of Hypalon.

I am just basing my info on what the reps. for these companies told me.
I'm pretty sure that is incorrect. I would challenge your reps on that point. Ask them if they would guarantee in writing that if the pro 420 is delivered to you with a tubeset that is not hypalon, they will pay the full cost of having it retubed with hypalon by a North American tube manufacturer of your choice. (ie. Manta, Polaris, Titan, Zodiac Hurricane etc...). You'll see some fast backpedalling.

My local Zodiac dealer is absolutely clueless when it comes to inflatables, but to his credit, he'll admit as much.
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A quick visit to Zodiac's web site confirms that all of the Yachtline level boats use strongan tubes. When looking at the site, except for a few scant references they are devoid of much about tube material on the boats. It is only highlighted under "technology". Looks as though they are trying to minimize the fact that they are PVC tubes and convince customers that if it's a zodiac, it must be good! That said, I do like the Hurricane series boats, although I see them as overrated. I think Ribcraft as well as some of the other makers are as good or better.

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Just to clarify, Zodiac will be using the polyurethane 'Sharc Duotex' fabric only one their recreational boats that are over 6m long. Any of their recreational boat under 6m will contiue to get the PVC 'Strongan Duotex' .
Didn't see that in my research. Thanks, PT.

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Hi Zip, and welcome to Ribnet. The best magazine I have found for RIBs is RIB International, printed over in the UK. They will distribute to the US for a small fee. There was a magazine here in the US called Inflatable Boats Magazine, but you're correct - it is no longer in circulation. I don't think it was up to par with RIB international.

Might I suggest looking into RIBCRAFT. They are located on the east coast, and build / sell direct. They are more commercial grade than most RIBs out there, but make a great boat.

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