Need help refurbishing tender

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  1. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Got a dinghy with our boat. Didn't hold air and 25hp Mercury wasn't worth anything. Need to get a new 9.9 but also need to clean up and seal the inflatable. Anyone have experience and/or know of a good shop to do this around DC/Baltimore?

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  2. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    AB makes a pretty decent inflatable. And the Merc looks decent. Do you know what's wrong with the motor? Have you checked the dinghy for leaks. Looks fixable for a DYI.
     
  3. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Motor needed too much to get going.

    Hope to bring the dinghy back to life. Not sure how good she'll look when I'm done, but it better be great or the admiral will sink her.
     
  4. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    I have a 12.5 foot Zodiac with a 1981 20HP Merc. The Zodiac has been on planes to the artic a few times and down some rough rivers. It has a soft bottom. I have put holes in it and scuffed it up a bit but I found the Zodiac dealer does a very good job fixing it. Take it to the dealer ask what he would do and what it would cost to fix. If he has no concept try a different dealer. Same goes with the Merc. Mercs seems to be bullet proof. I have had mine fixed a few times and always came back in good condition. If the lower unit oil has no water in it top end repairs should not be too expensive.
     
  5. saopm

    saopm Member

    718
    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    Typically those Merc’s need a carb rebuild and some plugs to get going again. Might be worth looking into before tossing it.
     
  6. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    I bought a new Zodiac from Annapolis Inflatables and all was smooth. My buddy took an Avon to them for repair and it turned into a long drawn out mess.

    I don't know that there's really anyone else in that area. Just make sure to lay out cost and timeframe expectations up front.
     
  7. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I have a buddy who painted his dinghy this past fall and he says it turned out great...
     
  8. Florida Time

    Florida Time New Member

    10
    Dec 11, 2017
    Perdido Key, FL
    1986 Tiara 3600
    454 Crusaders
    A lot of sign shops will work on inflatables. We have one here locally that does a great job. He completely resealed my Zodiac for a good price. For the engine if you haven't had a shop go through it I would I have seen a many of engines that were sold as non-repairable that were repaired for a reasonable cost.
     
  9. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    Check out the thread I started here: http://clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/dinghy-rehab-project.82830/ I went through a rehab of my own dinghy and couldn't be happier with it. I just wish that I was able to make it work with my davit system, but it's too heavy so I'm intending to sell it and find something lighter.

    It really wasn't that tough to do with the Inland products, it was just time consuming and I had to deal with heating the garage since their products have a minimum temp to cure and I was well below it when I did the refurb.

    Kevin
     
  10. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s


    That's pretty badass, Kevin. Thanks. Makes me think I can actually restore this thing. She's pretty beat, but it my be possible. Now, if only I had a garage like that to do it!
     
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  11. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
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    Finally finding the time to start into the refurbishment of the tender. Got her up on the operating table, pumped up and found a few abrasion leaks.

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    My plan is to clean her up, seal it from inside, put a coat of rubber paint on and also paint the trim with top paint. I think I'm going to go with white with blue trim to match the mother ship.

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  12. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
  13. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Does anyone know how I can get the painted numbers off? Should I use some fine grit sand paper to "level out" any rough spots?
     
  14. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    If painted use EZ Off oven cleaner. Try a small area first.
     
  15. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    696
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    I'll be interested in the progress and outcome of this project. Glad to see the liquid rubber works with Hypalon and PVC. I inherited an AB rib that was left in the sun for years, so I'm facing a similar situation.
     
  16. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    696
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    I went ahead with the rubber paint. Here's before, during, and after. made quite a difference. One caveat to this, be extra careful about spilling distillates on it. My gas fill line overflowed, and the gas bubbled up the paint where it ran down the side. Only fix is to remove any paint that is no longer sticking, clean the area, and repaint.
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  17. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

    173
    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    Nicely done, looks great! I've had a couple of wear spots on mine that I need to touch up. How well did your touch up areas blend in with the rest?
     
  18. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    696
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    The biggest issue is that it's very difficult to mix a small batch. So, I haven't redone it yet. Waiting for a moment when I will just put another coat on the whole top.
     
  19. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    WOW!! My old Maxxon may have some life left in it afte all!!
     
  20. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    832
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Screw it.

    Got a great used 2010 Avon Hypalon with 2010 20hp Yamaha 4-stroke from Annapolis Inflatables for $3,250.

    Much happier!

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