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Old 15 December 2013, 15:03   #11
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Yeah done some research and im pritty sure its hypalon, I dont think PVC would last 28 years.
The boat for its age is in good condition, no patches or deep scratches and the seams look ok.
I only paid 800$ for the boat and trailer, the trailers worth 600$ alone. Thats bloody cheap being in Australia.
I only plan on using this for a couple of years as Ive never been in an Inflatable. This is like a tester I suppose. Better to spend 800$ on an oldy than 11500$ on a newy and not like it.
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You got a bargain with the Trailer included!
They tryed out Strongan-PVC for a year or two back in the early 1990's but all GR's before and since are Hypalon.
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Old 15 December 2013, 16:32   #12
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You got a bargain with the Trailer included!
They tryed out Strongan-PVC for a year or two back in the early 1990's but all GR's before and since are Hypalon.
Hmm. Fancy that!

I don't deal much with Milpro boats. You don't see them too much around here. I would estimate that greater than 90% of boats on the Great Lakes are PVC.

We go through 6 x 800cc PVC cans per 1 x 800cc Hyp/Neo can. lol.

Good looking older boat though!
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We go through 6 x 800cc PVC cans per 1 x 800cc Hyp/Neo can. lol.

What does this mean? Sorry, bit of a greenhorn.

Also gonna throw a 30hp outboard on it. That should be whippy enough eh?
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Old 17 December 2013, 17:43   #14
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We go through 6 x 800cc PVC cans per 1 x 800cc Hyp/Neo can. lol.

What does this mean? Sorry, bit of a greenhorn.

Also gonna throw a 30hp outboard on it. That should be whippy enough eh?
We go through 4.8 liters of PVC adhesive per 0.8 liters of hypalon/neoprene adhesive. Just to give you an idea of how rare hypalon boats are in my area!

30 hp should be good.
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Old 24 January 2014, 21:48   #15
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Leaking keel

I have quite a big airleak in the keel. I havn't taken the floor out yet to check if its repairable but if it isn't I've heard that pool noodles suffice. True or false?
I would consider getting a new one but I cant find any.
Also theres a few pin holes in the hull. Whats a good way to repair? The previous owner used Selleys all fix which obviously isnt the right product.
The tubes are fine they hold air for a couple of weeks.
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I have quite a big airleak in the keel. I havn't taken the floor out yet to check if its repairable but if it isn't I've heard that pool noodles suffice. True or false?
I would consider getting a new one but I cant find any.
Also theres a few pin holes in the hull. Whats a good way to repair? The previous owner used Selleys all fix which obviously isnt the right product.
The tubes are fine they hold air for a couple of weeks.
TIA
Had to Google 'pool noodles' as I didn't have a clue what you were on about!

No, these won't work. Remove the floor of the Zodiac. The inflatable keel normally fails at the fold section near the transom. It's quite difficult to patch on the fold, but take a look. The inflatable keel pressure is 220 millibar and that's what gives the boat rigidity once the floor section is in place, side stringers locked in, etc.

In addition check the valve. It could be losing air here too. The cap rubber insert and rubber diaphragm are replaceable. You can lube with a little Duckhams yellow grease so they don't dry out. The GR has inter-communicating valves, but the keel is more likely a standard alloy Derlin valve. So something like this.
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