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Old 17 April 2012, 12:13   #1
Country: South Africa
Town: Cape Town
Boat name: MAKO
Make: MAKO
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard
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Foam tubes

I need some help from someone who knows the best way of applying foam tubes to an aluminium 8.5m RIB. I have looked at the Zodiac system, that incorporates an inner (inflatable tube) covered with a thick closed cell foam layer & the foam is then covered with either hypalon or pvc.
The other option is just applying closed cell poam directly to the hull (mechanical attachement) & then spraying a thick layer of reinforced polyurethane over the foam.
Realy need some assistance from a profesional who has done this before, as the cost of the material prevents me experimenting & costing money. Thank you.

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Old 18 April 2012, 02:03   #2
Country: USA
Town: Oakland CA
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SAFE Boats use a polyethylene foam collar covered with (I think) a urethane material. The cover is more for aesthetics, I believe, to cover the white foam (they're mostly used by the USCG, who run an orange cover material. I have seen a couple of private boats done in blue.) I believe the foam is directly bolted to the hull, then the cover goes on (not sure how it's attached.)

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