Originally Posted by KD8NPB
The Zodiac Wave series are PVC, but mostly thermowelded for the later generations.
Very little adhesive is used.
Everything is fixable. Most RIB shops prefer to sell new craft though. Higher margins for less work
Didn't you turn around and buy an AB from that shop?
Yes, I did, because I was stuck, without a dinghy, you have no way ashore, plus there was an issue with warranty not being any good, I donít remember the specifics, but think anything that was glued to the boat only had a 1 yr warranty.
I will never use that shop again as I feel sure I was being manipulated.
I did contact Zodiac in Ft Lauderdale and they were no help either.
As I said I think it was a well designed boat, but apparently everything that was glued to the boat was of poor quality, and the glue was poor as well.
I bet for not a whole lot more money, it could have been a nice boat, other than being a little heavy, it didnít as far as I could tell have any design deficiencies, it handled very well and was a very fast boat, nice and stable at high speed. Much faster than my AB that replaced it.
However it didnít hold air well even from the first day, it had to be pumped up every weekend before use, and got to where it had to be pumped up every day, it was leaking from the seams.
The AB that we have had over a year now, I have added air twice in a year and a half.