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Old 12 July 2017, 18:12   #1
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Futura mark 3 zodiac damage

Hi all first time poster long time reader so hello to everybody😀
I am currently travelling around Australia with my family. I am towing a caravan with my zodiac strapped to the roof of my car (inflated) I am not regretting the extra work involved with the boat and all the extra bits and bobs that goes with it not least of which is a 20 hp motor that I have to lift on and off a fair bit! I have custom-made removable wheels that attach to the transom to make getting the boat in and out of the water much easier and it works really well .
Yesterday at Lake Argyle in north western Australia I attempted to move the boat from the Ord river over the hill to the lake itself . This is where I went wrong I decided to utilise my winch reversed over the top of my car and canopy down to the nose cone of Zodiac front nose ring I then winched the nose off the ground and utilising the small transom wheels I towed it up and over the hill to the lake . It's seem to have worked really well there was a little bit of pulling forward and dropping back but when I got to the other side the nose cone peace of my Zodiac was completely deflated I inspected all the external surfaces and could see no damage no rips etc but I did notice small bulges on the inside edges where the side pontoons connect to the front. My question is can anybody enlighten me as to the internal connections between the front and the rear inflatable pontoons as that's what I think has been damaged and also can it be repaired. (I reckon I might have gotten away with it but I didn't take the motor off so way to much weight and the hill was really steep)
I will be gutted if I have killed it as we have had a ball in it.
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Old 13 July 2017, 01:32   #2
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has it stretched the joints where the bow compartment is attached to the side compartments i would pump up put some detergent in water and wet all over that will show where it leaks. hope it's not too serious
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Old 13 July 2017, 07:41   #3
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"Where is the air leaking?" to would be my question.
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Old 13 July 2017, 10:44   #4
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