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Old 29 August 2011, 17:19   #1
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Zodiac blown tube--need help ASAP

I have a 2002/2003 Zodiac Medline 3 the last portion / compartment of the tube tore open. The cap is still on there but flapping around.

So I got a few questions

Is it ok to use the Zodiac with the tube in the current state its in?

Can any further damage be done by driving the boat with the tube blown open like that?

Does anyone know someone in the Tahoe area who can repair the tube?

Thanks
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Old 29 August 2011, 17:31   #2
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I have a 2002/2003 Zodiac Medline 3 the last portion / compartment of the tube tore open. The cap is still on there but flapping around.

So I got a few questions

Is it ok to use the Zodiac with the tube in the current state its in?
No.
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Can any further damage be done by driving the boat with the tube blown open like that?
Yes. Lots.
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thanks this looks like a great forum

thanks for the info NOS4r2

Can I keep it on a buoy until I can pull it out of the water this evening?
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thanks this looks like a great forum

thanks for the info NOS4r2

Can I keep it on a buoy until I can pull it out of the water this evening?
I doubt it'll do any harm for a short period.I wouldn't want to leave it like that for long though.
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How did this occur?
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How did this occur?

I am not sure if there was a tear or hole on the bottom side of the tube or not but I was just accelerating & all of sudden the boat was shaking & I looked back & the cone blew off.
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You might have run over something floating in the water that had a sharp edge or a pressure release valve for that compartment might have been stuck closed.

With regard to a repair place, maybe google "Zodiac boat dealer California" and "inflatable boat repair California" (search same for Nevada & Oregon as well) it should turn up someone fairly close.
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Paul has done some good work on my RIB Wright Repair - Inflatable Boat Specialist . He's in SoCal but might know someone close by.
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Alameda has Sal's Inflatable Services (or something like that). Good guy, though I've luckily never needed his services. Been around quite a while.

Sal's Inflatable Services Inc. Home Page

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thanks guys for the recommendations...

I found an authorized zodiac dealer & repair shop in South Lake
I sent them some pictures & am waiting to hear back on the cost.

I did find this little guy floating around a few weeks back a guy on a Seadoo pwc almost hit it.
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