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Old 15 May 2018, 19:52   #1
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I recently purchased this unit and I'm having a hard time decoding the info on the name plate any help would be awesome, I have a small leak/hole in the floor where water comes in at idle speed. I'm have trouble finding out what material I have
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Old 16 May 2018, 01:33   #2
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Well the data plate gives you pretty well all the basic details. So it's a Mark.1 GT from the mid 80s. I always likes that colour combo, I had a 1970s Mk.1 which was plain grey and all Hypalon. I suspect yours will be PVC but there's a guiy who posts here as office888 who will know for sure if he sees this.

Are you sure the leak isn't just one of the drain bungs?

The only thing I'd check carefully assuming it's PVC are the glued floor and transom seams... at this age they could be weak.

I really like the Mercury OBs of that age... easy to work on and usually very reliable.
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Old 16 May 2018, 01:47   #3
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Awesome, I appreciate the info.....I have it in the water right now(on a hoist) I looked over the seems really well before I put it in, not even the slightest peel starting, but I very well could've missed something, if it is just a hole in the floor do you know if that's the same material as tubes/seams?.....I don't know how especially for 30+yrs old but the thing looks brand new.....must of been stored just right.... I really appreciate the info, I know little and am trying to read up as much as possible, I am gonna pull it out this weekend and look it over good, thanks again!!!
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Old 16 May 2018, 01:59   #4
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If office888 doesn't see this thread you could search him and direct message to be 100% sure of the material. As the leisure Zodiacs got to the 2000s the construction was all PVC unless you upgraded to Hypalon...but I just have this feeling Office888 has said around the age of yours some had a mix of PVC and Hypalon.
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Old 16 May 2018, 02:22   #5
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Sand a small inconspicuous spot gently - if Hypalon then it will usually show a little dust/texture (PVC will just mark) or if you have some Acetone (or mail polish remover) then rub a little and PVC goes a little sticky.
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Old 16 May 2018, 11:43   #6
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Thanks for the help guys!!!������
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Old 16 May 2018, 14:23   #7
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Shogan look up poly marine they have a section telling you how to tell between the two as Max says you can scratch hypalon with your nail
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If you can remove a valve and see the inside side of the tube and it's the same colour as the outside it's almost sure to be PVC if it's black or a darker grey than the outside it's HYPERLON, that method has always worked for me in the past as well as. . . wipe a small area with PVC glue primer (MEK) and if it becomes tacky it's PVC, last option put a drop of PVC glue on the tube if it bonds to it its PVC if not its HYPERLON or viceversa with HYPERLON glue.
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I appreciate all of you for replying!!!! I was of the grid the last few days and wasn't able to look through the responses ........thanks for the advice!!!
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