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Old 02 July 2019, 07:52   #1
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leak between the tubes

Hi, I have tried to search, but "leak" brings up a lot of results on this site which aren't this problem!

I have an old zodiac which I brought cheap. It leaks around the transom. From what I can tell you are pi**ing into the wind trying to seal this, so the transom would need to come off and be stuck back on. I can find quite a lot of info on this little problem - it seems to be 100 or so to pay someone, or a DIY job for the brave.

I have a second issue that I have found. When I pump up the tube on one side, the other side inflates. So the bulkhead between the two tubes must have separated. Well....I assume it must be a bulkhead, I don't even understand exactly how its constructed. Can this be repaired?

I am starting to think that I need to throw it in the bin!

I forgot to add, the tubes hold air ok, for at least a couple of weeks. My concern is that the boat is considerably less safe with effectively only 1 tube. If I get 1 puncture, the whole boat goes flat!
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Old 02 July 2019, 08:04   #2
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Most small SIBs have 3 compartments, this example has got damaged "baffles" and is now as you say, a single tube. I suspect baffle repair on this boat is not viable. Add in the transom (water?) leak and I'd say the bin is the way to go!

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Old 02 July 2019, 09:04   #3
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Yep time to move on. If you haven't bought another OB after the dodgy one was taken back how about this for a bargain to get you on the water. Both a bit old school but rugged...

https://www.gumtree.com/p/boats-kaya...le-/1344712809
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Old 02 July 2019, 09:17   #4
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Looks cool.

I've got both a new outboard and a new boat.... The chronology goes :

Purchase cheap 175 zodiac

Purchase 9.9 2 stroke for zodiac

Realise that zodiac was in a worse condition than I thought (leak between tubes, potentially dodgy transom)

Now I have an outboard, tank, life jackets etc decide to buy a better boat.

But Yam 3.1 Ali floor 2016 model, up for sale locally. Good condition, no need for messing around.

Realise that 9.9hp engine is a bit of a dud.

Don't fancy getting stranded at sea with any second hand engine of questionable heritage

Buy new Yamaha outboard.

Boat ownership has been very expensive.
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Old 02 July 2019, 09:31   #5
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Oh that's good... massive fast upgrade. What model Yamaha did you go for?
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Old 02 July 2019, 09:37   #6
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I have ended up with a 15hp 4 stroke. Very heavy, but within the weight and power rating of the boat. There was an offer on, the 15hp was only 150 more than the 9.9hp. I didn't want to be thinking "what if" so I went for the big boy. It is a pain in the arse to move, good motivation at the gym!
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Oh that's some upgrade after the old Evinrude. As you say heavy but the build quality is there.

Do post with some pics when you've got the new combo on the water.
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Old 02 July 2019, 11:46   #8
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great story - many of us will have experienced similar chains of events!
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I'm taking the new boat and engine combo back to cornwall in a couple of weeks. I will remember to take some photos this time.

I still don't know what to do with this zodiac. It seems like a bit of a waste to throw it in the bin. I have a bit of 2 part glue left. At least if I totally trash it, I wont feel so bad scrapping it off.
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