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Old 31 August 2004, 17:31   #1
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Eeyore...

Unfortunately, the tubes on my RIB "Eeyore" finally gave up the ghost after a Cowes Week spent bouncing up and down in the melee of boats on the Island Sailing Club pontoon.

The 7 year old Hypalon was, admittedly, already on it's last legs after a hard life permanently in the water with little protecton for the tubes against UV (is this normal?); and an incident with a nail on the Port Solent waiting pontoon (pic.1) which had been patched a couple of weeks before. At Cowes the bow area developed an unfortunate hernia overnight when the matting mesh gave up, and had split next to the bow fitting (pic.2) by morning.

The Good News is that this morning I dropped of the boat to be re-tubed and will post details of the progress. I look forward to sharing pictures of her restoration to full glory (why are boats always 'she's?).

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Old 31 August 2004, 17:42   #2
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Sorry to see that, Nigel.

I think you're right about UV - our 7-year old tubes are in great condition, but are always covered and kept ashore.
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Old 01 September 2004, 16:00   #3
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Thanks Richard!

I'm glad that the new Hypalon comes with a 5 year warranty.

The old tubes are off now and most of the new hypalon cut out for glueing.

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Old 07 September 2004, 16:50   #4
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The tubes are now made and waiting to have the fittings (cleats & wear patches) added before being attached to the hull. I've had high pressure relief valves fitted as the darker blue does tend to absorb a lot of heat.


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Old 08 September 2004, 03:00   #5
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Hi Nigel, those new tubes will make the rib look like new!
How are you having make them & what cost?
I kneed to ether put where patches on the top of my tubes or replace them!
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Old 08 September 2004, 04:47   #6
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It's looking good Nigel, it will definately look like a new rib...

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I think boats are classed with a female gender because guys fall in love with them (as in wimmen) and then they take all your money and treat you mean and punish you severely for any little mistake you make. but every now and then if you do everything properly and your lucks in there is usually one or two good rides to be had.

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Old 08 September 2004, 08:01   #8
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I think boats are classed with a female gender because guys fall in love with them (as in wimmen) and then they take all your money and treat you mean and punish you severely for any little mistake you make. but every know and then if you do everything properly and your lucks in there is usually one or two good rides to be had.

CHARMING!!! I am speechless..... Apart from one comment....... It's all lies.....

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Old 08 September 2004, 16:46   #9
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I will say this only once from behind a large stack of sandbags.......

About 3 years ago I was taking ownership of a boat. As is custom on these occasions it was deemed fit to pour (not break) an alcoholic beverage of some ilk over the bow of said vessel in order to please neptune and other such dieties.

I had taken out a mortgage for a bottle of Bolly for the boat and had also bought some (some!) cold John Smiths and Guiness for the mortals to imbibe thereafter.

I was about to pop the cork on the champers to do the deed when this (yorkshire, male) voice piped up......''eee tha's not gonna give 'er sham-pain is tha'....all boats are wimmin tha' knows and if ya start 'er off on sham-pain then she'll expect it all t' time........tha' knows''.

Needless to say.....John Smith's was poured over that bow, that day.

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