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Old 01 July 2014, 06:16   #1
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Zodiac Cadet FR 2.4 seat issue

Hi all,
I've just got my first SIB. Bought cheap on flea bay, and in need of a little TLC, but looks basically sound.
One problem is the original seat has been replaced and bodged.
Before I make a new seat, what I can figure out, having not seen the original, is does the seat hang on the two fixings to the side tubes or should it sit on the tubes and be held in place by the fixings, or sort of half and half?
Any photos would be helpful of what the original should look like.
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Old 01 July 2014, 06:26   #2
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Its sort of half and half. The seat slides over bead and rests on the tube.

But mine used to fall off. I added a couple of small holes through the seat and tab on the boat and then put a tie wrap through it just to to stop the seat sliding off.
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Old 01 July 2014, 07:35   #3
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TBH I would not bother - most SIB seats get in the way especially on such a tiny boat. Just sit on the tubes.
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I want to be able to row it on the river (licence is much cheaper without an engine) and i live near the Thames.
SO i'll need to do something, but as you suggest it would be sensible to make it easily removable so i can use either option.
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We used our C240 as a tender, while you can row them, I wouldnt want to for any distance. The position isnt great because the boat is so short and the oars dont feather, which means you have to take short choppy strokes. The row locks are no good, if you put too much pressure on them they simply pop out.

Look out for a small engine, I know the fees are 90 V 30 for unpowered, but its only a quid a week and you will get so much more use out of the boat.

My brother lived near Abingdon and we often took our tenders down to the Thames for a day out, great fun and the kids loved it.
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I'm a doom and gloom merchant in this topic but I'd re-think - rowing a SIB is a real b@stard...
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Hmm, thanks of the insight, might have to re-think that, may be an electric outboard for the river, licence much cheaper....
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Hmm, thanks of the insight, might have to re-think that, may be an electric outboard for the river, licence much cheaper....

Noooooooo, thats an even worse idea.

Electric motors are designed for slow speed trolling, as soon as you use enough throttle to get the boat up to river speeds, the battery empties in minutes rather than hours (The exception to this is the Torqueedo at over 1k ). For a day on the river you will need 2 or 3 batteries.
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I have a 4hp yam OB in the shed, will have to see if I can get it running.
I looked on the Thames site and it says powered boat also need third party insurance, is that expensive?
Mean while the Zodiac is cleaning up nicely, Toobshine is amaizing stuff!
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You have the perfect engine already sat in your shed

New fuel, new plug, check the impellor and gear oil and it will be good to go.

Insurance is really cheap, around 50 fully comp.
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