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Old 20 November 2012, 08:41   #21
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I had my Zodiac Medline 3 (pvc tubes) retubed in the end. In hypalon. I had an issue where the rear cone seam underneath had been repaired but it failed again after a few trips. I then had the end cones and about 2 ft up the main tube on each side replaced in pvc. That failed again after a few trips - but not on the new "old to new" join, but again in the new seam area of the new cone. Problem was the tubes sit in the water at the back and evidently the constant wear and vibration causes the pvc to brittle - especially on the side with the contra rotation of the engine. Just what I was told could be a reason - sounded plausible to me, but don't bite my head off if it is bollocks.

Bit the bullet and spent the money for a retube in hypalon - was sick of not being able to use it. So far and a fair few miles and no problems. Looks nice as well. Had the cones shortened a bit and rounded more - great job from Ribshop.

By chance bumped into another owner in Christchurch, who had exactly the same problem on his Medline 3 and had gone for a hypalon retube after a couple of patch attempts.

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Old 20 November 2012, 12:11   #22
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Originally Posted by gjayson View Post

We have a 2001 zodiac open pro in the Long Island Sound area...........I wondered if anyone has ever successfully patched/repaired this problem to get a few more seasons out of the current tubes?........... Also, what is the cost of full replacement? ...... Many thanks in advance for any help people can provide.
Thanks, GJG
For a Zodiac Pro 470, I believe that new PVC tubes go for around $4000, Hypalon about $6000 (this is from my dusty memory, can anyone verify this?)


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Old 20 November 2012, 20:41   #23
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Zodiac Dan- My PVC tubes were 22 years old when I bought my Pro 530 last year. They were ruined not by failure but rather by someone with a really bad idea. The tubes were leaking and rather than pay to have them repaired properly the last owner decided to go to Home Depot and get expanding foam to fill them with. well he mis calculated and the foam kept expanding and it literally tore the fabric and it expanded and hardened. In over 20 years of working on inflatables that is the only time I have ever needed a sawzall to get tubes off the hull. I have used both tuffcoat and an inflatable paint from Polymarine and both worked well with proper preparation. Unless your seams are failing or the bolt rope is coming off you can probably refinish the tubes and squeeze a few more years out of them. However, that is not a guarantee. Obviously all of us on here can only make educated suggestions and try to make good recommendations as none of us have seen the complete boat.

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Old 21 November 2012, 03:34   #24
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Hi , if the tubes have delaminated there is very little to be done to repair. If the fabric weave is showing then pvc glue will not stick. The only option is to purchase a new collar from your nearest Zodiac dealer and have them fitted by an authorized Zodiac repair station .
Hope this helps and good luck.
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Old 21 November 2012, 05:30   #25
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Originally Posted by ZodiacDan View Post
For a Zodiac Pro 470, I believe that new PVC tubes go for around $4000, Hypalon about $6000 (this is from my dusty memory, can anyone verify this?)

We sell many Zodiac tubes in the UK and can arrange shipping to the US if required. An original set of Zodiac 470 tubes retail at around £1900.00

Phone: 01489 556800
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