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Old 02 April 2016, 17:43   #1
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1970 Grand Raid MK!!

Hello Ribnet, a first post by a new member.

I have been reading posts on here for about a year following various adventures and learning a great deal in the process. Inspired, I purchased a 1970 grand raid when the opportunity arose. Although almost as old as me, it is in mint shape and looks like it might have a few more years left in her. I got it for dirt cheap from the Government auction., the Canadian version of Mod sales.

I have hauled it out of my living room (Yes I'm single and can get away with this sort of thing.) on to the deck to do some measurements as the transom is too low for my Evinrude 25 Hp. In total I need to raise the motor 4" to sit correctly. The existing cut out is 2" deep so I will effectively raise it 2" from the top of the transom. To counter associated dynamics, I am presently fitting transom support. Just makes me feel better considering the age of the boat.

The floor boards have been dissembled as they were beginning to delaminate, I fibreglassed them back together and applied 1/8 thick rubber sheet on top to deal with rough use. Great stuff, its made from recycled tires and reasonably priced. The same material was used as wear patches on top of the tubes and glued down with Z Marine 2 part glue. Time will tell if they stay in place....

I also lined the bottom of the tubes with a second layer of hypalon followed by rub strakes on both side, again all glued down with Z Marine 2 part glue.
2 additional D ring were also installed on the bow of the boat.

The glueing process went well as I used every tip I learned from this site, had a helper for the bigger pieces, had the house up to temperature and proper humidity, plenty of snacks and appropriate refreshments at hand.

I still need to build the console and rig the remote steering, throttle control.
Updates to come...

Lastly, thank you Ribnet for existing and freely sharing information. I do get much enjoyment from this forum, you all seem to be just the right amount of daft and helpful to boot. A great combination.

Best regards from Vancouver Island, BC Canada.
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Old 02 April 2016, 17:50   #2
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Transom support.
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Old 02 April 2016, 22:11   #3
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Aye, great job on the restore. I love GR's, so much quality, they've brought me home from stormy seas a few times.
Thanks for the post mate.

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Old 03 April 2016, 11:03   #4
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Thank you Squid Boat.

I have a ways to go before I can throw her in the water, so far its all been quite fun.
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Wow! Just wow! What a beautiful boat this Zodiac. Congratulations! I hope you'll enjoy it to the full. It will be quality time!
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Old 03 April 2016, 15:12   #6
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Thank you LucasHartong.

My work often takes me away from home so the build is a bit slow but I plan to use it this summer to explore the many islands in my area and do some wild camping and fishing. I live about 10 minutes from the ocean so it should get lots of use.
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Great! I live 10 minutes from the North Sea coast in the southwest of Netherlands (Zeeland), so I know what pleasure it gives to discover the inlets and island by boat! We even have a small group of flamingos here now and then. It's possible to get near to them when you stop the outboard and row towards them. Then they just look up a bit disturbed, fly up for a few meters down the coastline and settle there to continue their gorgling up whatever is underneath the surface
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Old 04 April 2016, 12:44   #8
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Seems we are both fortunate to be near the water and to be able to appreciate the beauty that comes with it....like the flamingos you mentioned. Sounds wonderful!

It is also handy to come home with a free dinner from the sea to share with friends and family.
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Yes indeed!
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God Bless Mother Ocean.

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