Originally Posted by codprawn
Don't go near any glue ever again - please!!!
Looks great - usual Tilley craftsmanship.
Just one question - as they seem to be quite large why didn't you get them made a bit longer with a rounded bit at the front to join them together???
The answer to the question in your 3rd paragraph lies with the fact I want to go along with the advice in your 1st paragraph
1) I hate gluing and never want to do any again. It is a fiddly, irritating and frustrating job, I have no patience with fiddly, irritating and frustrating jobs and I know when it is best to leave it to somebody who knows what they are doing!
2) There is nobody here who is likely to be any better at retubing than I am (which is bad news, see 1) for some of the reasons)
3) I have nowhere I can fit a whole boat under cover and heated to the optimum temperature for the glue to cure and it is too cold for most of the year to think about doing it outside - global warming is a myth and only exists in the northern hemisphere!!
4) If I tear all the old tubes off the boat and then can't fix it then I am really b&ggered and the whole thing would be scrap value only.
5) A new set of tubes was cheaper than I expected but still 3x the cost of the sausages
6) This has other advantages in being able to remove them from the boat and repair them indoors, as well as being stronger (probably) - double thickness of fabric = built in wear patch right where it matters
The sausages only do the aft chambers so less than half the length of the boat - they are about 1.75m long.
If I ever bought another RIB I'd give serious consideration to something that had removable tubes that can be changed out as a DIY job but I think only Zodiac offer that and they are expensive and not really what I want. I just wish Osprey made a Vipermax with removable tubes because then the decision would be easy! But for now this should keep me in the water for a good while I hope - in another 12 to 18 months I might be in a position to think about a new boat again.