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Old 04 May 2010, 05:20   #1
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Deflating Tubes

I am about to purchase a new RIB and to store it I would like to deflate it. This could possibly happen everyday as I will be using it on a dive safari boat. I have heard that this is not a good idea as it could cause damage to the tubes? Any advice?

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Old 04 May 2010, 06:17   #2
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If you mean it will be carried at sea on a bigger boat, with the tubes flopping around as the mother ship moves, then I wouldn't have thought it was a good idea as it will impose stress points where all the weight is hanging off places like the attachment at the top of the transom. Tubes are designed to be strong when inflated as the stresses are evenly distributed along the seams and attachments, but think you would have problems in the long term with carrying it deflated where the tubes are going to move around. Just my 2p.
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