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Old 18 January 2006, 07:27   #1
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Leaks between chambers...

Does anyone have a cunning plan to cure leaks between tube chambers? the searider keeps pressure for several weeks but if I pump up one of the three portside chambers they all inlate - effectively it is now a three chamber boat so not too alarming safety wise but would be good to fix hopefully without a retubing bill!
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Old 18 January 2006, 07:33   #2
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George, are you absolutely sure that you have a leak between chambers? On all the RIBs that I've been on, if you pump up one chamber it will affect the adjacent one and so on. This is because the "dome" at the end of the chamber you are inflating presses on the dome at the end of the adjacent chamber, compresses it and therefore appears to inflate the adjacent chamber as well.
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Thanks JIY good point - (and thanks for moving post to the right forum )

I guess the best way to check would be to completely deflate the chambers then inlate individually - retire to a safe distance with suitable liquid refreshment and wait?
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Now that sounds like a good plan!!!

Have one for me,

Jim

p.s. Think John must have moved the thread.
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HI George,

I noticed one of my tubes has a slow leak into the adjacent tube as well. I think its probably nothing to worry about unless it were a very big one. Even then I probably wouldn't want to tear into it to fix. I had deflated completely the adjacent tube and pumped the other up to 2.5 psi and over the night air leaked into the adjacent inflating it slowly. I guess its a good thing they have a small leak. You can see it as "intercommunicating valves" like a Zodiac
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Thanks for the replies - not had a chance to test yet although I have at least managed to drink lots of beer!
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Just think positively. All the sections will be at the same pressure.
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