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Old 30 December 2020, 03:30   #1
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Tube delaminated from rope on Zodiac Pro

Hi all,

First day of holiday 27 Dec I put the Zodiac Pro 420 in the water and the tube on the starboard side came loose from the hull on the ramp. Closer inspection reveals the tube delaminated from the black backing material that is attached to the rope that runs in the slot in the hull.

Complete delamination all at once, black liner still intact, rope still in place in hull slot hyperlon tube still in good condition . Has anyone else had this problem and do you know if the tube can be re-glued to the backing and rope or does the whole tube assembly have to be replaced.

Any advice appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Old 30 December 2020, 13:01   #2
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Are the boat tubes PVC? I know some of the newer PROs can be purchased in hypalon neoprene and are likely to be grey on 420/500. If black and red it's likely to be Strongan Duotex, basically Zodiac's own PVC.

Anyway - get some pictures posted, easier to understand what you're dealing with and the repair procedure.

Any other information, age of boat, where it's kept are useful. You're in Oz, so extremes of temperature, maintenance routine and if it's covered or garaged all add to the mix.
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Old 31 December 2020, 05:12   #3
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I had this happen to me a fey years ago ,also in a Zodiac pro. Seems the glue breaks down in that area after some years but is very repairable by any competent Tube shop.. Bye the way my pro went under instantly as the tubes were only left attached to the bow and the engine was at the max end of the spec for that boat as in a bit heavy.
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Old 31 December 2020, 07:09   #4
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I had this happen to me a fey years ago, also in a Zodiac pro. Seems the glue breaks down in that area after some years but is very repairable by any competent Tube shop.. Bye the way my pro went under instantly as the tubes were only left attached to the bow and the engine was at the max end of the spec for that boat as in a bit heavy.
What, as in the engine had an early bath? Absolutely no buoyancy? The pro has a hull void, so that should give something. I know there's transom straps too, but if the tube detaches the hull will drop down.

Here's an older thread. https://www.rib.net/forum/f8/pontoon...iac-64806.html

Looking back - it's the initial securing patch that needs to be over-sized at the end of the bolt rope. Once the glue there fails, it will simply peel back under pressure. The bow is vulnerable too from stuffing, hence there's a strap there too.
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Old 02 January 2021, 06:56   #5
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Same thing happened my Pro Open 550 last year. I removed the tubes and brought it to a rib repair shop and the reglued the bolt rope back onto the tubes. No problems since
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Old 20 January 2021, 00:31   #6
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When I bought mine I was told by a dealer in QLD that it can happen and the fix was relatively easy to get repaired.
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Old 20 January 2021, 02:29   #7
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Thank you to those of you who replied to my query. It’s a relief to know it’s is fixable and probably not too costly. I appreciate the time you have taken to respond.
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