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Old 23 October 2009, 10:30   #31
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Fenlander, that is one clean looking SIB you have there, and it looks like you just picked it up from the show room yesterday! It would be quite a stretch to suggest that mine looks even half as nice… especially the ores! You do know that you can get them wet right? Ha! Just so you know… to properly “age” an ore, it must be alternately soaked in a mixture of filthy bilge water and fish slime, and then allowed to bleach in the blazing sun about a hundred times. I have found that to be the best way to remove the pesky finish and color, and allow the wood to swell and split in multiple places….

How do you like that Tohotsu? They are becoming very popular up here in the 4-stoke market, and are probably the third most popular behind Honda and Yamy but are quickly moving up in stature.

T hat picture and your dimensions help out immensely! I think I can now fabricate a usable piece. Zodiac seems to have done away with the bow cover on the newer models of the Grand Raid series and I wonder why?

Prairie tuber, fear not, I did NOT get you wrong and am in total agreement. I was just trying to play nice with a fool that has probably only seen the Disney cartoon version of critters that are given cute names, funny voices and human traits by Hollywood movie types that are every bit as uninformed and clueless as poor Russ is… Or perhaps he has seen some fat lethargic specimens lying about in some zoo, hamming it up for the cameras every now and again

Our standing rule regarding bears when we have the little kids with us, is that if they are close enough to us that we can make out their eyes; then any distance closing move they make, must be considered as aggressive, and it’s time to get busy with the rifle… That might sound harsh, but once you have seen how much ground one can cover during a charge in just a few seconds you will instantly realize that “bear viewing” turns to “bear defense” at about 100 yards and if he is within 25 yards… well, you’re probably “bear food” unless you are spot on with your shots. And while bear spray frequently works, it also sometimes results in a very angry bear that is now even more intent on seeing if you are a crunchy snack, or a chewy snack…
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Old 24 October 2009, 17:47   #32
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Well I lucked out and was able to put the Zodiac in the water for the first time today. The weather held out and we actually have sun today and very little wind. The engine ran great, no leaks in the boat and it gets up on plane pretty good despite the prop which desperately needs replaced. It tends to cavitate if much throttle is added, but I suspect a new prop will correct that.

Thanks again to all that have been gracious enough to offer input and suggestions!
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Old 25 October 2009, 00:49   #33
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Hi Alan.

Congratulations, glad to hear it all went well. Sounds like you probably have a spun prop hub. Also, If there is any loose fabric under the hull near the transom, that may induce cavitation. If you get to do any hunting with the boat this fall, be sure to post up the trophy pictures.
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Old 25 October 2009, 07:29   #34
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Hi Prairie tuber, no the hub is not spun, at least so far as I can tell, and also according to my engine guy, but the prop is really hammered… missing about ¼” all around with a bunch of nasty nicks and dents, so the blades are not in plane with one another… Aftermarket props going for about $80, so I will pick up two or three this winter.

I got the motor off and on the stand, and all the floor boards pulled out last night and the boat aired back up but I still need to get the aft top back on and get the thing all tarped up before it snows. Now I need to get the garage cleaned up from the mess I made building the motor dolly so I can start on some more projects…

I think I am going to drill the floor boards for rivnuts and put in a bunch of small “D” rings for strapping stuff down, and then take them down and have them (the tops only) covered with Rhino-lining.

Will do with the hunting pictures!
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Old 24 May 2010, 12:51   #35
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good day on the water!

Hi guys!

Thought I would revive my post from last October and thank everyone again for their helpful advice!

Our weather has improved to the point that I was finally able to put the Zodiac on the water last Saturday for its first real shake down after the long winter. This was also the first outing for the Wife and Boys. It was a lovely day with nearly 60 degrees and very little wind. Perfect for boating!

Over the winter I managed to dump about $600 into the trailer which needed a new axle, new hubs, new tires, new lights, new wiring, new decking…. I also sprang for two spare tires complete with new hubs, bearings and spindles so that no matter what, even if I end up with a bearing failure in the middle of nowhere I still have what I need on the trailer to get home.

I don’t have a good number for what I spent getting the Zodiac ready… and don’t really want to know, but I did fabricate a seat assembly, refinished the bow board, thrust board, transom and transom protector. Also fabricated a wooden storage tray that is screwed to the forward side of the transom just below the engine plate. Bought a used seat from an Avon and installed that in the front for the wife or kids to sit on. Ended up using a ¼” fiberglass rod for the bow dodger support and that seems to have worked out pretty good. I will probably cut two more down to length and put all three up there and tie them together.

Also upgraded my tow rig…. Quite a bit of overkill for the little Zodiac, but should be better suited to pulling our other toys around!

See attached for the photos, and thanks again to everyone for the help and advice!
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