Originally Posted by roody262
We have recently bought a zodiac grand raid from ebay, the boat came with a good quality snipe trailer and no engine.
The boat itself is in good condition and holds air well. We've bought a 40 HP mariner engine for the boat with will hopefully very well suited to the boat and what we want to use it for.
The tubes are hypalon and I would like to know the best way to clean/care for these. The boat will best used on the sea so I imagine a good rinse down to remove all the salt from the tubes. Are they any products you would recomend to product the material?
Here is the eBay ad for the boat -> http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...ht_2640wt_1167
The Zodiac Grand Raid MK3 (15'5") with aluminium floor system (HD) is a great boat. If you're using a tiller-steer, then 40hp is fine and it will fly. If you were opting for remote steering, then a 50hp Yamaha 2-stroke (if you can find one) would be better.
The hypalon material can be cleaned with a product called Rib Revive. It's suitable for hypalon or PVC. You can also use a 3M Marine Outdoor Vinyl as an additional treatment to protect the tubes.
The serial numbers on the boat is a manufacturer code/serial number followed by the year of manufacture (thin-strip starting ES, I presume for Spain). In this case (2003). Has maximum capacity for 8 people, is a 'category C' boat for inshore waters, and has maximum load capacity of 1270kg which is huge.
The glue on the tube, is probably because this boat was used on the continent and either had a boat name or registration number on it. I'd take it easy regards the 'sanding idea' Wouldn't take long to break the surface of the hypalon and expose the weave. Better approach would be to try a little MEK. Wear gloves and try a small area first.
The valves are pressure-release valves. Turn the valve to 'inflate' and pump each valve to operating pressure (in stages), then put on the valve cap. Then turn the valve to 'navigation' when underway. Top up with air as required.