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Old 24 February 2024, 18:14   #1
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I bought this Zodiac Futura IIc GT a little while back just as spare parts for my other Zodiac Futura IIc, in case I would need any. I planned to use some PVC fabric to possibly make some storage bags. After I sold the motor that came with this boat I have no money in it. As it sits, it's a free boat.

Today I spent an hour cleaning it and it cleaned up pretty good without much effort. Maybe too good. Now I'm thinking that maybe it's a shame cutting up a classic boat like this?
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What would you do?

The PVC fabric is in good shape in all but one spot. The speed tubes were totally toast so I cut them off (I guess it's just a Classic now ). Seams are picking up here and there, but not on the outside of the floor. Glue failure seems imminent, as can be expected from an -89. I have the alu floor. Transom seems very solid. The keel is coming undone from the floor. Keel holds air a few hours. The tubes hold air for a day at least but the inner valve seals needs fixing.
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Old 24 February 2024, 19:38   #2
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Maybe too good. Now I'm thinking that maybe it's a shame cutting up a classic boat like this?
Oh man - been that soldier!

If it's any help, you already know the answer. Basically, the boat is toast for real world boating. The ali deck must be worth something? You're already in profit, why prolong the pain. IMO make the PVC bags and sell whatever else you can salvage.

I don't mind sharing this here - I have some issues with terminating the duty cycle of a machine. Essentially, I feel the pain a machine can't feel for itself. IMO this is a side effect of normal human empathy, misplaced. So, like pets, machines come to an end, and sometimes you have to decide when that is...

Your boat is toast, enjoy breakfast.
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Old 24 February 2024, 21:29   #3
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I have some issues with terminating the duty cycle of a machine. Essentially, I feel the pain a machine can't feel for itself. IMO this is a side effect of normal human empathy, misplaced. So, like pets, machines come to an end, and sometimes you have to decide when that is...
Very philosophical, with the exception of the modern language I would have thought I was in the presence of Plato himself.
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Old 26 February 2024, 15:43   #4
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Never heard that one before, that's a classic!

And you're right. But this cleaned up a bit too good. So just for the fun of it I'll let the kids play with it on the lake this summer and I get to practice a some gluing. Then we'll see. If it breaks that's ok.
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So I put the floor in, fixed the inner valves with parts I already had and removed all things related to the speed tubes. Now it needs reinforcement patches on the bottom, some glue around the transom and a couple of spots on the inner floor. Apart from that the floor is surprisingly solid.
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Old 27 February 2024, 09:51   #5
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It does look like it came up really clean. Shame about the speed tubes though. It would be a shame to cut this up.
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