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Old 29 January 2014, 14:46   #11
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I agree its either a Wetline or Waveline I have a Wetline 2.6 with a 3.5 twatsoo, great little tender but would be better with a bigger engine. I cut out some closed cell foam the size of the internal floor which makes things a lot easier for moving about over the wooden slats.
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Old 29 January 2014, 15:01   #12
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I wouldn't go on the river Dart with only 3 knots at WOT.The tide runs faster than that.
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Old 29 January 2014, 15:11   #13
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I also cut out a thin ply floor the other day, so i dont have to watch where i step. Are there any estuaries you would suggest as ok to get on the water down the southwest. I realise i havnt got a lot og go in the boat so have to be a bit careful. I went up and down the dart last year on a small passenger boat and it didnt seem that bad at the time.
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Old 29 January 2014, 17:57   #14
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TBH I would say most of the new Sibs sold in the UK originate from China. Quality is usually fine for what it is, you should get 10 years from new as long as its looked after.

I don't get the 10 years, there are loads 0f 30-40 year old hypalon Avon's that pop up on e-bay, and it took me 4 months to find a clean PVC Zodiac as old ones seem again to fetch good money? My assumption would be that many are used as occasional boats for leisure & stored most of the time, Mine is a 2005 & looks like new & I would hope to get more than another 5 years from it before it's had it's day.
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Old 29 January 2014, 18:02   #15
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I don't get the 10 years, there are loads 0f 30-40 year old hypalon Avon's that pop up on e-bay, and it took me 4 months to find a clean PVC Zodiac as old ones seem again to fetch good money? My assumption would be that many are used as occasional boats for leisure & stored most of the time, Mine is a 2005 & looks like new & I would hope to get more than another 5 years from it before it's had it's day.

The problem is the glue, it starts to fail at around 10 years on pretty much every PVC boat. They are fairly straightforward to repair, and the glue is relatively cheap but it takes quite a few hours to completely re-glue a boat.

Prior to the glue failing the boat can look like it just came out of the showroom, its not till the transom falls off that you realise you have a problem :-) In truth, you will notice little problems first, logo coming off, bits of trim getting a bit 'flappy' etc.

While it may be worth doing on a decent boat i.e. Bombard 380, Zodiac Futura etc IMHO its not worth the hassle on a boat that can be replaced with a new one for less than 300
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Old 30 January 2014, 05:10   #16
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Thats why i was enquiring about my boat, to. The honda was less than 6 months old when i bought it in december. The boat , while it had got a pinhole puncture looks almost new , and judging by the engine clamp marks cannot have had much use. I got it because i considered the seller , who spent out on a good engine, might also have not skimpted on the boat. I may be wrong, but i took a chance at 150. Small repair done it has stayed up for 3 weeks. Still interested in its make though not really important i suppose. Main thing now is to get some use out of it.
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Old 02 February 2014, 10:21   #17
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Thanks Landlockedpirate.
Pretty sure its a Seago tsr270 without the badge. In hindsight i ought to have got an airdeck. Do you think a slat floor will be a bit more stable for river fishing, and what speed will i be likely to get from it, now i know what it is, with the honda. Given it wont be planing does anyone think it would be suitable on any estuary in the southwest, at any tide state.
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The problem is the glue, it starts to fail at around 10 years on pretty much every PVC boat. They are fairly straightforward to repair, and the glue is relatively cheap but it takes quite a few hours to completely re-glue a boat.

Prior to the glue failing the boat can look like it just came out of the showroom, its not till the transom falls off that you realise you have a problem :-) In truth, you will notice little problems first, logo coming off, bits of trim getting a bit 'flappy' etc.

While it may be worth doing on a decent boat i.e. Bombard 380, Zodiac Futura etc IMHO its not worth the hassle on a boat that can be replaced with a new one for less than 300
I paid 800 for my immaculate used Zodiac 340! Guess I should have looked around more as if it's worthless in another 4 years I'd be a little gutted, I think I may have been ripped off as I was told the seams were welded not glued.
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Old 03 February 2014, 00:21   #19
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I paid 800 for my immaculate used Zodiac 340! Guess I should have looked around more as if it's worthless in another 4 years I'd be a little gutted, I think I may have been ripped off as I was told the seams were welded not glued.
Nope you havent been ripped off, seams are welded and will last a lot longer than the glue. I really wouldnt worry about it, its not going to fail on exactly 10 years and 1 day. IMHO yours comes into the category of worth repairing if it starts to fail, just keep an eye on it and you will be fine.
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Thanks Landlockedpirate.
Pretty sure its a Seago tsr270 without the badge. In hindsight i ought to have got an airdeck. Do you think a slat floor will be a bit more stable for river fishing, and what speed will i be likely to get from it, now i know what it is, with the honda. Given it wont be planing does anyone think it would be suitable on any estuary in the southwest, at any tide state.
Unfortunately the slat floor is the least stable of all the floor designs, that doesnt mean the boat will turn over, its just difficult to stand on

Slat floor boats are not designed to plane, but you can get them on the plane with enough power, however with out a keel they are really skittish and difficult to steer.

Enjoy what you have, its a perfectly safe and good boat in the right conditions. Its impossible to give you specific advice about usage because their are just too many variables, start somewhere sheltered and see how you feel about the boat.
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