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Old 16 July 2014, 03:24   #1
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Can I get replacement tubes for a 18' Nautica?

I know Nautica is out of business now, but before I spend a bunch with the local inflatable shop repairing older (1996) tubes that have already seen their share of the sun and already have a bunch of patches, I was curious where I could get some new tubes custom made and what it might cost? (I live in California if that makes a difference).

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Old 16 July 2014, 13:22   #2
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Can anyone recommend places that will make replacement tubes?

Is it something that they have to have the boat to make the tubes, or can it be done without the boat?

Can anyone recommend some places?
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Old 16 July 2014, 13:40   #3
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Nautica 18

We have the templates for the Nautica 18 and will be able to manufacture a new set of tubes for you. We will provide a full quotation to you tomorrow.
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Unfortunately, we don't have the same options that they do in the UK.

Wing, up in Arcata, CA will make custom tubes, but their really expensive.

I saw these guys advertising their zapcat look alikes a while back on ebay:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-...02550879784255
I emailed them and they said they'd make tubes out of whatever material I wanted. I haven't talked to them since. If they make you something decent, let me know, I'm not about to give Wing $14K for a new set of tubes for my 7m Willard!!!

How about just buying some hypalon and having a go at it yourself?
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Polaris Inflatables in Canada can do the tubes (there's a few folks on here that have dealt with them for tube replacements), but I have no idea what the import/export regs would be.

Might try calling Sal's Inflatable Repair in Alameda, and see what he has to say.
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Old 18 July 2014, 03:24   #6
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Thanks everyone for the replies/suggestions. You are all very helpful!

I got quotes from these shops:

Tilley Inflatable Design (UK)
RibTube (UK)
Henshaw (UK)
Polaris (Canada)
Wing (Northern California)

Can anyone that has bought new tubes give me recommendations regarding these (or other) vendors? Or give me some recommendations on the process?

Another thing I'm unclear about is import costs (tariffs/fees) to the US (and shipping costs).

By the way, Sal's doesn't manufacture tubes (but thanks for the suggestion).

Am I missing a company I should be talking to?

Feel free to pm me if you prefer. Thanks again for all your help. I really appreciate it being new to RIBs.
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Henshaws do a LOT of tubes for export and can vouch for them personally as can many other punters!
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Paul Tilley has a good reputation on here - his production videos on Youtube show the production process. Don't try this at home, they make it look easy!!

Henshaw are "big guys" in the UK. They have been making and fitting tubes for many of the big RIB builders & M.O.D. for years. If you go with Henshaw, get them to make you a Laser cut logo too - they're pure class.

No ideas about tariffs but shipping shouldn't be too bad - tubes pack very small when they have no strakes or fittings on them.
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bigtalljv got some items for his zodiac from Vancouver and said NAFTA helped him out... I believe taxes and fees were minimal, if any at all. So, based on price, that may give Polaris a leg up. PM him on here - I don't remember if he used a broker or not.
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By the way, Sal's doesn't manufacture tubes (but thanks for the suggestion).
Didn't think he did. He didn't have any additional suggestions on places to look into, though?

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