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Old 08 September 2004, 17:02   #11
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great pics Robin
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Old 08 September 2004, 18:06   #12
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tube fitting

Nigel,

Do you have any pics of the tube being fitted? Could you give me any advice/guidance on how this is done? The reason I ask is that I'm planning to fit a tube to hull myself and need to know the theory behind it!

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Old 09 September 2004, 16:31   #13
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No, Robin, regretfully not me at the ‘cricket’ – I was grounded after the damage at Cowes week. Slimtim - here's the pictures, and good luck with your project!

The Rib retube is coming along really well and I was glad to see the tubes being fitted today when I stopped by today.

First off the Tubes have been glued to the hull (pic 1). I am told there is a strip of Hypalon glued between the bottom of tube and the top surface of the hull for protection as this was a bit rough in places.
The tubes were then weighted down / strapped in for the glue to set (pics. 2 & 3).
Next, strips from the underside of the hull onto the tubes have been put on (pic. 4)

Extra layers of strips of Hypalon will need to be put around the bow area to stop the tube peeling back when I stuff the back of a wave! (pic 5.)

An added bonus is that I’m really pleased the tube builder has managed to widen the internal beam a little during the fitting process. Now I can walk around my console from inside the boat rather than having to walk along the top of the tubes to get forward.

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Old 09 September 2004, 19:12   #14
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Nigel,

Thanks for the pics, they are excellent.

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Old 11 September 2004, 09:36   #15
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The re-tube is nearly finished and I am really pleased with the difference it has made.

The tubes are all glued on and the ‘D’ fendering attached all round with an extra bit of trimmed ‘D’ section over the bow to take the painter or anchor line.

All that is left to do is to add the grab handles and safety lines – you can see the areas taped out where the first layer of glue for these has been put on. There will also be some extra wear patches either side of the ‘D’ section on the bow to protect the tubes if the anchor line misses the guide when it is being pulled in – this is where the last tubes wore the most.

I hope the weather’s good tomorrow as I hope to get her back on the water as soon as possible!

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Old 12 September 2004, 16:31   #16
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I got the boat back this morning and very pleased with the result - the boat is transformed!



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Old 12 September 2004, 16:36   #17
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A fine looking boat. Who did the tubes Nigel?
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Old 12 September 2004, 16:54   #18
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Nigel

Your new tubes look great. (Said the Bishop to the actress)

Dare I ask how much that cost ?

Also I spy Dole fins on your outboard. Do you recommend them ? All my friends have them, however they seem to be viewed with some suspicion by folks on this sight. What are your thoughts ?

Regards Nick R

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Old 13 September 2004, 03:32   #19
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Looking good Nigel

Nice to see you kept the BWM rounded cones.
Thing is, it looks very much like you have a DS 21 not an 18 as your profile says.
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Old 13 September 2004, 16:08   #20
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Thanks for the comments – Please PM me if anyone wants more details. I’m glad I was able to take the pictures as the job was being done as I learnt a lot and appreciate the painstaking job that has been done.

Mark, it really is only an 18' & it was great to be able to get an exact copy of the old tubes made – even down to the rounded cones

Nick, the re-tube really was value for money & extended the life of the boat. I find that for my use of this boat in its current layout, the fins do an excellent job. They just get the hull on the plane below the 10 knot harbour speed limit & help get more of the tubes out of the water at faster speeds. If I were having another DS18 built I would want to put the seats / console further forward to try to balance a heavy 4-stroke engine in another way - I’ve seen newer, similar hulls with consoles a lot further forward.

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