Lately I have been seeing a huge increase in barnacles on zodiac ribs between the tubes and hull come into our shop for service. Here in New England it had been real bad this year and far as growth goes. On many of the Zodiac recreational built ribs barnacles can easily grow between the tubes and hull. A few of my customers have told me that they were advised by the "painter" that this area did not need to be painted. Unfortunately a couple have had tubes punctured from barnacles between the tube and hull.
I just wanted to share so that hopefully any newbies who might see this can avoid This same fate.