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Old 17 August 2009, 16:36   #31
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That's the way it appears to me..what do you think? does the design make sense?
Have to say I know sweet bugger all about the build designs of RIB hulls. But from the pictures and the way you describe it, I'd say that makes sense. Just think the boat builder could have come up with a tidier design?
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Old 17 August 2009, 16:39   #32
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Wellll it Is a french boat

I'm pretty happy with the layout and design otherwise, it has loads of creature comforts (admittedly out of place on a RIB, but welcome nonetheless)
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Old 17 August 2009, 16:54   #33
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and incidentally there's absolutely no movement whatsoever on the crack while lowering and raising both engines individually or simultaneously
Did you get somone to physically lift the leg by hand whilst you watched the split area to see if there was any movement ?

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does the design make sense?
No it doesnt to me .. for all it would have taken for the manufacturer to glass over the transom I mean in the scheme of things it wouldn't have cost too much

However .. now that you found the other thread on the issue which I read from start to finish and was most informative, I think it must just be cosmetic right enough, although I am still staggered a manufacturer would leave a finish like that, particulary if there is any possible chance of water ingress which could have disasterous effects, particularly if it freezes.

On the other hand, on reflection .. maybe it was done that way to allow some flex, which is inevitable on any transom, and fine, as long as the knees to the hull base are strong enough .. and in this case actually avoids any alarming flex damage to brittle gel coats .. all IMHO ofcourse just looks a bit scary, and I agree with your concerns on your original post, but after reading the other thread, it certainly looks worse that it is, if indeed there is any fault at all ?

Did you get a response from Zodiac ?
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Did you get somone to physically lift the leg by hand whilst you watched the split area to see if there was any movement ?
I used the power trim unit for raising and lowering. Also tried to move the leg manually without opening the pressure relief valve, no movement.


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On the other hand, on reflection .. maybe it was done that way to allow some flex, which is inevitable on any transom, and fine, as long as the knees to the hull base are strong enough.. and in this case actually avoids any alarming flex damage to brittle gel coats ..
I thought the same and hence decided against through-bolting after filling with adhesive sealant. what do you think?

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Did you get a response from Zodiac ?

Not yet....big boatyard that they are with millions of boats worldwide
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