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Old 24 October 2010, 12:20   #1
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zodiac MkII reglueing tubes

Hi everyone.

I was caught out in some pretty rough weather a few weeks a go and the boat took a huge battering from the waves.

The pounding proved to much for the transom and one of the tubes seperated. the transom also looks a bit unhealthy but I really dont want to get rid of the boat as it has served me well.

Do you guys reckon its worth getting repaired or maybe doing it myslef? theres also a tear in the floor which will need patching.

Any advice much appreiciated
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Old 24 October 2010, 15:10   #2
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Plenty life left in the old girl yet. Transom has started to delaminate, so personally I'd replace. Marine ply can be glued together with epoxy resin then half a dozen coats of varnish on exterior surface - she'll be as good as new. Use the the old transom as a template, and transfer the identification plate, engine mounting plate, towing eyes, etc. Work in a warm, dry atmosphere. Low temperatures and moisture isn't good.

Regards the boat material, more than likely it's PVC. Preparation is everything. Once you've removed the transom, thoroughly remove any old glue using sandpaper or Dremel tool. Dry PVC and then degrease using MEK. Full details here. Use Polymarine 2-part adhesive. Sure there is an earlier post on here - have a look. Work in sections (don't do the whole thing in one afternoon), starting with the keel. Take your time and it will come together. Have a few G-clamps (and wooden curved battons) to hold the boat material to the transom. Inflate the boat to operating pressure before undertaking this procedure.
Details here: http://www.allinflatables.com/support/pvc.html
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Old 24 October 2010, 15:35   #3
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Hi Spartacus

Fantastic answer . I never thought of replacing the transom but it does make sense as its in bad shape. I'll spend a few days working out the costs of materials but it sounds like the way to go

Could I possibly glue/resin the old transom, reinforce it and then glue the tubes back on?


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Hi everyone.

I was caught out in some pretty rough weather a few weeks a go and the boat took a huge battering from the waves.

The pounding proved to much for the transom and one of the tubes seperated. the transom also looks a bit unhealthy but I really dont want to get rid of the boat as it has served me well.

Do you guys reckon its worth getting repaired or maybe doing it myslef? theres also a tear in the floor which will need patching.

Any advice much appreiciated
I was caught out in some pretty rough weather,blinking hell that must of been some bad weather to do that?hope you do get it sorted,must of been perished to begin with in those areas?
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Could I possibly glue/resin the old transom, reinforce it and then glue the tubes back on?
You could - but the damage is done Even if you managed to dry the transom out, getting the glue between the sheets of ply will be nigh impossible. Replace is my advice.
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I was caught out in some pretty rough weather,blinking hell that must of been some bad weather to do that?hope you do get it sorted,must of been perished to begin with in those areas?

Yeah judging by the transom I reckon you right mate , the rough sea just put the nail in the coffin.

I do remember looking down at the floor and seeing it all pulled out of shape then looking back at the transom and thinking "Oh sh**" I still had 2 miles to go no matter which way I went. When I slowed down water started pouring in so I kept at a steady pace and headed for shelter. the fact that she got me back to the harbour makes me not want to give up on her.
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Just did this on my MkII. Your transom wood looks like it needs to be replaced. Its not that difficult job. You just have to be patient. Mine came out looking like new.
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Right I had another look today and the transom is a goner for sure. Im going to remove the transom tomorrow if I get a chance.

Any tips on how to loosen the other tube? do I just slide a scraper underneath and gently prize it off ? sorry if that sounds like a daft question


Mgalvez- what thickness ply did you opt for ? did you glue 2 bits together if so what glue?
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Hi everyone.

I was caught out in some pretty rough weather a few weeks a go and the boat took a huge battering from the waves.

The pounding proved to much for the transom and one of the tubes seperated. the transom also looks a bit unhealthy but I really dont want to get rid of the boat as it has served me well.

Do you guys reckon its worth getting repaired or maybe doing it myslef? theres also a tear in the floor which will need patching.

Any advice much appreiciated
Did nt have to re glue the tubes,but transom was in a bit of a state only in places tho so dug out the rotton and wood filled it,glass resined it ,then resined two cut templates of hardboard to it then resined over them and painted them with marine paint,not been in the water yet with her ,but seems well sound to take my 20hp mariner,yours does look like more work tho,but if you love the boat gotta be worth it,it got you back in as you say,some pics of my renvation project GOOD LUCK WITH YOURS,,,,,,,Thorny
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I luckily did not have to remake my transom. I was able to clean mine up and reuse it. The glue to use is two part sta-bond for PVC. Mix it properly and make sure you get all the stuff you need. Its all in the prep. Use MEK and follow these directions.

http://www.nrsweb.com/repair/stabond.asp

Cutting a piece of marine ply that's already the proper thickness sounds like the easiest way to do it.
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