Originally Posted by SixtyNorth
I have been offered what appears to be an original Zodiac GR MK3 from the early 1970s. No patches, no leaks. Apparently it has had very little use and has been stored properly indoors, partly inflated.
Given the age of the boat, does anyone have any idea if there would be much life left in the boat without a major restoration?
What is the expected lifespan of Hypalon and the glue Zodiac used in the early 70's?
Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.
All of the seams will be weak... I would not use it for offshore activities or in bad weather. But, it should still be very usable as a boat?
More than likely, if you tried to unglue a seam, the material would delaminate rather than the bonding ungluing (delamination = hypalon/neoprene coating torn from the supporting cloth).
I would happily use the boat for inshore, river, or near-coastal activities.
Also, keep in mind, the transom is not rated for a 4 stroke outboard. It was designed for a lightweight 2-stroke outboard.