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Old 29 May 2011, 12:59   #1
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Picked up a former fire department owned Zodiac pro 530. The tubes were filled with self expanding foam which failed miserably. Apparently some of that foam was strong enough that it pulled some seams completely apart. The hull itself is in excellent condition. The motor is not bad but will be getting replaced.
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Old 22 June 2011, 15:24   #2
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The new tubes have arrived.

I have also acquired a new console from an older fiberglass boat. Now I have space to hide a 40 gallon fuel tank mid ships without having to cut out the deck. I'll also be gaining storage by removing the tank which was hidden under the rear seat.


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The hull has now been completely stripped and has been refinished. The console and fuel tank are in and the tubes are on. The new engine has been installed and rigging is about halfway done. Hopefully she gets wet this weekend !
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Hmmm. Funny looking head you've got there. Or is the seat missing a cushion?

Luck with the sea trial;

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Nice man that looks pretty sweet. I am looking for a zodiac similar to yours. Did you pass by the fire station and see it for sale or did you get it a govt auction?

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I came across the boat on Craigslist. It was listed as a 470 at the time. The fire department had sold it last summer to a policeman from their town. He inturn put it up for sale after gettting a really high quote for new tubes. He wanted a lot more than i was willing to pay. Well apparently he had a deal on it and it fell through when the potential buyer got a price on tubes. When it got relisted I asked for photos and noticed it said 530 on the hull not 470 as it was listed. Apparently he was not completely aware of what he had. I lowballed on it and he took my offer. To make things better I sold the evinrude it came with for almost as much as I paid for the package.

Unfortunately it seems that most dealers are trying to retire on what they sell tubes for. It certainly does not help the industry.
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Hmmm. Funny looking head you've got there. Or is the seat missing a cushion?

Luck with the sea trial;

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HMMM.. I never considered sneaking a head under the seat. Not a half bad idea... LOL !
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Oh nice you got pretty lucky! If you can keep the thread updated. Looks like fun, enjoy it!

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Well the boat will finally be getting launched later today. Unfortunately there have been some delays which have been beyond my control. Apparently somewhere between the builder and here a mouse got inside the motor and had a little feast. Luckily the manufacturer stepped right up and sent out the needed parts to get this resolved.
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Well , I am very pleased with how it handles. Have not had a chance to get it on a GPS to get a speed on it yet but the fuel economy is excellent and it takes waves very well.
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