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Old 31 May 2009, 15:02   #1
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Help....Patience expiring!

Hi Guys,

Firstly hello to all, you have a great forum I just hope somebody can offer some advice to my problem!

I have a gemini Industries 6.0 metre RIB with the PVC stitched tubes and inner tube design. I bought the boat new 2 years ago and have only used it a handful of times over the last 18 months however endeavour to make more time this season. However I have had it out of storage for the last few weeks and every time the sun beams down it and the tubes firm up it busts the glued strip holding the tubes on the inside of the hull I admit there isnt much of a glued surface to hold to but surely this shouldnt keep happening and short of letting the tubes down all the time there must be a better solution! Any ideas guys maybe somebody has had a similar experience?

Any help would be much appreciated or I am going to spend the whole summer regluing properly!!

Thanks in advance, Luke
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Old 31 May 2009, 15:22   #2
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Could you somehow have pressure relief valves fitted?
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Old 31 May 2009, 15:23   #3
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Welcome to Rib.net
A search on here for 'gemini industries' will tell you a lot.
When you bought it, was there any guarantee on the tubes?
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Old 31 May 2009, 15:25   #4
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Unfortunately Gemini haven't got the best reputation.
When you say firm up are the tubes at normal operating pressure?
You could try glue a larger strip on the inside?

Have you any photos?

Forgot to say welcome to the forum!
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Unfortunately Gemini haven't got the best reputation.
I don't have a huge amount of experience with Gemini, but the Zapcats I've driven have been - I thought - extremely well built boats
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Different Gemini... Zapcats are Gemini in SA.

Gemini Industries were a different outfit.
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Old 31 May 2009, 16:33   #7
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Hi Guys thanks for your responses. I have emailed Gemini Industries today reference relief valves so will see what their response is! I wish I had read the reports on the forum before I purchased the boat, but still nedd to try and make good a bad situation now. I have emailed Ribraff he seems to be very knowlegable on the subject. I have attatched some pics so you know what Im talking about.

Should the actual tube be bonded to the hull or is it just the strip on the inside and outside?

Thanks again Guys,

Luke
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The tube itself should be glued to the hull, it then has the two strips like you have glued on too.
You could try and clean it up and re-glue it?
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We have sorted a few problems on the Gemini industries boats, we are just down the road from you , your are welcome to run it in and we will happily give you a price to do the job or just tell you what you need and how to do it.

Just give us a call if you want to run it down.
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