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Old 02 June 2013, 08:08   #1
Country: Canada
Town: halifax
Make: zodiac,bombard
Length: 4m +
Engine: 20hp,50hp Johnson
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380 rib retube or swap

I have a 380 zodiac rib and the tubes are not in great condition. I was thinking how exspencive retubes are. Could i just buy a cheep sib and remove the tubes and put then on my rib. There would be plenty of fabric in the floor to attach it to the hull and transome. Has anybody else thougght about doing this.

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Old 02 June 2013, 11:06   #2
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Each boat is different. They take different size diameter and shape tubes I don't think you would get a decent match off tubes from a different boat. When you say 'the tubes aren't great' does that suggest they just look a bit shabby or they are completely shot? How old are the tubes and are they hypalon or PVC? A proper re-tube for a 3.8m rib will be in excess of 2000 I suspect. Maybe more.

Post some pics so some more experienced people have a chance to look and see what sort of state they are in
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