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Old 28 September 2015, 15:21   #1
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Quicksilver 380HD help.

Hello guys and gals, first post on this here forum. I am a newbie to the forum, but not to the world of boating. I have been reading info on here for a little while, lurking in the wings, but now, after much searching, and to no avail, need to see if any one of you knowledgeable people have the answer that I cannot find....!?!?!?!

Been on or in the water most of my life, should have been a fish. In 2008, I bought a Quicksilver 380HD, with a Mercury 25hp 2/s. Absolutely loved it. Amazing bit of kit.
But SWMBO, said we needed something with a bit more comfort, and more importantly, some seats to sit on, for the our 3 children. So, I regrettably sold it, and bought a 23' Fletcher, with a 200hp V6 Yamaha.....! Good god almighty, that thing leapt out of the hole, like the proverbial off a very slippery stick...

That did not last long, as it was just too costly, and we started using it less and less. So that got sold again,and for a while, I was reduced to just kayaking and paddle boarding on the surface......! All the while, I really regretted selling the quicksilver.

The other day, I was in the right place at the VERY right time, and managed to bag myself another QS 380HD.
I have a 10hp Mariner 2/s, so this will push it along lovely for now.

Now to my query, after that longer than expected story...!
Is my QS 380HD, pvc or hypalon??? I have searched and searched, but cannot find a definitive answer. I have both serial numbers from both boats, but that does not come up with anything. Some say about the logo between the strake and above it, but that is conflicting, some have mentioned about the floor being ali or ply, again, conflicting....!

Please help, and thanks for getting this far without falling asleep...
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Old 28 September 2015, 15:44   #2
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Hi and welcome

It is pvc not hypalon, always liked them nearly bought one new with a 25 hp yam back in 2006 but ended up with my Airotec in the end
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It is pvc not hypalon, always liked them nearly bought one new with a 25 hp yam back in 2006 but ended up with my Airotec in the end
Hi Nick, can I ask why you think it is pvc, as they make both??


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Hi psycho..I also agree with Nick..and I have the 4.3m HD Quicksilver which is Duratex.(PVC) I also have the brochure advertising the boats (year 2005) Clearly states two versions of 380 and 430 are available ..the HD version and the XS version which has the ali floor while the other has the ply floor. No mention of Hypalon available..except for the smaller airfloors and those were designated as XD which indicated Hypalon. Brochure also says all XD models have ali seats. All Duralex models have marine ply seats. Hope that helps
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How old is it then?
When I was looking the Aly floor was still pvc, dose it have a textured finish or flat smove? Got a close up photo of it?
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Hi psycho..I also agree with Nick..and I have the 4.3m HD Quicksilver which is Duratex.(PVC) I also have the brochure advertising the boats (year 2005) Clearly states two versions of 380 and 430 are available ..the HD version and the XS version which has the ali floor while the other has the ply floor. No mention of Hypalon available..except for the smaller airfloors and those were designated as XD which indicated Hypalon. Brochure also says all XD models have ali seats. All Duralex models have marine ply seats. Hope that helps
Hello mate. I hear what you are saying, however, this is where the doubt lies in my mind. Because I have been searching on the dam interweb, I have now got information overload, and most of it conflicting.

Please have a look at this manual for the Q/S 380 & 430 models, and it states, on pages 16 & 17, that there is both materials used...!

https://mercurymarine-gsdesign1.netd...ers_manual.pdf

My first 380, had a wooden floor, with the logo above the rubbing strake, the one I have now, has an ali floor, with the logo in the middle of the strake.

Both of my boats had/have wooden seats.
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How old is it then?
When I was looking the Aly floor was still pvc, dose it have a textured finish or flat smove? Got a close up photo of it?
That is another problem that I cannot find an answer to..!

There is no info on how to date them.
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Hi again ..Can you see if there is a part number on the plate ?

I can only go by the UK Barrus brochure I have in front of me.. Its the 2006 brochure now I checked its date. Thats when mine was bought. Attached is a scan from the brochure showing HD range is Duratex ... while XD range is hypalon.

Brochure also states ...

All Duratex HD models feature marine ply seats
All Hypalon XD models feature aluminium seats

Also according to my brochure 380HD is part number AA380017N while 380XS which is the ali composite floor version is part no AA380019N.

No mention of a Hypalon version of these types although your American site shows there are ? Perhaps things change over the years though.

Try phoning Barrus..they might be able to help you better. Tel 01869 363636


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Thank you for taking the time to reply

My first 380, the serial was AA380017N, same as you speak of.

The 380 I have now, the number is AA380056N.

No google search that I have tried, has supplied any answers
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