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Old 13 May 2014, 00:04   #1
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2003 Zodiak Cadet FR310, hypalon or PVC

I am getting a registration plate for my raft through boatnumberplate.com and they are asking if my boat is PVC or hypalon. It looks like hypalon but I cannot verify. Does anyone know for sure? The specific boat model is Z11403.
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Old 13 May 2014, 04:39   #2
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I think your Fastroller will be PVC, mine was. But here's a link to help you do some checks.


http://www.ribstore.co.uk/cms-assets...hy-fabric-hypa
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99.9% sure it will be PVC, just remove a valve and look inside the tube to see the material on the other side.
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The 2003 Zodiac Fastroller was a PVC boat. Just checked the part(serie) number against the Zodiac nomenclature for that year.
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PVC "Strongan"

I also got this detailed info from Ed at Bridgeyachts.com

Hi JonYour Zodiac is PVC
PVC is superior to Hypalon for this series as PVC can be "Thermobonded" (welded) which gives stronger seams to allow for the higher floor pressure.
Hypalon can only be hand glued which has its limitations.
Hypalon does have have better Ultra Violet resistance over a long period.
We recommend a product called "303 Protectant" to give long life to PVC boats.
PVC is a generic term. The PVC that Zodiac uses called "Strongan" is specially formulated for the application.
Hope this helps.
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Anytime.
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If the seams on the tubes have one join (sort of an overlap) then it's Hypalon if they have two seams (as if it has some tape joining two pieces together) then it's pvc.
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Sorry, that sib is made out of Strongan fabric, a fancy French name for PVC. Have always wondered why Zodiac doesn't like using the term pvc ? French issues.

Very old Zodiacs used to be Hypalon, not on newer models though, much less on small to mid size sibs.

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