Air leaks require patch. Seams are hard to seal.
3M 5200 works better under a patch than provided glue, but needs a means to hold in place until cured.
A pinhole patched, cause unknown. The only non-seam related leak.
April 2015, small air leaks, three places, in the seam which appears to be where the bladder separating the two tubes is attached. Tried to keep tubes balanced, pressure wise, so that the bladder is kept neutralized. Hard to do. Rather disconcerting. What next!
Also April 2015. Numerous very small air leaks. Hard to find. Wipe away the bubbles and there's nothing to see - a breakdown of the fabric. Found that these little leaks can be stopped using 5200 alone, no patch.
Water leaks in the stern corners are an ongoing grievance.
5200 works well here.
Until more seams open up.
Taking the dinghy home for repairs over the winter has become an annual event.
5200 slows seam separation
Also keeps the "drain" plug from leaking. Never use it anyway. With the large bilge area under the inflatable floor, the only way to get all the water out is to flip the dinghy over.
A year later water pouring in somewhere around drain plug. Not obvious. More 5200 inside and out. That should take care of it.
Now the surface attachments are starting to separate. Not sure 5200 will suffice. Need this one for an oar rest. An in water repair (hopefully).
Fiberglass reinforcement of the oarlocks prevents repeat breakages.
A piece of pvc pipe forced, after heating, over the oar prevents the huge annoyance of the oar sliding through the oarlock and binding while rowing.
No amount of silicon oil could stop the oarlocks from squeeking. Loose on the shaft but binding on the ends. Filed down to give clearance. Tricky to remove. A stiff wire hook to flip off the lock while keeping the shaft from turning.
So what's this? Ram a nail? No. Not totally Zodiacs fault - maybe some. What happened is the dinghy sat upright on the deck with the air valves open while making a repair, and it rained. A good quart of water made its way into one of the tubes and all attempts to remove it by whence it entered failed. Hang it up by the stern and punch a hole to drain it!
Things are starting to get worse. This seam is separating allowing a lot of water in. Can't seem to locate the outside entry point(s) so coated everything again.
Homemade oar rest and tiedown, with flotation.
Needed whenever actually rowing, especially when fishing.
Zodiac kept covered when boat is in port.
3 stage foot pump replaced under warranty the first year with a 2 stage. Short stiff hose replaced with something useable. Non skid glued to bottom side to keep it from sliding all over the deck.
Beefeaters straight up -
- with a twist of lemon
purchased new 2001, tried to give it back within the year!