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Old 24 September 2014, 11:54   #1
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Pontoon loose from hull on older Zodiac

The pontoon on my 1999 11.5 ft. Zodiac RIB has detached from the hull. Is there a thread with instructions to reattach it? I am new to rib.net. Thanks in advance.
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Old 24 September 2014, 13:06   #2
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Has the fabric ripped or did the glue just separate from the fiberglass?
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Old 24 September 2014, 15:36   #3
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Pontoons themselves are just fine no rips, hold air fine. I had to reattach the rear pontoon "clip" when that side detached completely from the hull and now holds fine there, however, I am getting water intrusion along that side (starboard) when I am in any kind of water that isn't particularly flat. The tender has always leaked a little bit, but now water sloshes in between pontoon and hull. I don't know how the pontoon is attached along the whole side of the hull. Hope I explained this better Thanks for the reply.
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I suspect this is one of the models with a rope along the inside of the tube. The rope threads in a slot in the hull holding the tube to the hull. Hard to know for sure without the model number and/or pictures of the tube unbolted from the hull.
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Old 03 October 2014, 21:34   #5
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Thanks CaptJack! I will post pics and numbers when I get back to the zodiac next week. Heading to Seattle then. Appreciate any/all the help you have and can provide.
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What model Zodiac do you have? Some are glued on and other slide into a track.
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You have managed to poke one my pet peeves: A RIB tube is a tube or a collar; a pontoon is a solid tube or box used for the floating barge-like party boats common on lakes (among other things ; and it's a generalization, I know. Let it go.)

As said before, pics would be a big help in figuring a course of action.

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Old 20 October 2014, 17:17   #8
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Separated RIB from Zodiac hull

Thanks for all the replies. I have gotten the dinghy home and am attaching a pic showing the detachment of the RIB from the strip that embeds in the hull to hold it all together. The dinghy is a 0607 97 YL 340 Deluxe 1877; length: 11.2; model year 1997. Any and all comments and help in fixing this and putting it all back together will be greatly appreciated.
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There will be others that can offer comprehensive gluing advice in this. First up, get in there and thoroughly clean the tubes and GRP hull lip. Preparation is everything, so tubes needs to be clean, degreased and dry.
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Old 20 October 2014, 18:27   #10
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Thanks, I know I need to do the cleaning, any suggestions there as well? I don't know the term: VAT.
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