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Old 25 September 2017, 08:05   #1
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Good outcome after tube failure

Some of you may remember quite a while ago I posted some pics of one of our club ribs looking very sorry for itself with large areas of glue giving way.
A lot of people wanted me to name and shame but the company came up with a resolution which I think was very fair the boat being 7 years old and out of any warranty and not been well looked after. The company offered to retube the boat at half price 1500 for a 5m boat we also had the choice of polyurethane (as origional) or hypalon, we chose hypalon .The whole process took a long time partly due to club politics. The boat was delivered to the builder and was collected a couple of weeks ago looking very good
So a big thank you to Barnet Marine and XS Ribs for doing the decent thing and sorting out our problem
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Old 25 September 2017, 08:35   #2
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good outcome and a great deal looks really well
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Old 25 September 2017, 14:46   #3
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Good result.
A decent response from the manufacturer, no doubt helped by your well judged approach to the whole thing.

Of course there are sailing clubs all around the place looking at tired old ribs thinking.........
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If it wasn't for the XS name of the tubes it looks near identical to my old 4.8m Ribcraft
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That was a great resolution, win-win for Barnet Marines, XS Ribs and your club.

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Old 25 September 2017, 18:19   #6
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Good result.
A decent response from the manufacturer, no doubt helped by your well judged approach to the whole thing.

Of course there are sailing clubs all around the place looking at tired old ribs thinking.........
To be fair I didn't have high hopes when I contacted Barnet Marine when the boat was so old and had been kept outside uncovered all it's life.
I sent Lawrence some pictures and asked him to comment on the feasibility of repairing the boat thinking he may offer a tin of glue and some thinners. His reply was that the only answer was a complete retube which they would complete at a 50% discount as a goodwill gesture. I thought this was a very good offer and didn't even think it fair to push for more, the delay was mainly due to the club committee taking time to decide to go ahead.
Speaking to the guys at the factory the issue was caused by uv penetrating the material and degrading the adhesive apparently later polyurethane boats are built with material that doesn't allow uv to penetrate and all tube seams are welded which looks really good and should avoid the problems this boat had.
Obviously keeping the boat inside or even having a cover on would have avoided the problem so I'd imagine only the worst treated boats will suffer
The pu material itself had worn much better than the hypalon ribcrafts which all look much worse than this boat did (apart from the glue failure obviously)
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