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Old 03 March 2012, 12:20   #11
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That's what's happened to my zodiac, when you pump it up the front and one of the sides go up together, you can hear the air whistling between the two tubes, it states quite clearly in the manual to do each tube to 50% and then finish them off.

First is air floor and then main tubes. It will only make a difference if it deflates in the water, but I guess its a smallish leak so should give me just enough time to abandon ship

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Old 10 March 2012, 04:37   #12
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What order would everyone recommend blowing up the tubes/hull/air floor?

I saw a video on YouTube that showed nose first, then sides, then hull, then air deck last. Last post sounds like the other way round.
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Old 10 March 2012, 16:29   #13
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I'm pretty certain that's what the zodiac manual said, airfloor first then 50% in each then top up, one of the baffles has gone in mine and you can hear a distinct "leak" as the air moves between the two tubes bit once at 100% it stops and is quiet again.

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On my FC-470 I can open all valves to the (intercommunicating) inflation position and then pump to capacity which is 240 mbars or 3.4psi.

I am friends with the South Eastern US Regional Manager for Zodiac Mil-Pro and he told me these things are built so well that I could inflate it up to 14psi and the seams still wouldn't separate but that the over pressure valves would expel all excess buildup. Very impressive. Nice to know the FC class of their inflatables are made to such rigorous standards.
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Old 07 April 2012, 05:45   #15
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Guys,
I use F470 for work in the Marines. We use either a "spider" system with compressed air and keep it going until the pressure release valves operate, or we use a more high tech solution when we cant get our bottles recharged by the lazy Matelots..... an old Henry hoover set to reverse!! Amazingly, it works a treat although we can't get it to blow the relesae valves it does get adequately inflated. If you get the correct pressure, you'll know about it because it becomes a fantastic handling craft on the water.
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Very cool. I plan on getting the rapid inflation system for mine in the near future as well. Without a doubt correct pressure/inflation is of the utmost for proper handling. Mine performs remarkably -> now that it's properly inflated.

I'm curious; with yours do you use the roll-up or hard deck flooring system? Or have you used both? I'd like to hear a comparison between the two.
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Hi Mate,
We use the roll up deck because we have to roll them quite often for caching or lobbing out the back of Chinnooks. Very little difference in handling since there's a trade off on weight however the hard deck copes better in big surf since it helps us power through the waves although there's another trade off in as much that the roll up deck flexes more when you're going with the surf.We stick to the roll up.
Additionally, the hard deck floor is a major pain in the arse to set up!!!!
A big point of contention for us is dragging them about and I've tried turning the MOD on to the joys of transom wheels to no avail. Dragging one of these babies about with 4 fuel bladders, a 50 Tohatsu, all our kit plus boat spares between 2 guys is no joke.
We all have knackered backs and knees. The annoying part is that the transom has the pre-placed holes already for the wheels!!!!
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I appreciate the response Bighag7, I'm actually quite surprised they expect just two men to carry one of a fully loaded F470 by themselves. 6 men would make light work of it. Anyways, thanks for the good description of the different types of response experienced between the two floor systems in different conditions. Good luck out there and be well.
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