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Old 05 April 2007, 11:32   #1
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Foam Filler for Tubes?

So...the bulkheads seperating the inner chambers of my tubes were cut out by the previous owner. This is irreparable and replacing the tubes would probably cost $3000. I have seen that some people fill their tubes with foam to deal with this type of problem. Does anyone know where I could get some of that stuff?
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Old 05 April 2007, 14:58   #2
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Foam adds a lot of weight - soaks up water and lessens the shock absorbing etc.

How did they cut out the baffles - and how do you know? They may just be leaking.

One solution could be to cut off the ends of the tubes and shove inf;latable sausages up them - bit drastic though!!!
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Old 05 April 2007, 17:07   #3
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One solution could be to cut off the ends of the tubes and shove inf;latable sausages up them - bit drastic though!!!
That's exactly what I am going to do and I have two inflated sausages getting in the friggin way in my garage right at this moment
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Old 05 April 2007, 17:29   #4
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Inflatable Sausage?

What is inflatable Sausage and where can I get some?
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Re Inner Tubes / "Sausages"

Prhaps this might assist:
http://www.geminiindustries.co.uk/in...s%20prices.htm

The guy sent me sample sections, if I get a leak, I will be going this path in the future. there are different thicknesses of it. Hope this helps!

(I had an older rib that was leaking, I decided to get a new one. I then dismantled the old one completely so I would see how they are built. Once I saw the tube structure, I would have no hesitation in using the inner tube idea.....at the price, they won't break the bank & cheaper than a re-tube if funds are tight)
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The question is.. How long does it stay inflated?

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What is inflatable Sausage and where can I get some?
One time we were out on a rib and we started losing pressure and it looked like the boat might take on water... so one of the ladies on board grabbed a hold of the inflatable sausage and started pumping... well let me tell you, we didn't worry about the boat sinking anymore after that... although we did spring another brief leak...
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I think I'll get an inflatable sausage that the missus can grab hold of. Where do you get them?
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I believe this company has the proper foam - never tried it though.....
http://www.jgreer.com/Foam%20Page.htm
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Thanks A Lot

I've looked all over the internet for inflatable sausages and couldn't find them. That link is really helpful.

Also, I knew the foam existed but couldn't find it either. Thanks for that link.

You all have saved me a whole lot of stress and helped salvage my boat. Thanks for the help.
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I've looked all over the internet for inflatable sausages and couldn't find them. That link is really helpful.

Also, I knew the foam existed but couldn't find it either. Thanks for that link.

You all have saved me a whole lot of stress and helped salvage my boat. Thanks for the help.
For "inflatable sausages" you need to search this forum for a thread by BogMonster and the problems he was/is having with his humber and its failing organge tubes. (or pm him I am sure he will be able to point you towards it). he has invented a solution which involves making (or having made) an inflatable sausage. But if it is the whole tube (rather than just the rear sections) the gemini approach may work better.
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