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Old 20 June 2016, 15:24   #1
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RNLI Bladders - Are they still usable

Hello. I am ex RNLI bladder and was wondering when is it time to call it a day with them? I have attached some photos. Do you think it would be okay? If not can it be repaired?

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Old 20 June 2016, 15:43   #2
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do you want to be sitting in a boat with 30L of petrol slopping round your feet? when all your fuel is on "deck" how will you run the engine?

Of course you could patch the damage, but how confident would you be?
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Old 20 June 2016, 15:56   #3
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So this orange material is the actual tank or is this a covering? There are no holes I can see all the way through.


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Ive had a couple but like new condition, not seen one like that. I use a cut off bike tube valve in a piece of tubing to pressure test them - pump to 30 psi and spray soapy water all over. No leaks.
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They are made from the same sort of fabric as boat tubes. Inner neoprene type rubber for a seal, then a fabric layer for strength and then the outside that protects it all. These are all laminated together in one fabric, not like a bike tyre with an inner tube. You are worn through to at least the middle layer in several places.
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I have two of them. Both in similar condition. Don't know whether to try get them repaired. There aren't many around and need one for my Y class. Cheers


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Old 20 June 2016, 17:05   #7
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I think they are thermo welded. Not easy to repair. Never understood why no Chinese manufacturer is making an affordable version. Bladders work great on SIBs, much more space friendly than tanks.

BTW, man - you've got some dirty fingers!
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I've emailed Seaflex hoping they can help.

And Max, just been fiddling with 20hp Yamaha I recently picked up. Got it running sweet now 😉


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Great, should be perfect on the Y.
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If I can get a fuel bag working... 😂


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