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Old 08-21-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Budds Outlet View Post
I have a 2005 Zodiac Zoom that has had only light use and stored indoors most of the time. It's had maybe 25 days exposure per year since new.

When I used it the first time this year I noticed it had taken on a small amount of water. The next time we went out I checked it and determined that indeed it was leaking water in along the transom area.

Through some investigation, I believe that some of the seems in the black material that makes up the floor and joins the floor to the transom are coming apart.

Is there any recomendation on glue to reglue these seems? Or is seven (very light use) seasons about all I can expect out of this inflatable?
They make two different repair kits. One is the tube of glue that sells for $20+ the other is a two part mix that sells for $60+. Care to guess which one works.

It does work but it is a PIA. My dink is a 10 year old PVC Zodiac and the repairs with the two part are holding fine. Trick seems to be clean the surface of all the old glue. I used 60 grit paper, wipe down with Acetone and follow the instructions.

BTW this dink has been out in the weather since it was new and the damage to it was sort of self inflected by letting it stay deflated on a dink rack and that cause the seams to have undue stress where they attach to the AL hull.

P.S. I agree with Larry as far as taking it to a Pro but that may out way the cost of getting a new one.
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