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Old 28 June 2006, 11:54   #1
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1993 Bombard Explorer WB 385 Repair

I had just purchased this rib, motor and trailer. This is my second RIB and my 5th Zodiac boat. The tubes are in excellent shape, but when I tried to take them off, the tubes have seperated from the lip that goes into the slot in the hull. For that year, are the tubes PVC or Hypalon?

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Old 28 June 2006, 13:57   #2
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What does the fabric feel like? Is it hard and stiff (pvc) or does it feel soft (hypalon)
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Old 28 June 2006, 14:15   #3
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'93 was before Zodiac bought Bombard (and before Zodiac went to PVC, also); I'd expect your boat is hypalon.

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The "lip" you refer to goes into a channel in the hull it is called a " bolt rope". Removal is by sliding out from the bow. Do not try to pull off the hull at 90 degrees. Re-gluing/ solvent welding should not be a problem providing you get the right "glue" and maintain proper alighnment.
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Thanks!

I have contacted Zodiac and the tubes are PVC. I was able to clean up the rope with MEK and started the long process of gluing them together. It has been over 48 hours now and I can't wait to test the RIB out this Friday. I will post some pics of my setup.

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