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Old 21 July 2003, 04:14   #1
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin.
Boat name: Tender 2.
Make: Valiant DR 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150 Optimax
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How do you store your rib ?

My Zodiac lives on the marina in Dublin for at least six months of the year. How many of you keep the boat on the water and how many keep them on the trailer ??

Trailer boys.... do you think the tubes last longer out of the water ?

How many keep a cover over the rib when not in use ??

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Old 21 July 2003, 04:43   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Bristol
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Mine lives on the trailer and when not in use I put a cover over it. Stops the sun and prevents the seagulls messing on it.


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Old 21 July 2003, 07:37   #3
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Town: Gosport
Boat name: April Lass
Make: Moody 31
Length: 9m +
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9 months a year in a marina.

Saves a lot of time lauching and recovering plus messing about with wheel bearings, but needs antifouling with a strong stuff to cope with the weed, slime and barnacles in the Solent. It has just taken all weekend to antifoul the hull and used 70 of VC Offshore paint. I will report back on the paint in a few months.

Boat currently has half cover and will have a full one next winter.

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Old 21 July 2003, 07:53   #4
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On trailer, full cover.

Dunno about tubes lasting longer... mine sit high out of the water anyway, and not had the RIB very long.

A friend of mine keeps his RIB in a marina all year round, but lifts out every two weeks for a scrub down as he's got no antifouling.
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Old 21 July 2003, 11:26   #5
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Cardiff
Make: Humber Destroyer 5.5
Length: 5m +
Engine: 90hp OB
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On trailer - with boat cover and under car port.

Previous owner on trailer under cover.

I'm told the previous owner was compulsive about covering the boat when ever possible this certainly explains why the tubes are in such good condition.
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Old 21 July 2003, 12:38   #6
Country: UK - England
Town: Leatherhead
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On trailer with o/a cover.

Tubes as good as new with no fading or cracking. Pressure also released when stored but not enough to let tubes go out of shape.
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Old 22 July 2003, 03:12   #7
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Country: UK - England
Town: Salcombe, Devon, UK
Boat name: BananaShark
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Length: 10m +
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Under cover in the workshop - never left out!
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When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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Old 22 July 2003, 04:50   #8
Country: UK - England
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Length: 4m +
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Mine lives in my garage, not only is it nice and dark in there to stop the tubes fading any more than they are already but its also nice and safe well out of sight of any would be thief, also its great as i can pretty much leave the boat in a ready to go state, i dont worry about deflating the tubes as they do that on their own, all but one chamber seems to have small leaks so over a few days the tubes go a little soft, suppose its just its age, airs still free so its not a big problem.

I've a small extension on the back of my garage making it to a total of about 9 metres long, recon i could alter the back wall a little and get an even bigger boat in their at some point in the future, just gives me options for the future.

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Old 22 July 2003, 05:37   #9
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Boat name: Spud
Make: BWM
Length: 5.75
Engine: Mariner 125
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My current RIB "Spud" spent the winter in a potatoe shed under cover on the trailer. Begining of the season it was in the marina for 3 weeks and used everyday. Once taken out after that period there was a bit of growth but nothing major. Right now it lives under cover on it's tailer in the trailer park. But I let the tubes down so that at midday they are soft to the touch, but this means that at night they get 'out of shape'.

The boat I am looking at buying has pressure reliefe values but the tubes are very hard all the time. It has lived on a mooring in a harbour, but it didnt dry out. But it does have anitfouling.

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