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Old 05 October 2009, 17:46   #21
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Adam,



Even has that weird (to me) triangle of hypalon that comes forward from the nearside top of the transom.

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you dont seem to sea the[ splash quarters or triangles nowadays]as some used to call them they were supposed to cut down spray or getting a following wave into the boat .quite a few makes of boats had them at one time.,,they were ok until the brass press /stud corroded and then they came loose.,,mart
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I saw that Zodiac on ebay, it started at 500 including outboard. I think it is identical to ours. The spray gaurds appear to be moveable, as they are shown pointing to both bow and stern. That boat is 14ft long and rated for 55hp. David, are the stringers you were talking about made from softwood? Do they have a profile? Prairie Tuber there is some poor quality but toppa footage on youtube of the Grand Raid Zodiacs.

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Old 06 October 2009, 13:05   #23
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Adam,

The stringers are made of a light coloured hard(ish)wood... perhaps not as hard as the dark woods like mahogany but far far harder than the sort of planed timber found in B & Q! Actually similar wood to oars I guess.

Yes they have a very precise cross section so they can be "rolled" into position and then hold the boards locked together.

They are in a seperate bag to the main inflatable one so it will be no trouble to get them out and photograph tomorrow in the daylight.

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There is a good chance the stringers are made of mahogany or purpleheart.
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David, I will find out if the stringers are there at the weekend, if not that would be much appreciated.
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I should clarify that Fernlander's stringers are probably made of mahogany or purpleheart (or possibly oak).

Adam, the stringers for your ebay boat are most likely aluminum. If they are not included with your boat, your local zodiac dealer should be able to order a pair if he knows the model & year. A pair would probably cost somewhere around 50 - 70 British Pounds (sorry my keyboard does not have that cool swooshy 'L' symbol).
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Cheers Prairie Tuber. The first thing I'll do when I get the boat is check out the transom plate and post the details up on here. I'm amazed that zodiac still stock parts for a boat that could be 30 years old!
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More than likely, the local dealer will not have them in stock, but he should be able to get them from the headquarters in France.
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OK Adam I had a few minutes yesterday so here are the floor images. No worries if you find you have the stringers because it might help someone else searching in the future. You'll soon know if yours should have been wood because , as you can see in my images, there are lengths of the same section glued to the end boards.

Here is an overall view of all the floor sections with one stringer on and one off.



A close up with the stringer fitted.



Similar with stringer off.



And a close up of the stringer section.



With respect to Prairie Tuber I'd say mine are not the woods he mentioned as there is no redness to them. I'd go for birch, white, oak, ash, maple or similar.

If you did need them be very interesting to hear if Zodiac can still supply and how much. If I needed some I'd go to my local woodwork workshop where they have router machines that can make any shape. From work the guy has done for me on other projects I'd expect to pay about 40 for a pair including him supplying a suitable wood. Taking in one of the existing boards with the glued on section would give hime something to copy.

By the way some folks say these stringers are hard to fit... but it's just doing it the right way that's needed. The boat needs to have air in it enough to about 50%-90% fill the tubes but with no pressure. Then importantly you need to put the oars or something similar under the boat lengthways about 6" in from where the edge of the floorboards are so they are supported as you fit the stringers. Do this and the stringers will just push and roll into position 10secs a side.

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Hi all. I collected the Zodiac on Sunday finally! It looks to be in very good condition and the stringers are present (Aluminium). The worst part of the boat is probably the floor boards which aren't terrible but may be in need of replacement in the future. David is that the correct configuration for the boards as shown in your photo and do the boards lie across the bow board? I have taken the details from the transom plate and the model No is 2259. The number underneath reads XDC37174 M78D. Does anyone know from this what year and therefore material the boat is? Thanks in advance for all the help, pics to follow soon!

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