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Old 24 June 2016, 15:18   #1
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Zodiac with bottom completely unstuck - Should I bother?

I just saw an online advert of a Zodiac of the size that I'm looking for, which looks fine other than that the one piece bottom is completely unstuck.

The boat costs a pittance, but is located 300 km away.

It's obviously difficult to get a sense of the real condition of a boat from a few pictures, but is this potentially a situation where using the right materials I could stick the bottom back, or would I just be wasting my time?

Any and all thoughts very welcome!

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Old 24 June 2016, 15:26   #2
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Not sure about your location but here there is an endless supply of cheap SIBs in perfectly serviceable condition from 50 to a few hundred


Sure you could fix it up for a few pots of glue and a shed load of time but it's a bit masochistic...
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Old 24 June 2016, 15:31   #3
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Thanks!

I'm in the Algarve and I haven't managed to locate cheap RIBs here yet.

Possibly a combination of being in a country where most people have no money and therefore sell what they have for high prices or hang on to it, and the fact that the weather is such that you can use a boat all year round.
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Old 24 June 2016, 15:51   #4
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~1997 Zodiac Yachtline 310 RIB looks like? I've fixed a lot of them over the years...

You'd go through about 2.5 of glue regluing everything. 5-10 liters of MEK for prep wiping.

The tubeset does not look very good...it may be too UV degraded to reglue.
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A ton of sanding and cleaning but very possibly. Find out if the tubes are hypalon or PVC. Guessing since its a zodiac its PVC but some of their fancy stuff is hypalon. You will spend at least 100 on glue and sand paper and mek.

If ya got a lot of time on your hands a place to work then go for it. But only if the tubes are in good condition.
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That's PVC, you can buy new tubes from Zodiac but only in PVC. Zodiac does make Hypalon tubes but not for that year.
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I think it depends what a pittance is, how much time you have and if you have a suitable workshop or similar to stick it all back together in.

Ultimately though the lifetime of the repaired boat will depend on the condition of the tubes which is impossible to see for sure in the pics.
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