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Old 09 August 2017, 03:37   #1
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Zodiac leak with extra weight

My 2004 Zodiac Pro 4.2m leaks a little between tube and hull when we have extra weight eg 5 people - fine with 3 or 4. Has done since I've owned her (5 yrs).

Ribshop suggest looking at the bond between the tube and the bolt rope that holds the tube onto the hull - I'm wondering if anyone has a diagram or photo of what that looks like so I can better understand... how is the bolt rope connected to tube? Is it a line the length of the tube?

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Old 09 August 2017, 04:57   #2
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The tubes are held on by a beaded flange that slides into a slot in the hull.
This flange is nonded to the tubes and can become detached.
Attached picture has rotated 90 degrees but hopefully shows the flange and slot.
You should be able to inspect by deflating the tubes, but removing them would allow a better inspection.
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Old 09 August 2017, 05:19   #3
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Many thanks Dave, am talking to Ribshop about what may need doing
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Make sure your tubes are properly inflated too.

Given the age though, definitely inspect all of the bonded surfaces for deterioration of the adhesive.
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