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Old 25 November 2011, 08:52   #31
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Both nice looking boats. Tough decision. The wooden keel hull is a deeper V. Inflatable keels tend to leak somewhat, in my experience. Just means you gotta top 'em up once in a while. No big deal.
Looks like you have the wrong stringers in the Zodiac. They should engage with each of the flat square floor boards. But not with the smaller wooden boards in the bow. Maybe the pics in the manuals show that. I had a Mk II C with 25 HP. Went pretty good, but you always want more ponies.
20 to 30 share the same block, so if you want more its going to get heavier. Stick with what you got.
Wait. Is that a long shaft? You need a short shaft.
I found the bow dodger to be very useful for keeping a little dry spot in the boat. I made a box to fit under it.
I used the bow mast mount to mount a light. It was a really slick bit of engineering. I wish I had a pic, but I don't.
I got a broken mast from a dealer, used the threaded end for attachment. Cut a section of 3- 1/2" ABS pipe, about an inch. Put a flat piece on top, and a inside chamfered ring on the bottom with the male thread protruding into the bottom. Looked like a hockey puck, but open at the bottom. Mounted the light on top. Small, efficient and rock solid.
Let me know when you're ready to sell one. I have a friend near Edmonton that might be interested.
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Old 25 November 2011, 10:58   #32
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Also, the keel should not be attached along its full length, rather, only in a couple of spots, so yours is probably OK.
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Old 25 November 2011, 12:59   #33
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Looks like you have the wrong stringers in the Zodiac. They should engage with each of the flat square floor boards. But not with the smaller wooden boards in the bow. Maybe the pics in the manuals show that.
I was wondering about that too. I own a 1983 Mark II GT C. I looked at the brochure that and it shows the Mark II boat with simply 2 stringers that don't contact the last aluminum board.
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Old 25 November 2011, 15:02   #34
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Which would be the better boat for beach launching and use in open water off shore... A 1979 Zodiac MkII or a 1992 Bombard C3? The motor would be a 1992 Johnson 30hp short leg tiller model. Thanks.

I'm curious, did you ever decide which to keep? What did you end up doing with the other?

As I'm sure you have or are figuring out, it really comes down to which to you prefer for whatever reasons, as with most boats. Personally I love my C3 and would only replace it with a C4 or C5. I don't find the wooden keep any more of a pain to set up than the inflatable keel, plus I never have to adjust it. I use my boat in lakes, the ocean and the Umpqua river rapids (oregon). No need to remove the keel in the rapids. My C3 is a 1989 in great condition.

Anyways, just curious what you decided.
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Old 27 November 2011, 02:19   #35
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The C3 now belongs to a friend that lives near by and I kept the MkII. I Just like the MkII better overall, likely because it is so similar to my old MkI that I grew up with. The motor is a short shaft 30hp Johnson and seems to move both boats very well. Both my MkII and the C3, now my budies, will be getting fixed up before next summer and getting put to use.
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Old 27 November 2011, 11:24   #36
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Excellent! They are both great boats, and you guys will have loads of fun!
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Old 17 March 2012, 16:14   #37
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I got around to taking the MkII into the local inflatable shop and they fixed up the trust board and some other little bits for $250 CDN which I thought was very good. I had budgeted $500 so I bought a Bravo power pump from them as well. They said the MkII was in the best shape they had ever seen for an older inflatable so I'm very pleased about that

Now if the water will open up I'll take her back out for some fun.
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Old 18 March 2012, 15:47   #38
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Those Bravo pumps are brilliant. I use one for the Aerotec 380 and it has me up and on the water in no time
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Old 18 March 2012, 16:03   #39
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Those Bravo pumps are brilliant. I use one for the Aerotec 380 and it has me up and on the water in no time
Bought a bravo pump on Friday..... Worth every penny
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