I recently purchased a zodiac F470 with a 55hp motor and aluminum panel floor. I believe the boat is a early to mid 1980's boat. I need some help...the aluminum floorboard is 4 panel with 2 side rails...I took it out and it seems like the floor needs to more side rails...it wanted to accordion up on me. Does it normally come with 4 side rails. Also I am missing the keel tube...could this be the problem? Where can I get a keel tube for the boat...are they interchangeable. .
Thanks for the help. Aloha Toby
There are a few different inflatable keels depending on which specific F470 that you have. First question would be is there Velcro on the inside of you floor for the keel to stick to? Those keels are very hard to find used and are over $1000.00 new. The other keel versions glue in.
Longer stringers definitely stiffen up the floor and prevent flex. Not sure why Zodiac never changed to the longer design. We have taken other Zodiac stringers and cut them so that we use two one each side which creates the same effect as single longer ones.