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Old 12-08-2015   #1
 
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Is this Puma repairable?

I bought an "almost new condition" Puma off flea bay....It arrived today and I opened up the box like a fat kid at Christmas morning.

Rubber is as advertised. It looked great.




Hardware and floor, not so much.

Problem 1 -- Floor bladder over-pressure valve is broken and separated.




Problems 2-4 ---Every zipper is badly corroded.




Knee jerk reaction is to ask for a refund for this purple boat.

Or should I pursue repairs?

Opinions appreciated.

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Old 12-08-2015   #2
 
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Floors can be the hardest and most expensive part to fix/repair on a raft, good luck!
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They should have listed those problems in the ad. That's pretty messed up. That being said I wouldn't be too worried about the floor valve, you can buy a replacement valve if just the top half is broken. Worst case scenario you have to buy a new bladder.

The corroded zipper cars are an unknown situation to me. Not sure how hard they are to replace.


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It really doesn't look that bad. Not like new for sure. AIRE can hook you up with and new bladder. Valves/pressure valves are cheap and easy to replace. I sure you can figure something out to clean and wax those zippers. I've seen worse do amazing things.
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Guess it depends on how good of a deal it was. If you stole the thing....

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Thanks for the prompt replies. I tried to clean the floor zipper so I could inspect the problem with the bladder. They are beyond repair. It disintegrated in my hand. I contacted Aire service department. They are top notch! All parts are still available. I sent Ryder the service manager these photos and his guess is salt water corrosion. Repair bill estimate (high end) is just over $1k..... Bummer deal. I hope the seller will honor the deal and pay for a good portion of the repairs, or accept a return.
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$1000? They are $2,800 brand new. I think you would be better off getting your money back if you can. Might be worth putting a few hundred in it, but a $1000 seams a bit much for a older boat that wasn't taken very good care of. Boat looks like it is from the 90s maybe early 2000s (last 2 digits of the serial number will tell you the year).


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Old 12-09-2015   #8
 
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Seller is a stand-up guy. He refunded 1/2 the price...I'm into this boat $500 now. I should be good to go by spring!
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Is that something that will get sent back to Aire to fix?
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Sounds pretty good at that price point! Seller probably didn't have experience to identify the gravity of those problems.

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