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Old 13 January 2007, 11:51   #1
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Detachable Tubes

Looking to the future .... I know there are some makes of RIB out there which have some sort of detachable tube system.

From an article in RIB Intl I know the Halmatic Arctic 24 has, because there's an article about a lifeboat RIB with this feature. But I guess Halmatics are probably "not in my price range by a long way" as I think they are heavy duty commercial stuff.

Do any of the "affordable" RIB manufacturers do this, or at least offer it as an option? It seems like such a good idea for somebody in my situation, because at the end of the day if you do end up with a set of scrap tubes for whatever reason, you can order a complete new set and fit them relatively easily. Apart from the one article in RIB Intl though, I've never seen anything about it?
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Old 13 January 2007, 12:23   #2
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Zodiac. A flange with a piped edge slides into a groove.
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Old 13 January 2007, 12:25   #3
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Stephen the tubes on my zodiac come off ,I have never bothered but i was talking to a guy with a zodiac and he said he often takes them off for cleaning etc they come off easy enough,but you need another pair of hands to get them back on .
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Yup. My Hurricane tubes are bolted on, but I understand it's quite a job to replace them. I think the newer ones use a slotted flange system which is apparently much easier to use...
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There are also a few manufacturers who bolt their tubes on. Normally there is a clamping strip to distribute the pressure along the tube flange.


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But I guess Halmatics are probably "not in my price range by a long way" as I think they are heavy duty commercial stuff.
New, don't even ask, however ex RN then they are quite reasonable.

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I donít know how popular they are on the other side of the pond but Nautica also offers removable tubes.
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Zodiac. A flange with a piped edge slides into a groove.
Interesting. All Zodiacs, or just some of them? Will have to look into that...makes a retube a lot easier and gives me a boat with a much longer useful life if the cost is just about bearable. I don't know anything about Zodiacs though (except for that CZ7 which is on my "lottery list" )
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Old 14 January 2007, 05:47   #10
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I can say they do have crack problems with some of their ranges of hulls, you will find some posts i,m sure
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