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Old 07 September 2014, 13:23   #1
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Hello from Ottawa, Ontario. Need advice buying a 98 Zodiac C310S

Hi Everyone,

The past 2 years I've been using cheap inflatables like the intex mariner and sea eagles. I'm now tired of them and want to move onto something better. I've been looking and looking for a decent hard floor SIB. I can only afford a boat under $700 at this time, so I've been checking the classifieds.

I've finally found a decent one, I think. It's a 1998 Zodiac C310S. The seller has come down on price to $380cdn for just the boat. He lives about 2 hours away from where I am, so I can't really check out the boat in person before hand without wasting time. The seller has described the boat as good condition.

Here's the info he's told me about the boat so far

* 3 patches on the boat (One was for a small leak caused by an abrasion, and the other two were preventative as he had left over patch material and adhesive)

* He also fortified where the floor meets the tube at the bow of the boat.

He said he placed patches where the angles are, as the floor has been known to start pulling away and tear backwards.

Pictures of the boat in an imgur album below, any thoughts you may have are appreciative.

Zodiac 98 C310S - Imgur

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Old 07 September 2014, 13:41   #2
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Hi shadow cruiser, welcome to RIBnet

For the money that sib looks good in the pics as long as the patches are holding the air, I personally would go for it. I'm sure that some more experienced sibbers will be along shortly to give advice .

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Old 07 September 2014, 14:31   #3
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Looks good for the money
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Old 07 September 2014, 16:11   #4
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Garage looks tidy. Always a good sign. If previous owner is as meticulous as that then the Zodiac will have been well looked after.
Is that with or without VAT?
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Old 07 September 2014, 21:17   #5
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You all are so kind, thanks so much for the advice!. I'm now a proud owner of a Zodiac C310S, finally!. Boat was in excellent condition and he was the original owner. You could really tell he took care of it. There's no mold or stuck on dirt anywhere on the boat.

For a boat that's 16 years old, I'm surprised all the seams are in really good shape. Not sure how much longer this boat will last me.

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.
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