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Old 07 August 2013, 08:23   #1
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hi all im new here so be gentle , lol i recently purchased a rib for sea fishing ,hugging the coast untill i get more confidence , anyhow if i happen to punture the boat ie fish hooks knife etc ,is there anyway to repair it at sea ? or is it a mad dash to shore before it sinks (my boat is called titanic )what are the clamp things i have seen ob ebay ,will they work ? many thanks for any help & replies ,cheers pete
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Old 07 August 2013, 10:00   #2
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I keep a 'clamseal' on board just in case. Fortunately i've never had to use it so I can't vouch as to how good it is.
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Clamseals are great providing the hole is smaller that the clamseal. Picture below shows one in use (hole caused by hitting a wave whilst carrying a chest of drawers in the bow - don't ask!). It was holed and "clamsealed" last Friday and still holding air today!!! Client very happy as wanted to use boat throughout Cowes Week.
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I've never bothered, any repair needs to be done when the boat is dry and needs 24 hours before being put under load. Just make sure the baffles are ok so if one chamber does have a problem you'll still have buoyancy from the others.
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thanks for the replies gentlemen ,the thing is this rib has 1 tube on each side if 1 goes down im in trouble lol ,,i think the clam seems a great idea cheers
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thanks for the replies gentlemen ,the thing is this rib has 1 tube on each side if 1 goes down im in trouble lol ,,i think the clam seems a great idea cheers
only 2 chambers? Are you sure? Even the smallest SIB typically has 3 (for good reason)
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theres 1 on each side meeting at the front plus a strip in the middle that inflates the keel i suppose ?
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Ah, you haven't got a rib then, its a sib.


You've got to really try to catch a tube with a hook, and it'll take a while to deflate if it's just a pierced hole.

If you have a pump with you, it'll be easy to keep it pumped up as you go back to shore. By all means carry a clamshell in case of a bigger hole, but it's easier to fix a tiny hole.
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thank you ,i will get a clam just in case ,i was told theres a kit that you can apply even out at sea with the air comeing out ! i thought the escaping air would blow off any adhesive or patch ?
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Probably tear-aid. I wouldn't want to leave it on any length of time, but it wouldn't hurt to carry one.
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