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Old 13 April 2012, 10:30   #1
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help identify this RIB

A good friend of mine gave me this Zodiac. He had it since college days and took great care of it.
I'm rebuilding a sailboat and need a tender. This will work well.
The identification plate says it is a model /type 2245 year 1978
It can hold 1300 lbs and handle 40 HP (really??)

What is the common model name for it and can I put seats in it? Are there aftermarket parts for it?

it's about 12 1/2 ft long

Thanks for your help.

40 hp.... you got to be nuts........
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Old 13 April 2012, 10:42   #2
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40 hp.... you got to be nuts........
40hp is OK. But that's a 2 stroke rating. The power will be fine, weight on the transom is the issue, modern 4 strokes being a bit lardy.
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Old 13 April 2012, 11:34   #3
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Back in the 1970s HP was rated at the powerhead not at the prop like today. So when that boat was built a 40hp 2 stroke would be about 35hp today. 25hp 4 strokes work well on those, not too heavy yet enough power for as much load as you're realistically going to carry.

The easiest way to add seats is via glue in brackets that go on the tubes then a board is held in place across them. Others opt for a moulded plastic bench seat which then gives you some dry storage.
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The boat looks good for its age, however - I think the anchor in the second picture is a bit overkill for the size of the SIB

Maybe something like this would work? Steering Console
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And its a S.i.b not a R.I..B
I had the earlier Mk1 think yours is Mk2 as it has the large zodiac logo on the side seem to remember that max engine sizes were Kw not HP One good point is the plastic sheet that keeps the front bow dodger rigid is there as a lot get lost .
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max engine sizes were Kw not HP
That would mean over 50hp so bit surprising!
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That would mean over 50hp so bit surprising!
Yeah about 54 hp that would certainly make the floor boards creak a bit eh lol
Must say though compared to other similar size inflatables Zodiac always seem to be on the over powered side of things ,seem to remember the old zodiac 10 ft 6 incher had a rating about 25 hp even if using the old power head /prop rating.
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Don't mean to hijack this tread. I bought the same model 2245 built in 1979 off craigslist, but the wooden floor boards that came with it do not fit. The ones from the glued board towards the stern are abour 2" too long (width seems fine). Distance from transom to glued board 58". Aft boards (3) assembled 60" long x 40" wide with rails assembled.
On the other hand the bow pieces short and too narrow, if i push them all the way to the bow the gap to the glued board is about 6" .
Bow boards (2 hinged together) 29 1/2" long 35" wide (@ widest point)- see pics
It seems like the boards i have are from MK 2C.
Would appreciate Dimensions/pics or drawings of the floorboards for model 2245.
Thanks!
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Fish;

Not sure exactly what you're saying, but the floorboards are designed to "stretch" the boat a little bit in a keelwise direction on assembly. 2" doesn't sound too far off. Usually, you insert the rear 2 full width boards, nestle the front triangular board into the bow, then line up the remaining 2 in a tent like fashion and lever them down. The side rails then hold the 3 main pieces solid.

Where in CA are you?


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Thanks for your reply jky. The boat in in Novato, CA.
The 2" stretch would not be a problem if the center board (light color in the picture) would not be glued. There is not much room for stretching. I have 3 pieces that supose to fit between the transom and the glued board. When I tent the first two boards (20" wide each), the tent raises about 8"from the floor and even the brute force (my 190 pounds) would not snap them into place.
The more I think the more I realize these are the wrong boards- take the bow boards; I assume the bow pieces should fit snug against the tube, but they are not -they are too short and too narrow. The front bow biece seems too flat for a pointed bow too. I wish the person who initiated this posting for his buddy would reply, so we could have comparison between alike boats. Thanks again!
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