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Old 23 January 2011, 23:49   #1
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Replacing the floor

I recently purchased this Zodiac Grand Raid MKIII and i need to completely replace the deck. Ive never done this before and dont want to screw it up. It seems quite simple enough but im sure there are important things to know.

DO I PROTECT THE BOAT FROM THE WOOD ON THE EDGES? WITH WHAT?
CAN I COVER THE WHOLE BOTTOM OF THE BOAT TO THE HULL?
DOES IT NEED A JOINT OR A FLEX POINT?


Im sure these will sound ridiculous to most but im a noob and looking forward to working on it and putting her back in the water where she belongs. Any comments will help. Thanks!
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Old 24 January 2011, 06:23   #2
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i'm posting incase you're lonely , seriously, just change like for like, if you've got the old floor that is, you should use marine ply and treat it, clear wax flowcoat is what i would use, you could cover the edges with hypalon tube material to stop splinters, that's about it
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Old 24 January 2011, 21:47   #3
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i would copy if the deck was there! theres only 2 pieces and they arent inserted right. it seems simple enough but i dont want to assume anything. ive been researching as much as possible so i have some good ideas. im always willing to absorb new information
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Old 25 January 2011, 04:04   #4
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forgive me for being blunt, look at www.allinflatables.com.
i typed in zodiac inflatable floor and it came up with everything you need to know.
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Old 25 January 2011, 07:49   #5
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grand raid

Are you going to do any work to the transom? From the photos it does not look to be in great shape. Before working on the floor, you might want to tackle that project. If the transom is no good and breaks and bends it can put undo stress on other areas of the boat.

Just a suggestion. Good luck with the project.
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Old 25 January 2011, 08:56   #6
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Biffer-no problem for being blunt! I've been to that site but I honestly didn't look around because at first glance it wasn't very appealing, I will give it another try thank you. As for the transom...it doesn't look good but it's still structurally sound it just looks bad. It needs to be cleaned up really good and the seams need to be re-glued. Its also losing air slowly and evenly so I'm really hoping it's the valves, holes or seam leaks, those would be the cheapest to fix. I haven't got a chance to work on it yet but I will absolutely be updating my progress with pics. Thanks everyone for your advice and help, it is well recieved
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Well...it's Friday, I'm about to start working on my sib when I get it home this weekend. First I find the leaks (hopefully), and then the deck repair. I will be posting pictures if my progress. I'll say it again, I'm open to suggestions and criticism because I'm a newbie!
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