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Old 05 July 2007, 06:58   #1
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Is this a goer do you think?

Right I can get hold of this brand new inflatable boat for a very cheap sum - I am thinking of buying, then butchering for the tubes and putting on my 4metre searider- any thoughts so far?

The new tubes on the boat are heavy duty PVC or hypalon (waiting for confirmation) on this
TUBE DIAMETER 50 CMS
AVAILABLE IN GREY ONLY
4 compartments

OVERALL DIMS: 400 X 200 CMS
STOWED DIMS: 140 X 80 X 40 CMS


My old shafted hypalon tubes are 17" (43cm) in diameter - 3 compartments

right let the abuse or thumbs up commence!!

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Old 05 July 2007, 07:33   #2
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I have a feeling that this is one of those you'll know when you try situations why not ask Paul Tilley?

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Old 05 July 2007, 08:20   #3
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i would not try it and i have put one or two tubes on before !!! the inflatable is obviously cheap because it is made from pvc ,bad starting point . are the inflatable tubes the same shape as your avon or just look similar .if you do try it please post photos ,if it works do you want a job !!
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Old 05 July 2007, 09:02   #4
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Come on Paul you know NOTHING!!! That job would be so simple. All you have to do is put the Avon on top and use a few ratchet straps!!!
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Old 05 July 2007, 09:25   #5
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The floor

If you do do it and want to dispose of the flooring, I'll take it off your hands. It might fit my Zodiac SIB which has an inflatable floor that could do with a bit more rigidity sometimes - especially for fishing.
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Old 05 July 2007, 11:15   #6
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i would not try it and i have put one or two tubes on before !!! the inflatable is obviously cheap because it is made from pvc ,bad starting point . are the inflatable tubes the same shape as your avon or just look similar .if you do try it please post photos ,if it works do you want a job !!
if they are made the same as there 3.3 metre inflatable boat in terms material what then paul?
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Old 05 July 2007, 12:10   #7
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Olly stop sniffing the glue!
If you are going to fit these cheep sib tubes have you priced up some hypalon with you fitting?
I would have thought fitting hypalon tubes would increase the value & fitting ex sib tubes will make it a dogs dinner!
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Old 05 July 2007, 12:22   #8
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I see where you coming from, qoutes are coming in around 1800 on average - these are still new tubes and are the same length (4m), i just want a boat i can bloody well use for a bit, sell it all working and get something larger
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I see where you coming from, qoutes are coming in around 1800 on average - these are still new tubes and are the same length (4m), i just want a boat i can bloody well use for a bit, sell it all working and get something larger
Then if you are thinking of selling it I would say stick with hyoalon it will be much more salable in the end & for more money!
& you know they will fit & look right! If you chop up a sib & stick the tubes on & it all goes pair shape you will have nothing left for you money & hard work!
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Depends upon the price you're paying for the SIB, might well be worth the risk if major savings are to be made. As for resale after the job, if it looks good after the fit, and you wanted to sell it, I wouldn't adverise it as PVC, if she looks good then I doubt that anyone other that purists would notice it being anything other than Hypalon.

Would be nice to see you back on the water and give you some gluing experience to boot.

Go for it!
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