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    Unhappy removing the floor board of my 8 ft zodiac

    I have an older Zodiac inflatable that has plywood flooring. The wood railing (for lack of a better term) has come loose and there are screws popping through. I cannot figure out how to pull the floor up. I notice that there are two aluminum rails on the center sides that keep them in place but it won't budge. There are black sliders inbetween each section that won't move either. Any suggestions on how to pull up the floor? Gary

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    Gary,
    Should be a 'piano hinge' if it is like my 17' Achilles. Deflate one or both sides and push the aluminum rail out. Then pull the deflated tube towards you as you pull up where you can see the seam. Mine takes some torque, but they handle it well. If you get another person on the other side, it may be helpful too. If this doesn't sound like the hinge your boat has, post a pic.

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    First number the different pieces of flooring. Let most of the air out and remove all the screws (not many).There should be two blocks at the floor and transom to remove.Take off the aluminum side rails.Its easier if you can pop out the nose piece first.. If you let all the air out its possiable to just pull the whole floor out if everything is stuck together. Make sure to let the air out of the inflated keel.
    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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    Wink zodiac flooring

    Thanks. it worked well. the floor runner boards that came off are rotted. Are these replaceable at a marine store that sells these boats?


    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    First number the different pieces of flooring. Let most of the air out and remove all the screws (not many).There should be two blocks at the floor and transom to remove.Take off the aluminum side rails.Its easier if you can pop out the nose piece first.. If you let all the air out its possiable to just pull the whole floor out if everything is stuck together. Make sure to let the air out of the inflated keel.

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    I went to Home Depot and got some vinyl slats that were the same size as the wooden pieces and cut them to length. They called it 'no-rot'. It seems to be working well so far.

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    I used marine plywood and raised it 7 1/2" for the front two boards so it would be flat.Urathane coating will work well for protection and two pieces can replace four if you raise it for the front. I drilled a three inch hole to be able to get to the keel bladder.
    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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