Hi, new here on the forum so little introduction;
I'm from Holland and bought a 1997 Zodiac Pro 470 which i decided to restore.
Boughted as an empty boat without consoles and engine, but with a good full roller trailer fitted with big 13" wheels.
My rig on it's way home after i bought it.
My rib when i bought and on my way home.
The Zodiac is whitout consoles and engine so first was looking to complete the boat with consoles but found nothing suitable , also looked at jockeyseats but no result.
O yeah, the Zodiac has a small console in the front; an original anchorlocker which is mounted in the bow.
Because the budget is minimum
decided to leave the interior empty so keep maximum deckspace.
With these facts in mind went looking for an nice engine, this also gave a few problems, the hull is still untouched and measering the sternplate gave an measerement of just 40 cm so need a shortshaft engine for this boat.
This made it difficult in Holland to search for an engine, 95% of the outboards bigger then 25hp is longshaft and 90% of those are with remotecontrol and i need a tillercontrol on the engine.
Saw several engines, some in poor state but reseanable budget or beauties costing a fortune.
At the end found an outboardspecialist who offered a very nice and tidy Mercury 40hp from 1998, it's 2 cilinder whitout oilinjection. It had remote control on it but he converts the engine to an tillerarm control, with only original Mercury parts. Hopefully the engine is ready to use next week.....
This 40hp beast is hopefully ready for installation next week,at this moment being converted to tillerarm control.
So that's the story of my rib, now this is my first rib and also got stuck on a few problems;
The Zodiac was most of the time used in France and so it has a french registrationumber painted on the hull
Now thanks to this forum i know that my Zodiac Pro has PVC-tubing on it. I found in some threads here that you remove paint from tubes with aceton. Does that also count for tubes from Zodaic, so pvc-tubes??? and doesn't it effect the orginal red colour?
There is one loose patch on the tube which is poorly glued so coming of again, what product can i use to remove glue-remainings from the tube?
Thanks for the advises and happy ribbing to everyone