Zodiac Maiden Voyage
Well we finally got our old Zodiac out at the mouth of the Tyne. The weather was warm but very windy creating some reasonable chop. Unfortunately our trip was a very short one.
I hadn't realised that a previous owner had seen fit to cut the transom down. This meant we could only go straight or make left turns because the tiller was fouling the transom, bugger! Apart from that the boat seemed in good condition and the recent refurb of the boards proved worth while. I think this combo of engine and boat will make for good fun ( I only opened the throttle half way and it was up and off on the plane, no steering made me back off quickly!).
I am going to cut a pice of wood to refill the transom and move the clamping plate back up. I was going to use either marine ply or hardwood.
Am I right in thinking it will be ok to just put this piece in place without attaching it?
Also what product should I use to fill the screw holes in the transom, preferably something non marine?
One last question. Does anyone know if these are the self bailers and is there a way to refurb or replace them?
Apologies for all the questions but I want to get it sorted and get back out on the water for some fun.
Thanks in advance