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Old 05 May 2014, 16:46   #1
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Hi Everyone

I've just bought a SIB (think that's what I have, inflatable keel with alloy floor) it's an old boat, maybe even a classic ? 1983 zodiac m2 C GT in really good condition, seams seem ok. Has the original 25hp outboard it was sold with along with lots of other accessories like the controls etc. I've given it a quick blast in the sea a couple of times now and am very pleased. Hopefully I'll be able to make some of the cruises, seen you have a meet up on the Medway.

Thought I'd say hello/introduce myself, sure I'll be posting some questions soon !
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Old 05 May 2014, 19:07   #2
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Old 06 May 2014, 10:44   #3
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Welcome to RIB.net
I have a similar boat albeit a little newer which is not necessarily a good thing.
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Old 06 May 2014, 12:40   #4
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I have a similar boat albeit a little newer which is not necessarily a good thing.
Must confess to being a little nervous with regards to the age of mine (had a few classic cars in the past so know that age can be as bad as use). It seems ok though.

There is a small area where the floor attaches to the transom that may need looking at.

I'm also struggling with the steering system, haven't used it with this yet, starting to wonder if its the correct kit for the boat. Seems like there is just a little too much cable, not a lot. I've noticed that the engine turns quite a bit one way but not very much the other, this may just be needing to tweak things a bit. Guess that's the 'fun' in buying from ebay, the head scratching after !
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Must confess to being a little nervous with regards to the age of mine (had a few classic cars in the past so know that age can be as bad as use). It seems ok though.

There is a small area where the floor attaches to the transom that may need looking at.
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If it's Hypalon, it's quite easy to fix. PVC, not so easy but still do-able.
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I'm also struggling with the steering system, haven't used it with this yet, starting to wonder if its the correct kit for the boat. Seems like there is just a little too much cable, not a lot. I've noticed that the engine turns quite a bit one way but not very much the other, this may just be needing to tweak things a bit. Guess that's the 'fun' in buying from ebay, the head scratching after !
Does the steering cable pass through the outboard tilt tube? Post a pic of the setup- it should be a fairly easy fix.
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Old 06 May 2014, 13:20   #6
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If it's Hypalon, it's quite easy to fix. PVC, not so easy but still do-able.

Does the steering cable pass through the outboard tilt tube? Post a pic of the setup- it should be a fairly easy fix.
here the bit at the rear, where the floor meets the transom
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Old 06 May 2014, 13:25   #7
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Think that's uploaded this time

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Old 06 May 2014, 13:31   #8
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Looks in really nice condition, its an expensive steering set up for a sib of that year, they do always turn better one way. Are you sure thats hypalon ?
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Old 06 May 2014, 14:00   #9
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Looks in really nice condition, its an expensive steering set up for a sib of that year, they do always turn better one way. Are you sure thats hypalon ?
That makes sense as it does seem to turn both ways just much further one way than the other.

It looks in really good condition to me too (not that I know anything about boats) and came with all the original gear so have the yellow seats, screen etc.

Pretty sure, the guy that sold it seem very sure too (he seems to know a bit and I noticed he's been buying and selling boats and bits on ebay). I also have looked it up and zodiacs of this year seem to be Hypalon. There is also a thread where someone is rebuilding the same boat, he tested his and it was. Hope so as I'd be looking to make any repairs needed myself (looking to give the ribbing a go on a shoe string budget !).
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Old 06 May 2014, 14:03   #10
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and whats everyone else's thoughts on the lose bit by the auto bailer ?

it's lifted away from the transom a bit, not sure whether to just leave it be (see if it gets worse)

Do my best to get some glue there ?

Or pull it back and re-glue ?
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