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Old 08 October 2011, 12:27   #11
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Typo on my part... The MkII is Hypalon and the C3 is PVC.
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Old 08 October 2011, 15:17   #12
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Where are you getting this information?
I got this information from the same vessel, while it was parked in the sun 10 years is in very good condition.
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Zodiac's strongan PVC is decent PVC fabric, but still is PVC nonetheless. A good PVC fabric might last longer than some of the cheap chinese 'hypalon' that is out there, but will have nowhere close to the life expectancy of proper hypalon such as that from Dupont, Pennell (Orca), Achilles etc...
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I did not say something different
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Zodiac's strongan PVC is decent PVC fabric, but still is PVC nonetheless. A good PVC fabric might last longer than some of the cheap chinese 'hypalon' that is out there, but will have nowhere close to the life expectancy of proper hypalon such as that from Dupont, Pennell (Orca), Achilles etc...
That is probably very well true. After owning an achilles and a dynous hypalon boat I greatly prefer my pvc C3. It's almost 20yrs old and in great shape! However, I don't think that's the original intent of this thread. I believe it was to determine what material his particular boat was made of.
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Old 20 January 2012, 22:04   #16
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sinner - pump it up, leave it out in the sun for 2 years. If it falls apart it is PVC. If it explodes it is hypalon without pressure release valves. The only time you have problems with quality hypalon is if the glue happened to come from a bad batch. The only reason Zodiac uses PVC is it costs 80% less than hypalon. 90% of their boats see very little use so warranty is not an issue. For the 10% having issues they simply repair until warranty expires. Even Wing was forced to go back to hypalon for their small inflatables. Too tough to field repair polyurethane.
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Is Wing still making the hypalon IB-530? I couldn't find it on the website (but found the pdf spec sheet through a google search).
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Sure Bill Wing will make you anything you want.
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sinner - pump it up, leave it out in the sun for 2 years. If it falls apart it is PVC. If it explodes it is hypalon without pressure release valves. The only time you have problems with quality hypalon is if the glue happened to come from a bad batch. The only reason Zodiac uses PVC is it costs 80% less than hypalon. 90% of their boats see very little use so warranty is not an issue. For the 10% having issues they simply repair until warranty expires. Even Wing was forced to go back to hypalon for their small inflatables. Too tough to field repair polyurethane.
Polyurethane is NOT PVC. Pvc is NOt hard to repair in the field. Anyone who pumps up an inflatable boat and leaves it out in the sun for two years is an idiot. A quality pvc inflatable, properly taken care of will last a life-time. People who say quality pvc boats are trash are speaking with ignorance.
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Thanks for all the replies I really do appreciate it, I eventually found out the boat is made of Hypalon and that it is a South African built Gemini, I have now repaired the leak, repaired the aluminium beam that supports the floor and made some major modifications to the trailer. I took the boat out a few weeks ago on the river trent and im very pleased with it, It seems pretty quick even with a 20hp mariner

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