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Old 02 June 2009, 14:53   #11
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Aren't the tubes foam covered hypalon/PU ones? Can you post a picture of a valve as it looks like they're set quite a way in the tube.
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Old 02 June 2009, 16:12   #12
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Yes il take a better picture next time im there, forgive my ignorance, but regarding the valve position, is this where there are several of the small circular cut outs in the foam? I did notice that the foam had been patched repaired in a couple of places (cant see it in any of the pics), so this would imply an inflated core, rather than a solid foam tube?

EDIT - also in one of the pictures, there appears to be a kind of 'lip' in the foam, when I was there I could lift this lip away from the remainder of the tube (not a nice example, but like rolls of flab, sorry) so perhaps it is rolled foam of some kind ontop of an inflatable core as you say. But for some reason this 'lip' is only on one side and not mirrored.
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Out of interest, I'm pretty certain that's not ex-RNLI. Doesn't look to be like any style of boat of theirs that I can think of.

Probable history, given its "white cross" refective markings, is that it was a fast response craft used in the offshore industry, probably a daughter craft for a standby vessel - we have a few like this around the fleet and they're fairly distinctive. The other possible is it was a training vessel from Warsash.

Looks a good project though!
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There was one for sale on Portland for years in the mid 90s. Think it had a Volvo TAMD 31 type of engine, 4 cylinders and about 130 hp.

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Old 03 June 2009, 15:30   #15
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Out of interest, I'm pretty certain that's not ex-RNLI. Doesn't look to be like any style of boat of theirs that I can think of.
You might be right, it was just a hunch going by how it looks I suppose. My old man said it was used in the North Sea...but for what purpose im not sure.

Might chase Schat Harding tommorrow, this waiting game is killing me. Anyway iv bought myself a boat cover:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Boat-Cover-Top...3A1%7C294%3A30

Im intent on giving it a really good clean at the weekend, probably with TFR if its appropriate for use on this tubing material. Then will cover it to stop is getting messy.

Its a shame in a way that its an inboard jet driven boat, as its not as simple as removing and replacing. If it had 130hp at manufacture then after almost 20 years im looking at something considerably less, although the engine was overhauled not that long ago.
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Anyway iv bought myself a boat cover:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Boat-Cover-Top...3A1%7C294%3A30
Ah, another member for the club.

The boat looks good by the way.
Hope to see you out on the Solent soon.

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Old 03 June 2009, 15:50   #17
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You might be right, it was just a hunch going by how it looks I suppose. My old man said it was used in the North Sea...but for what purpose im not sure.
As said doesn't look RNLI, it does look like an FRC off a Standby Boat.
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Hello, the rib was cleaned over the weekend. Tubes came out nice. Used TFR with a pressure washer. Although there are still some minor stains I guess these will never be removable. Shall post pictures soon.

have a couple more questions. Could anyone tell me what the name is for the rubber strips down the edge of the tubes as shown in the pics. Im after some replacements as its come off in an area. Also is there any wax product or similar that can revive the tube material even further? Tubes are solid foam btw, and are cracked due to exposure over the years.

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Old 05 July 2009, 08:54   #19
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oooohhh if it has solid foam filled tubes then its not a true RIB ,,,,,,only joking,,,,,though i doubt its an ex rnli ,unless it had been loaned to them for evaluation trials for a while ,as chewy says it looks more commercial ex frc or safety boat ,going by the way its marked up with retro refletive tape .but you will have an excellent boat when its finished and sorted . mart .
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Hello, the rib was cleaned over the weekend. Tubes came out nice. Used TFR with a pressure washer. Although there are still some minor stains I guess these will never be removable. Shall post pictures soon.

have a couple more questions. Could anyone tell me what the name is for the rubber strips down the edge of the tubes as shown in the pics. Im after some replacements as its come off in an area. Also is there any wax product or similar that can revive the tube material even further? Tubes are solid foam btw, and are cracked due to exposure over the years.

Thanks.
You don't need a pressure washer - concentrated TFR and a nylon brush is the way to do it - the scruubing action is essential - a normal hosepipe does the rest. Did you use a brush???
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