Just got a deal on an old Mercury Quicksilver 380 HD with plywood flooring and I'm quite impressed with the built quality. I have read somewhere that an inflatables PVC made have a life expectancy about 10 years.
This boat was sold in 2004, I got the stamped owner manual. Then the boat sat on an improvised home made trailer for the next 12 years, without cover or any protection.
I removed the plywood flooring, gave a good jet wash and it came back like "almost" new.
The only damages are:
- Partially unglued strips holding the tubes and bottom to the transom
- unglued handles
- unglued plug into the transom
I checked with MEK the handles and rubber strips that hold the transom, it looks like they are not rubber but Polyurethane, so will be easy to stick back with a 2 parts Polymarine.
The seams looks like welded and hold perfectly despite the age. The plywood hard floor needs to be replaced with 15mm marine.
Well, for £200.00 it was a good deal, I think.