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Old 20 October 2013, 06:29   #1
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Zodiac tube removal

Anyone got any advice on how to remove the tubes from a 6.5mtr zodiac medline?

They look to be attached by a track on the hull into which goes an oversized seam.
Will it simply pull off?

The tubes need tlc and doing it with them off should be a lot easier that with them on.

Advice? Thanks
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Old 20 October 2013, 07:12   #2
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On the Zodiac Pro (similar set up to the Medline) the tube is held in place with a strap to the bow U bolt, then two further straps on the transom. With these undone, it should be a case of pulling the tube towards the transom to slide them off the hull rail. Deflate the tubes (not completely) and get someone to haul the other side at the same time. Clean the rail thoroughly before re-fixing. You can use a little washing-up liquid to lubricate the seam prior to installation. Good luck!
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I took the tubes off my old boat once, took the pressure out of them so they just about kept their shape but were very squashy then pulled them off bit by bit, one side then the other - washing up liquid helps, just run some the length of the groove either side. Putting them back on seemed a lot easier, maybe just because you get the hang of it.
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Thanks - I thought it looked relatively simple but wasn't sure. I'll give it a go
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