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Old 22 March 2016, 18:45   #1
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Zodiac ProJet 420 Project

Here is my winter project. 2004 Zodiac ProJet 420. It was left in S. Florida saltwater for 2 months unprotected. Full of barnacles. Tubes falling off.
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Old 22 March 2016, 18:48   #2
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Old 22 March 2016, 21:38   #3
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New tubes or are you going to try to salvage them? Good luck and lets see progress pics!
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Old 23 March 2016, 01:09   #4
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Trying to salvage tubes. Simple Green and Magic Eraser work wonders. Broken barnacles punched some pinholes in tubes. Just finished gluing one of the bolt ropes on.
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Old 23 March 2016, 01:14   #5
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Old 23 March 2016, 01:19   #6
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Old 23 March 2016, 01:24   #7
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Compound and polish glass. Started on tubes.
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Old 23 March 2016, 01:27   #8
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Glue bolt rope back on. Tried gel coat forthe first time.
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TT,

It looks like you have done a very nice job of re-attaching the rope bolt to the tubes.
I fixed the exact same problem myself, on my Zodiac 650 Pro, where the rope bolt glue broke down and separated from the tubes due to the heat, UV and sun here in the Bahamas. I concluded that there just isn't enough surface area the flange of the original rope bolt offers to stay in place in tropical conditions.

My solution was to re-attach it, like you have done, then reinforce it by glueing a 2.5" wide strip of PVC (in my case) on either side of the existing 'flange', top and bottom the entire length of the rope bolt. It now has, effectively, a 5 inch wide additional reinforcement flage holding the whole thing in place. I managed to procure the new PVC sheet material from a bespoke RIB maker in the UK and brought it with me on the flight in my checked baggage!!

Importantly, I was able to get hold of the correct 2-part PolyMarine PVC adhesive from West Marine in Florida which, hopefully, will hold everthing together for the foreseeable.

I've used my RIB in some very choppy seas and, after a year, it's still holding together. Just thought I'd pass this along in case you feel it could help.
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Looking good!
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