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Old 22 November 2017, 16:26   #1
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Hey everyone,
this summer I was given a very old but seemingly serviceable Zodiac Sib. The boat was stored in the original bags in a heated basement for the past 30 years. Floor boards are solid, and the valves are a bit finicky, but holds air. I did track down a very slight air seep at a tube seam right where it contacts the floor board stringer at the starboard bow. Other than that, I didn't see any obvious reason not to take it out. I have a 2004 9.9hp Honda outboard that I was planning on mounting to the zodiac. As this is my first boat, I'd really appreciate any information you all would be able to provide. As far as I can tell from the id tag, it's a 1978, and I assumed it's hypalon, but I'm not positive. I also may have the bow board in upside down, but I saw no way it could go in the other way, so no idea. Thanks!

Paul
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Old 22 November 2017, 20:18   #2
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Hey everyone,
this summer I was given a very old but seemingly serviceable Zodiac Sib. The boat was stored in the original bags in a heated basement for the past 30 years. Floor boards are solid, and the valves are a bit finicky, but holds air. I did track down a very slight air seep at a tube seam right where it contacts the floor board stringer at the starboard bow. Other than that, I didn't see any obvious reason not to take it out. I have a 2004 9.9hp Honda outboard that I was planning on mounting to the zodiac. As this is my first boat, I'd really appreciate any information you all would be able to provide. As far as I can tell from the id tag, it's a 1978, and I assumed it's hypalon, but I'm not positive. I also may have the bow board in upside down, but I saw no way it could go in the other way, so no idea. Thanks!

Paul
It's a Zodiac Mark III.

Constructed from real DuPont Hypalon, made at a factory in Rochefort, France that no longer exists.

I recommend purchasing new Delrin inserts and caps.
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Old 22 November 2017, 20:23   #3
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Really nice boat. I love seeing well kept high tier Zodiacs starting a new life.

Cheers. Squid
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Old 23 November 2017, 11:23   #4
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Excellent find! Those were very well made boats!
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A beautiful hypalon Mark III!
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