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Old 04 September 2013, 16:55   #1
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Rusty ring problem...

Sorry about the dodgy sounding thread title!

Ive come to quite like my SIB today after finally getting it into the Thames for its first run, that is apart from the metal rings that the grab ropes go through are completely rusted up. Is there anyway to replace them with proper stainless ones or could i maybe try painting with Hammerite...

Ideally i dont want to spend too much as its mostly cosmetic but i will be replacing the rope soon so dont want it rust stained!
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Old 04 September 2013, 17:11   #2
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Madness what make Sib?

I'd just paint them especially if your not keeping it.
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Old 04 September 2013, 17:15   #3
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I would replace them with something like these
25 X boat cover eyelets No1 Grommets marine grade | eBay
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If they're for the lifelines (grab lines, whatever you want to call them), I'd expect them to be larger than #1's. Zero's or double-ought, I'd think.

Parachute outfitters often have stainless grommets.

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It's a Suzumar SIB that appears to have had very little use but what it did have was in salt water (boat smelled of salt before i cleaned it) so i guess thats the problem. Considering Suzumar stands for Suzuki Marine you would think they would use materials up for the job!?!?

I'm leaning towards painting them but would prefer to replace as i quite like the boat, its the limit of size and weight i can handle at 3.5 meters and 50kg (the new one i looked at was 42kg) but i guess the extra weight means its thicker which i prefer.

How are the the rings removed/replaced?
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Old 04 September 2013, 19:02   #6
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How are the the rings removed/replaced?[/QUOTE]

To remove I use a pair of pliers or side cutters/ pincers go around the ring & turn it in on itself until it falls apart ,
To replace proper you will need a punch & die that matches the size as in the photo
if you buy a kit you sometimes get a set thrown in for free ,
Try a sail maker or decent chandler or even a tent or canvas cover supplier banner or sign maker .

I find its best to have another person hold something solid such as a lump or sledge hammer so you can then tap & swage with a smaller hammer holding the punch part until both parts go tight together .

If you can get hold of the eyelets but not the punch & die with a bit of care & gentle tapping & patience you can do it with just the ball part a ball pien hammer ,,, much easier with the correct size punch & die though .
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Exactly the same problem with my 2002 Yam. I think it must be more from storage without a proper rinse-down first.

I'll be replacing them, along with the partially-corroded floor rivets with daubs of zinc paint to protect the steel mandrels. I'm not so inclined to aesthetically conceal known issues with paint if selling the boat on.

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