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Old 29 October 2012, 07:54   #1
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New (to me) Classic Mk 2 HD

Hello guys/gals;

So yah, I was in the market for an inflatable raft to use here in Colorado... holy hell it was difficult to find a 14' SIB for sale ANYWHERE, much less here in CO but I got lucky and didn't have to make a cross country trip...only 50 miles.

AAAnway, this is basically my first personal boat (used a few Zodiacs in the Army) and I think it will work out well. My goal was to purchase a boat that I could roll up and put in the back of my truck, throw the the engine in and away I go to fish lakes/cruise up and down creeks and rivers.
Boat is an '04 Mark 2 Classic HD, engine is an '04 Honda 20hp 4 stroke. Got them both for $2950, which I thought was a pretty good deal. I can't believe how expensive the FC530s are... but you get what you pay for and this one should work fine for what I need it for.


Engine fired right up, boat could use a bit of elbow grease to clean up but it doesn't have any chalking on the surface, very little rub marks and no patches. Overall I'd give it about 95%. Plus, the guy threw in the chairs, console, radio, etc. I digress

Any special tips on how to store these things and how to fold them up properly?? Never folded one up when I was in the Army, believe it or not.
Didn't come with bags for the floor/boat...need to pick those up from Zodiac, I guess.

Any tips and advice are greatly appreciated!!
This site is great... you guys have some seriously bad-a$$ boats!!!
Thanks

Before purchase


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Old 29 October 2012, 11:33   #2
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hi there, i know that for tenders you re receiving a bag, well receiving or could buy it optionnally. so maybe no bags and i will advise you too let the tubes inflated if you re not using it for months.
boat and engine look good, enjoy you new toy.
to clean it, there are some special shampoo on the market, or you can also use a eco green shampooo. once a year you could feed the tube with paraffin and put off the alu floor. hope it helps
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Old 29 October 2012, 12:17   #3
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If plenty of room is available, better keep that beast inflated on top trailer and engine sitting vertical on a proper engine stand. That way will be like the Boys Scouts, "Always Ready"

It's near missin impossible to fold any sib as factory delivered as are vacuumed and then folded to fit nicely inside their carrying bags.

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Old 29 October 2012, 22:45   #4
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Cool, thanks for the info guys
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Old 01 November 2012, 23:27   #5
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You might check your local hockey equipment store for a goalie bag or 2. Should fit in one, and the floor in another maybe smaller one.
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Old 02 November 2012, 12:23   #6
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You have a great boat, my first one was this exact model and it was sturdy and gave me many years of happy time. 2950$ for the whole package was a good deal, and the good thing about being a Zodiac is that in 3-5 years when you'll want a bigger boat you'll sell it pretty much the price you just paid.

Like it was said before if you have enough space you should store it inflated with an angle so if there is water left in the boat or it gets wet it'll drain by itself. I also suggest to store they outboard in upright position to avoid any oil spill and that all the engine component soaks correctly in oil.

If you want to roll it, it is not a problem at all and it doesn't damage the boat in anyway. Before rolling the boat, you have to be extra sure that it is extra extra dry, otherwise you'll have nasty and smelly mold growing inside the boat. Also, once it is rolled make sure that you store it out of the reach of any vermin like mices, rats, racoons porkupine etc....Those little bastards have a taste for Zodiac fabrics and make a brand new Zodiac only good for the dumpster.

The best way to roll it is to vaccuum the air out of each sections. You want to start rolling from the transom but before rolling, flip the tube side the boat and flip also the cones on the transom so the total width of the boat does not exceed too much the width of the transom. At the finish, flip the bow section backward so when you finish rolling the transom is on top of the bow.

One little advise also is to remove the plugs of the valves (or protect with styrofoam) because when you roll the boat and put some weight on it you might break one.

Don't store it with weight on top (like the floor for example), I've seen boats that were stored with bricks on it and it bended so bad the fabric that it cracked. Once it is rolled, strap it just to keep it from unrolling but that's it.

For cleaning you might want to go to your marine store. Try to get the original Zodiac Revival paste, it is great stuff, expensive but great. But before using the Revival paste, clean the boat with a hand soap with pumice (like fast orange). The abrasive stuff in it will remove the dirt stuck inside the fabric but won't affect the tube. Final cleaning with Revival paste will give it a good shine.

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Old 02 November 2012, 22:35   #7
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Good info!!

SO yah, I as looking at a Bravo BST pump to us for deflating; evidently they seem to be the one to use based on some stuff I've read. I'll look into the Zodiac paste!
Purchased some Amazon Inflatable boat cleaner, but it seems that something with some porous material in it would work better for removing stains and dirt.

As far as the engine goes, I'm definitely going to build a stand and keep it upright as much as possible, I'm sure the outboard wasn't designed to be kept on its side for long.

Appreciate the tips, gentlemen.

Mike
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You can keep 2 stroke engines lying by it's sides indefinitely, just burn all fuel leftovers inside carb to avoid fuel spills. With 4 strokes will experiment oil spills on floor and unwanted inside engine issues. For maintenance, oil changes and flushing, an engine stand is the way to go. You could add small side wheels to stand for easy stand/engine transportation.

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Hi all, I was told not to lay the engine on it's side. Reason being that water left inside the leg could creep up the exaust port and into the cylinders. A chance not worth taking.
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Hi all, I was told not to lay the engine on it's side. Reason being that water left inside the leg could creep up the exaust port and into the cylinders. A chance not worth taking.
If it's a 2 stroke, that's why you need to place engine momentarily vertical for short time before laying engine down to know all interior water has gone down through exhaust. Engines should be layed frontal with tiller in up right position, but during transport this position sometimes cannot be achieved so will need to be layed to it's side.

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