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Old 17 April 2013, 17:34   #11
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It's an early Zodiac Pro 530 (with lace cuff at the bow).

Link here: Tubes for Zodiac Pro 530
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Old 17 April 2013, 17:48   #12
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Zodiac still have removable tubes on that size of boat. It's PVC but cheaper to replace as produced in greater numbers and not bespoke.I have a Pro Open 550. The hull is different, but the principle of the tube system is the same. I also have a bigger Uk manufactured boat with glued on hypalon, its a very well made boat, but in fairness the smaller zodiac fairs pretty well .
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Old 17 April 2013, 17:50   #13
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The tubes themselves are thermo-welded
Are they? The seam tapes look they've been glued on. I thought thermo welded PVC had a smooth welded edge to the seam tape?

As an aside,I know Zodiac did this for some reason back in the 70's/80's with some of their PVC sibs-Ballastboy's Zed 31 and Sixy's old Zed 34 are constructed that way, so the glued seams aren't necessarily any indication of PVC over hypalon.
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Old 17 April 2013, 17:55   #14
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Seams are similar to mine from the photos. Thats a 2008. The one at the bow looks a bit stressed though..
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Yep, sliding tubes are much faster to swap in case you need to buy new ones than traditionally gluing them to hull which could be a costly and time demanding job. If not mistaken Zodiac is the only brand that have those type of tubes as seen on Medline, ProII & Pro Open models and probably in the Hurricane too. Zodiac have them in stock so a piece of cake to order and change.

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Old 18 April 2013, 02:22   #16
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Morning Chaps

Thanks for the Replys whe are busy retubing them cuz the old pontoons were done the boat is well over 25 years old and it whasnt looked after so thats why i got it for so cheap and the Repontoning is less expensive cuz it is my best friend that works at Falcon inflatables.

the seams has been glued together but the new ones whil be thermo welded

thanks for this
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Interesting that this boat below is a Zodiac Hurricane 5.3. That's a pretty distinctive hull and even the tubes look the same to me. Maybe there's some overlap in models in the early years?



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Old 18 April 2013, 07:33   #19
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It does indeed look like a Pro 530 (look identical to mine). From what I understand, there was a Hurricane version which was pretty much identical, although may have been a thicker hull construction. Check the identification plate as this will confirm either way.

These are good boats for better weather/clamer days and mine makes good progress with 6 on board and a modest engine on the back. The wide beam gives masses of deck space and a stable platform for divers/fishing etc but gets a bit uncomfprtable under heavier seas, although still quite capable. The "outriggers" for want of a better description seem to keep the boat very flat through the turns, however it is still very manouverable.

As mentioned earlier, the tubes are pvc and are still available for replacement. Mine were replaced about 4 years ago, making the boat look almost new again.

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Interesting that this boat below is a Zodiac Hurricane 5.3. That's a pretty distinctive hull and even the tubes look the same to me. Maybe there's some overlap in models in the early years?
It is not actually a Hurricane. It is a leisure Zodiac Pro 530 built at the Hurricane factory. The Hurricane 530 is much narrower and does not have the deep strakes on the outside of the hull. I actually have one of each at the moment. Hurricane does build a identical hull which they modeled the H533.
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