Zodiac 420 Minuteman Refurbish/Repair

One of the more interesting boats that came in for some repairs lately is the Zodiac Minuteman 420 designed for First Responders.

Like the name implies it can be deployed in less than a minute using a compressed air tank (SCUBA/SCBA). Zero to Hero in less than a minute!

This Particular boat had been ridden hard and put up wet so to speak, and came to us via a frustrated customer who had another shop do some repairs. I won’t mention any names, but shame on you guys for doing such a slip shod job. This is the part where I reinforce the point of taking your inflatable boat to a certified repair facility like IBC. The other shop used the wrong adhesive, fabric, handles, valves, you name it. It wouldn’t keep air for more than a minute which is kinda ironic. The customer came to us after seeing some images online of a U.S. Coast Guard R.H.I.B. we refurbished and repaired for a major deployment somewhere over the horizon.

I grabbed a couple of images of the condition of the boat recently while the tech was working his magic and thought I’d share them. I didn’t include the pics of the bad work and wrong parts because I don’t want that work duplicated by anyone thinking that stuff would fly.

Even the SOLAS tape was replaced making the Minuteman seem like new again.
Even the SOLAS tape was replaced making the Minuteman seem like new again.
The Zodiac Minuteman keeps air for days and days on the table for the air test.
The Zodiac Minuteman keeps air for days and days on the table for the air test.
The IBC techs refurbished or replaced every d-ring, handle, bag, etc. on the Zodiac Minuteman
The IBC techs refurbished or replaced every d-ring, handle, bag, etc. on the Zodiac Minuteman
The IBC Techs breate new life into the destroyed and abused floor on the Minuteman.
The IBC Techs breathe new life into the destroyed and abused floor on the Minuteman.
The Zodiac Minuteman floor patched and refurbished looks like new again.
The Zodiac Minuteman floor patched and refurbished looks like new again.

Remember boating can be dangerous so don’t take shortcuts or do makeshift repairs your very life might depend on it. Always take your inflatable boat to a Zodiac Certified Repair Facility and get the work you deserve.