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Old 01 June 2012, 08:39   #1
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Aussie yacht visiting UK asking for advice with our tender

Greetings,

Hoping the forum doesnít go quiet with everyone staring at the yachtie wandering in, but when you need some advice, go to the experts.

My wife and I are half way through our circumnavigation from Australia in our yacht, using a Zodiac CFR 310 as a tender.

Itís done sterling service over the last 5 years Ė albeit with a pretty pattern of patches now on the tubes from coral nicks. But sadly the H2P inflatable floor hasnít done so well.

Weíve had an ongoing annoying little air leak from the seam of the flap that attaches the floor to the transom, which despite valiant efforts Iíve never quite managed to stop. However, we could live with pumping the floor up every day.

But now the floor has developed brown patches where the material has become very brittle, is cracking and developing pin-hole leaks. And theyíre big areas so sadly I guess the floor is cactus.

Have looked into getting a replacement floor but the £650+ Iíve been quoted is way out of our budget!

Have tried google with no luck, so my question is whether there are any places anyone can recommend where I might be able to pick up a 2nd hand floor?

Or any other suggestions?

Many thanks
Peter
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Old 01 June 2012, 09:40   #2
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Greetings,

Hoping the forum doesnít go quiet with everyone staring at the yachtie wandering in, but when you need some advice, go to the experts.

My wife and I are half way through our circumnavigation from Australia in our yacht, using a Zodiac CFR 310 as a tender.

Itís done sterling service over the last 5 years Ė albeit with a pretty pattern of patches now on the tubes from coral nicks. But sadly the H2P inflatable floor hasnít done so well.

Weíve had an ongoing annoying little air leak from the seam of the flap that attaches the floor to the transom, which despite valiant efforts Iíve never quite managed to stop. However, we could live with pumping the floor up every day.

But now the floor has developed brown patches where the material has become very brittle, is cracking and developing pin-hole leaks. And theyíre big areas so sadly I guess the floor is cactus.

Have looked into getting a replacement floor but the £650+ Iíve been quoted is way out of our budget!

Have tried google with no luck, so my question is whether there are any places anyone can recommend where I might be able to pick up a 2nd hand floor?

Or any other suggestions?

Many thanks
Peter
Did you drop by Almeria-Spain a month ago?
I remember seeing an aussie yatch moored in my cove, Aguamarga-Cabo de Gata. Not so usual to see aussies there!

Good luck!
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Old 01 June 2012, 10:21   #3
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As you have found a new air floor from a dealer is expensive and they are rare to find used. I've seen used ones make £150-£200 and given there is no guarantee of their age/condition I'm not sure I'd take that option.

What about a new budget inflatable which you might get cheaper than a new floor? Do you need an air floor as a hard floor model wil be cheaper new?

Also could you get someone in the Ipswich area to make up a one piece hard floor for your old inflatable?

Have you spoken to Seamark Nunn who are close to you. They deal in Zodiac as well as cheaper makes and sometimes have used models. They have been helpful with me in the past and may have some ideas if they know your situation. 01394 451000
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Wecome to RIBnet Peter!

That a good idea from Fenlander if you don't have to keep deflating the SIB for storage on board. Fitting a hard floor to the SIB shouldn't be too difficult if you use the inflatable floor as a template. You'll have to make it a snug fit that will involve cutting the floor widthways and using some kind of tongue-in-groove fitment to compress everything. best to find someone local that either has a SIB with solid floor so that you can see how it fits together of someone that will do the work for you.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Just seen this it a quicksilver one, look at the bottom of the page.

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Any good?
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Hi I would look at getting something second hand as most of the ones for sail will have less use in 5 years than you use in a month or too!

Something like this will last a good few more years
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