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Old 12 April 2005, 15:09   #1
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:eh: Wot colour tubes???

Having new tubes made and wondering whether to change from the current orange scheme to black...fyi boat hull is black with orange hard bow cone (Osprey) and console / pods are orange with black cushions and hatches etc

What disadvantages are there to the darker colour?

Does it fade faster? I was hoping they might hide dirt / wear n tear better

I know that they will tend to heat up more: Are over pressure relief valves a must?

Any other thoughts (or colour scheme suggestions) appreciated!
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Marko pressure relief valves are essential on black tubes and I wouldn't risk not having them. They work well most of the time but did have one leak very slowly.

The other problem with dark tubes and obviously black is they are going to get very hot in the summer. How hot, well you won't be siting on them in the summer and that was off the North Antrim coast. Dread to think what it will be like the CI.

Difficult to know what to choose if the GRP is orange, how about a grey colour, won't fade like orange and is a much cooler tube colour in the sun.

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why not have black tubes with pr valves and orange wear/seating patches
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If the tubes are going to be replaced why not go the full hog and have the GRP painted in two pack, that way you could choose any colour scheme ?

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Thanks for the feedback guys...The point about the heat retention properties of black hypalon is a good one!

I don't really have anything against orange (which, afterall, would just be replacing like for like): However, I had thought that the black ribs I'd seen looked smart and that black might be more dirt / fade resistant? Is this the case, or does it show dirt and fade in UV just like other colours?

I suspect that the answer, as for all tubes, is regular use of cleaning and protection products, preferably allied to the use of a cover, but any more info. on this subject would be gratefully received! (new tubes are a big investment )
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The colour that looks new for the longest is definitely grey. It doesn't fade, and doesn't show the dirt!

I reckon grey tubes would look really good on your boat

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The colour that looks new for the longest is definitely grey. It doesn't fade, and doesn't show the dirt!

I reckon grey tubes would look really good on your boat

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Yeh grey everything it works for me Des
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I don't really have anything against orange (which, afterall, would just be replacing like for like): However, I had thought that the black ribs I'd seen looked smart and that black might be more dirt / fade resistant? Is this the case, or does it show dirt and fade in UV just like other colours?
Black doesn't seem to fade like blues, yellow or orange, but light or dark grey is my preference.

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I suspect that the answer, as for all tubes, is regular use of cleaning and protection products, preferably allied to the use of a cover, but any more info. on this subject would be gratefully received!
Don't get a black boat cover, temperature underneath on a hot summers day will be scortching to the deteriment of the boat tubes, fuel etc. Bembridge do a nice light grey cover for 165 if you haven't go one already.

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Yep which is why I think you might want to consider painting the boat when the tubes are off giving you any choice you like for tubes and hull colours. Most of the west country tube manfacturers have paterns for XR tubes as I have purchased the XR18 mould and been discussing options with them.

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Personally I think blue tubes with an orange hull look cracking!! Black tubes although they won't show up grease/oil marks they will show up salt and footprints etc making it very hard to keep your RIB looking top-notch all the time.

As regards which colour looks newest for longest and fades the least, the answer is any colour in PU (polyurethane) tubes, IMHO. They retain their colour & shine better and also mark less easily.

Here's a good link for colour choice, although it's of Tornados it gives a good idea:

http://www.boat-finder.com/12460/ind...ve_menu_id=266
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Personally I think blue tubes with an orange hull look cracking!!
Why thank you kind sir

I could not make up my mind so got some samples of the materials and that helped was going to be green and orange now blue and orange.
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