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Old 23 March 2014, 15:04   #1
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Is it worth renovating? (Zodiac ProJet 4,2)

Hi everyone.
Thanks for a great forum! I have been browsing it for a few days and I would like to ask for your opinions.
Im from Sweden so bear with me if my english is a little off.

My neighbour (an old navy captain) has a few RIBs and one that is a real wreck. It exploded a few years ago and the seam blew open. I think I can get it for pretty much nothing if I want to try my hand at restoring it and I want to know if you lot think its doable.

I took a few pictures and as it shows most seams are coming off but a few are still intact. The fibreglass hull is still in OK condition and could be made to look really good with a few coats of gelcoat and some sanding. I am pretty used to working with fibreglass so thats not the real issue. I enjoy restoring/renovation machinery and have renovated a couple of motorcycles and done various small jobs on sailboats.

I came across something called Tuffcoat and perhaps it could do the trick. Welding/glueing the busted pontoon back together seems like the biggest single challange.
When browsing the net for replacement tubes I found a few around 2000 which I think is just too much since I also need to get an engine for it. My neigbour says he has a guy who can sell a refurbished but used (stock) 98hp inboard complete with the jet drive for 2000. This, however, is completly unconfirmed.
Im guessing I can get this boat to look brand new for around 5000 (If you disagree please say) but I dont know what it would be worth.

So what do you all think? Is it worth cleaning and investigating further or is it destined for the dumpster?
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Old 23 March 2014, 15:09   #2
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Depends how much money you want to throw at it and what the tubes are made of.
If they're Hypalon then it MIGHT be feasable, though it'll be a hell of a job to do. However, it'll be worth very little if the tubes are tuffcoated. It doesn't look right and it devalues the boat.

If not, it's dumpster time.
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Old 23 March 2014, 15:15   #3
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It sure is a lively forum and a very fast reply! Thank you for that.
I will have to read up on the ways to determine wheter it is Hypalon or PVC and get back on that. Also forgot to attach the info-plate before.
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Old 23 March 2014, 15:20   #4
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Had one of those years ago. They originally were yamaha drive trains. Original tubes were PVC Zodiac has not built any hypalon tubes that would fit that boat. I think I still have a copy if the owners manual somewhere.

Good luck if you decide to take on that project.
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Old 23 March 2014, 15:22   #5
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I missed what it is-if it's the 1991 it looks like from the HIN plate it's highly unlikely to be worth renovating from a financial point of view.
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Old 23 March 2014, 15:33   #6
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Ok, so you think it not worth the time and effort. I guess you are right. as a matter of fact i am inclined to think so myself now that I have had a closer look at the boat. Its just that the old guy (neighbour) happened to mention it and I just love having different project going. Thank you for your opinion.

I go hunting ducks and other waterfowl in the archipelago and thats really the reason as to why I am currently so interested in inflatable boats. Hunting is often better when there is strong onshore winds and seas can get very choppy. Thats why I think an inflatable boat could be good because I can drag it up on the cliffs on the leeward side of an island.
Well well, I think I shall have look in the SIB-section.
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Old 23 March 2014, 15:41   #7
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Inflatable boat for shooting is perfect=very stable. 5000 could buy a nice SIB.
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Old 23 March 2014, 16:38   #8
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"If" the engine runs and the drive functions, would it not be worth retubing it? I have no idea on costs, and the boat looks really rough. If it were me, I would try to get it running, and at the least sell the motor and pump.
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OK so outside of the cost perspective to rehab this old beast. If you are hunting ducks, I would suggest a vessel that is going to be quieter. Those jets were fairly loud and smoky as they had a single speed oil pump in them. You would probably scare most ducks for miles but at least there would not be any mosquitoes around either .
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I wouldnt even consider reusing the Inflatable portion... thats jsut me tho
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