Originally Posted by dij66
now off to give it a go, glued the new keel in yesterday so should be cured by now.
Pete, the boat will be permanently trailered as it has the steering console, may remove this and go back to tiller control but I will give it a go. We have an avon 4m workboat at work which is tiller controlled so used to both.
To answer the original questions
1. New Zodiac speed tubes are normally available for Futuras, as new and genuine parts. However this assumes the boat is not too old that Zodiac have stopped making them. The awkward thing is always finding out exactly what the right part number of the replacement tubes is to fit your particular boat.
2. The boat will not corner/turn very well without the tubes
3. They are a bugger to mend properly, simply because the curvature on the tubes is so tight that getting patches to stick is awkward