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Old 14 August 2009, 04:56   #1
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Zodiac 310s refurb

Hello RIB.net!!!! Was just banned from another forum for spamming. Didn't realize exactly what spamming was, until now!!!! Won't happen here I swear, scouts honor.

Just wanted to post the complete restoration of my newly accuired Cadet. When I bought it, it had air leaks and the whole floor seam came unglued. Discouraged but not beaten, I joined above mentioned forum and got help. Here is where the little beast stands for now. Next, registration...........ohhhh joyyyyyyy!!!!

Post to entire work on photobucket.

First day home, it actually stayed afloat then.....


Floor out, what have I gotten into.....


dirty seam


clean seam. Used alot of MEK and scotch brite in the process.


tubes ready for glue.


Inside ready for glue, much to the shagrin of my lady.....


had to make some ribs to support the floor, also had to cinch in the tubes to allow proper alignment for the floor to tube seam.


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mostly glued port seam


entire port seam glued. stopped at baffle in tubes so I could deflate and ratchet the starbord side in. Helped to minimize stress placed on the freshly glued seam.
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Old 15 August 2009, 10:03   #2
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Nice to see you got your floor glued to the tubes. Very interesting use of clamps on the floor seam. Not something I have ever done or considered as pressure isn't required to get a bond, but certainly an interesting way to avoid stress on the glued seam while it cures. Lots of ways to get things done. Thanks for posting pics.

Hmmm, Generally spamming refers to unsolicited e-mail or posting the same post across a number of forum topics. I didn't see anything out of line on the other forum. May I ask what you actually did to get banned? Usually takes more than bumping your post up to he top.
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Old 15 August 2009, 11:08   #3
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I posted a free shipping code for NRS, I know the shock and awe of it all!!!
Boat is going to the lake today if I have anything to do with it. Last couple of pics showing her papers!!!!!







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Old 15 August 2009, 17:38   #4
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You don a good job there,quite brave i coud nt attempt anything like that,well done
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Old 15 August 2009, 20:11   #5
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I am sure you will have fun with the boat! After I glued my floor back on it was not long before I had issues with the floor to transom seam. Not totally unexpected. It is glued at the same time and in the same manner as the floor seams which failed. Hopefully you won't have that problem, I did tow it down dirt roads in Mexico before the transom started seriously leaking. It is worth it to occasionally fill the dry boat with a couple of inches of water and check for leaks.
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Old 16 August 2009, 03:30   #6
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Well she runs! We spent about 5 hours messing around on the lake today. For the first 3 hours the outboard was only running on 1 cylinder. I didn't know they would run that smoothly. So I let my girl drive for 5 minutes and the second cylinder fired up. This thing is a screamer! Its super sketchy by yourself, empty. But throw another person up front and its a riot. Need a bigger gas tank. It emptied the second half of the tank in like 40 minutes after the engine was hitting on all cylinders. 6 gallons maybe??







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Old 16 August 2009, 23:01   #7
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You're a Metal Head!
It looks like your 80's were all about Metallica!
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Boat restoration

And that canyon scenery....amazing.
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Old 18 August 2009, 00:42   #9
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You're a Metal Head!
It looks like your 80's were all about Metallica!
and the 90's and the 00's, hahaha
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