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Old 09 June 2006, 02:50   #1
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Zodiac Pro Open 650 problem

We have two problems with our Zodiac Pro Open 650.

1) It is intermittently taking on large amounts of water, more often then not during choppy conditions. The water is 'not' coming in over the side, but directly into the hull. It is not coming in through the outboard bolt holes or other logical areas.. Any suggestions?

2) Our boat is also prone to Chine Walking, an uncontrollable 'wobble' where the boat literally bounces from the port tube to the starboard tube in aggressive and quick succession at both medium and high speeds. Requiring the boat to be taken off the plane to stop it. Trimming the motor in has no effect. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Old 09 June 2006, 05:54   #2
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Cant help you with the water..... but you are the cause of the chine walking. Trim down the engine !
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Old 09 June 2006, 08:41   #3
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zodiacs have removable tubes, which if not inflated to the correct pressure flex somewhat, so require to be kept pumped up, could this be the prblem with water? water coming in between tubes and hull? it seems the only logical alternative if its not over the side!!! i would check where tubes meet hull to see whether it is coming in there, also make sure u=tubes are pumped up well, good luck!!! yes chine walking, trim down the engine, what set up do you have?
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Old 09 June 2006, 22:06   #4
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Cant help you with the water..... but you are the cause of the chine walking. Trim down the engine !

Hi Guys, as mentioned in the original post on the last line. Trimming the motor down has 'no effect'. The boat has a 150hp 4 stroke on her tail, well within the outboard and weight specs for the rig, and we've had the motor raised and lowered to try and resolve the issue, to no avail.

As for the water, the tubes are inflated to manufacturer spec, but i'm thinking you may be right in that the water might still be coming in via the track which holds the bolt rope / tubes in place.

The other possibility we have thought of, and will look into next week, is that the tubing attached to the scuppers might be leaking, as water appears to back up in them even when the cockpit plugs are inserted.

The handbook indicates that the 'plugs' for the cockpit drain holes need to be in place while the boat is at rest etc (unlike many other boats) and the result of not doing so sees a lot of water travel back up the scuppers which aren't all that functional if two or more people are seated on the rear lounge.

We'll explore both issues next week
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