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Old 22 July 2021, 06:11   #1
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Zodiac mk2C FR... Not well

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I'm grappling with whether to spend the time (of which I have very little thanks to teenagers) removing, cleaning and regluing the floor of our Zodiac. As you all know, tubes are awesome and hold air forever, but on a recent river jaunt the floor started to go. By the time I had offloaded the kids and puttered home, what had appeared to be good glue followed at an alarming rate, so it really is now a start again job.

THe frustrating thing is that the boat had been stored and not really used by the previous owner for years and as such is in great condition apart from the glue - transom rock solid, air floor good etc.

The question I have is (and Fenlander kindly echoed this when I first posted): Do I spend the time or cut my losses - it seems such a shame to get rid of something which has substantial good points but the investment in time is a big one..

The alternative is to see if anyone here has the time or interest to take it on - I'd much rather let someone here have it for a very reasonable price if they have the wherewithall to do it than go through the eBay trauma.

So, let me know if anyone has any interest - if not I'll mull it over some more. The catalyst for this is that I'm not allowed to buy a new one until I decide what I'm doing with this one and I want to be on the water!

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Old 22 July 2021, 11:12   #2
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What a shame. If you are really really sure the transom is sound why not do it? The floor is easier than the transom... not easy... just easier. Cleaning properly to remove every spot of old glue is the worse task.

At the moment the value is almost nothing... done to a top standard you have a SIB that's worth... what... £750+??

But... and this is the but that could trip the whole idea up... the transom if original glue is so likely to follow.

So if you could find a new Honwave in stock the instant just add water boat is a tempting idea.

No right or wrong decision in this.
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Old 22 July 2021, 14:44   #3
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That's entirely fixable. You just need to be meticulous in your preparation, right ambient temperatures (which incidentally are spot on just now), and be patient in how you approach it.

Polymarine for PVC glue and instructions - follow to the letter. Reckon there's another 5 years left in that old Zodiac. In the meantime you can start saving for the replacement boat!
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Old 22 July 2021, 17:15   #4
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Thanks for the encouraging replies. The trick is, when I said the transom is sound, I meant just that - the glue there has also gone so it's a full rebuild (the transom itself is sound as a pound, having not seen much water). The weather is perfect for a prolonged repair session, but the kids have just broken up, work is demanding etc.

So, yes, I have MEK and polymarine PVC two part and good intentions.. we shall see!
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Oh transom and floor... you will be busy! Major admiration due if you have the patience to do all that.
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