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Old 10 July 2003, 18:09   #1
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Leaky Zodiac tube !

I have a Zodiac pro open 550 which was new in 6/4/01. Sold by TL Harvey new to its previous owner it's a super rib. Tonight i took it off the marina to clean the hull and found that a large leak has appeared at the seam in the rear where the cones start. Can any of you techies confirm how long the warranty on the tubes is..... I think its 3 or 4 years. I need to know before I approach the Irish agent for warranty work. Also is this common on ribs ?
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Old 10 July 2003, 22:12   #2
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Good luck!! I have the same boat a few years older however i had the problems a few years ago. my tubes went"sticky". I bought the boat from a deal through a dealer but the boat did have a previous owner. maybe you will have more luck then me across the water as i am on the west coast of canada.i had other problems with the hull but i will not get into them here. I just put a 24" extension (built out of alum and bolted to tramsom) and the boat rides way better. The warranty for the tubes are 5 years but it is prorated and not transferable. Good luck Chris
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Old 10 July 2003, 22:20   #3
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24" extension

Zod550: Care to explain the 24" extension? I am curious. Thanks. john
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Old 10 July 2003, 23:14   #4
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some people call it a pod, it is a sort of a box that follows the hull so from underneath the boat or looking from the stern it looks like a continuation of the hull. it is 3/16 alum with 1/4 on the bottom. It gives the boat the riding characteristics of a 2 ft longer boat. It might not work on all boats but on my zodiac i have a 4 stroke which is quite heavy and it sat stern heavy before. the pod gave me approx 350lbs positive bouyancy so with the pod the boats stern now sits nice and high. funny i put a posting about this months ago but no one seems to have done this on this site. chris
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Old 11 July 2003, 00:29   #5
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need more info on pod

Chris: Thanks for the info on the pod. Sounds like a very interesting idea. Who makes these? Contact info for them? john
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Old 11 July 2003, 03:13   #6
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Scotty,

My last RIB, was a Zodiac 550. Had the same problem with the tube seams close to the cone at the rear. This is a known problem, and was corrected under warranty by the local agent here in Cork. Agent carried a spare set of tubes, which he put on my boat while mine were sent away for repair, lost no time on the water

Warranty on Zodiac tubes is 5 years.
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Old 11 July 2003, 10:04   #7
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I had a leak problem where the cone section meets the central section of the tube. on the underside - about 3 to 4 inches had half come away at the overlap. I scraped away the bit of dried glue and re-did with superglue and no problems since.
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Old 11 July 2003, 12:49   #8
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My Yachtline had the same problem.

It cost me 60 to put right professionally.

I am now considering the same on the cone of my Osprey, as some of the glue seems to be peeling away there too
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Old 12 July 2003, 07:10   #9
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TWO PACK BOSTICK

Luke Western Marine sell a two pack bostik and hardner, speciffically for Zodiacs, clean the area thouroughly, apply the glue let it go tacky and you can reglue the lifted seam , its easy to do once the area is dry and clean, we have reglued patches straking and seams in an old Zodiac with no probs, you could do a repair like this in a day, if you go the warranty route you might lose time on the water.
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Old 12 July 2003, 14:01   #10
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As said the warranty is 5 years.

If the tube is removable, I'd contact Zodiac for the new warranty tube.

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