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Old 17 January 2015, 21:02   #1
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How long to expect hypalon RIB to last?

Im curious, if you picked up say a well looked after 10 year old hypalon RIB, with a few minor cosmetic issues, brought it back to life with elbow grease. How long would could you hope the boat may last for?

Of course along the way there will be glueing needing done and more elbow grease and maintenance?

Im referring to say sub 5m ribs here.
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Old 17 January 2015, 22:42   #2
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I've seen 20 year old hypalon SIB's routinely carrying divers.

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Old 17 January 2015, 23:04   #3
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I have 29 year old tubes on my 7m. They had punctures but the seams are solid.

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Old 17 January 2015, 23:38   #4
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so how do you know when hypalon is shot. is it when it gets that porous look to it and doesnt hold air? i saw a sad avon like that, was only 20ish years old but was a small 10ft rib and the guy had it outside in the sun 24/7 and never washed it.

so theoretically hypalon boats can last as long as any other type of boat provided they are covered and washed?
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I am interested as well. I purchased a 10'2 avon this past week that had a canvas cover over the tubes. (was used as a dingy on larger sailboat) Although pasty the tubes are in good condition. I think the year on the boat is a 2001.

Is there a particular product that is recommended for maintaining the life of hypalon tubes? Wax etc?

Will definitely be keeping it covered while not in use but am hoping to get a good decade out of her!
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Our boat is 2004, the hypalon tubes look faded and have the odd patch, but hold air perfectly and I expect will last for a very long time.
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Hypalon is generally 3 layers: An inner neoprene layer (airtight), a fabric weave (dimensional strength), and a hypalon outer layer (sun and chemical resistance.)

As long as the hypalon retains most of its protective properties, and the whole bonded sandwich doesn't start falling apart, the rest should be OK (as long as the glue holds - that's a different matter.)

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I've seen 20 year old hypalon SIB's routinely carrying divers.

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I have a 23 year old PVC boat that carries divers. The glue failed and was replaced, but I plan to get more than a few years of service out of it. If not in the tropics and the material is well cared for I would expect a LOT more years from a hypalon built boat
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Old 19 January 2015, 04:40   #10
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My SR 4 is over 40 yrs. old, but unfortunatly I have to give the tubes a couple of blasts with the pump once a year. At the moment it is with Edd Nugent having the transom replaced, and I must say he is doing a brill job..
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