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Old 03 January 2016, 17:42   #11
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Ok to throw another wrench in the works I just talked to a guy that has a 5 meter chinook sib for sale. 300 with a trailer. These things worth it at all? I know the company no longer is around but I thought I remembered good things about them. Tubes seem a bit weathered and I guess the floor was just replaced last year. One small leak that he thinks is the valve.

I like the idea of having a trailer and also that it's a bit cheaper. Any idea on how these hold up?
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You get what you pay for. 300 with the trailer! Stick withe the GR. Regards having it inflated, that's actually better. As hopefully you won't have storage creases on the hypalon. Hopefully it's been stored in a mice free barn!
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Ok so he just told me that he fixed the transom by sandwiching it with ply. I am guessing this is not the best thing in the world and that pretty soon it will need to be completely replaced. I live on a very dangerous extremely tidal river can be perfectly calm or very fast flowing can't have something fall apart on me. Have you guys had experience replacing these?
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Ok so he just told me that he fixed the transom by sandwiching it with ply. I am guessing this is not the best thing in the world and that pretty soon it will need to be completely replaced. I live on a very dangerous extremely tidal river can be perfectly calm or very fast flowing can't have something fall apart on me. Have you guys had experience replacing these?
I would not purchase a boat with questionable transom repairs.
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Hey so I know the Zodiac is a better choice if in good condition but this chinook who used to make pretty high quality hypalon boats seems like a decent deal for the price. It seems to have a pretty good transom where as the zodiacs was already toast. Zodiac was out on a mooring for a long time. Anyway condition wise what do you think of the look of this? Seems older and used but in serviceable condition. I don't mind treating the tubes and patching here and there just don't wanna redo the whole transom. It's 300 compared to 500z

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That boat is very worn. I would clean the topside in a few spots to inspect the material to see 1.) if it cleans up and 2.) look for UV degradation. If the material is rough and scaly like a fish/alligator/snake, then the material is starting to break down...the boat would be junk.

If you buy it, no matter what, it needs about 5-10 hours of work with cleaning / gluing to make it look seaworthy it seems. Inspect the lower part of the transom for softness too, especially around corners, screws, and drains.
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There is little to no sun in the country. One year outside is probably equivalent to a year or two in California or Florida. Ya just can't get sunburnt even if ya tried. So little uv damage. Thanks for the advice. I don't mind the work at all!! It's therapeutic for me..
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There is little to no sun in the country. One year outside is probably equivalent to a year or two in California or Florida. Ya just can't get sunburnt even if ya tried. So little uv damage. Thanks for the advice. I don't mind the work at all!! It's therapeutic for me..
I used to live in Michigan which sees the same solar exposure as Ireland in terms of UV radiation.

I saw plenty of junk boats that were degraded completely after 10-15 years of outside storage / usage.
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