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Old 01 November 2013, 14:23   #21
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that sounds more positive, you need to find out now if its the valves or where they are glued to the tubes
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Old 01 November 2013, 16:15   #22
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You could also buy a complete tube rather than patch it up. Looks like Naivasha from the picture but could be wrong. It's not a place I would want to be with a rib that's not 100%.
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Old 01 November 2013, 16:25   #23
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You could also buy a complete tube rather than patch it up. Looks like Naivasha from the picture but could be wrong. It's not a place I would want to be with a rib that's not 100%.
It was Naivasha - but will be used at the coast. Replacement tubes are pretty expensive are they not? Whats the usual price for something this size? I think i'll stick to some patching and might look for some tuff-coat style coating as the leaks don't seem to be too bad.

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I think the tubes become expensive due to labour. Guess you need to look around here as there are sellers.
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I think the tubes become expensive due to labour. Guess you need to look around here as there are sellers.
Well labour here is very cheap. But I doubt that there is a place that makes tubes here as not many people own RIBs. I have found a place in South Africa that claims to do retuning for 500 for a 5 meter boat. So that sounds decent - but shipping might add up.

I'd have to find someone to fit the tubes here. Firsts first though I'm going to replace the valves and hope for some advice on sealing the leak on the top right seam.

Hopefully that should work well, the tubes deflate very slowly other than the front one. They seem quite repairable.
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Old 02 November 2013, 15:10   #26
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Please stop posting pictures, its depressing me. Right now here in the UK its cold, very windy, raining and dark at 5 o'clock

Good luck with the build.
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Old 10 November 2013, 14:03   #27
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Just an update - getting a decent pvc repair here is next to impossible (it would seem) so the options I have is to have a go at sealing the boat up with a mate who works on white water rafts a lot - or to try that tuff-coat stuff (although mixed reviews).

The other option - which I am taking quite seriously - is to remove the tubes and send them deflated to South Africa where there are a load of companies that will produce replacements for about 1000 or less.

Quite keen on this as the boat would basically be new, my tilt and trim is broken and will need new motors also, I am back in the UK in four weeks and will get someone to look at it when I am there.

If the tubes arrived and just needed to be attached to the boat - how much of a job is it?!
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Old 10 November 2013, 14:28   #28
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Look up a post by slimtim (i think)some years ago, he built up a 5m Shakespeare and fitted tubes himself. You might find some tips in there.

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Just an update - getting a decent pvc repair here is next to impossible.....
If you are coming over to UK in 4 weeks time then we can supply the items to repair your collar/tube and then you can take back with you: i.e. replacement valve kit, PVC fabric, 2-pack adhesive etc.

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If you are coming over to UK in 4 weeks time then we can supply the items to repair your collar/tube and then you can take back with you: i.e. replacement valve kit, PVC fabric, 2-pack adhesive etc.

We also have an e-library for free repair help & advice.

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The South African company that made the boat will do me new ones for 1000 plus maybe 350 shipping costs. So doubt with labour costs in the UK that it is worth it - plus trying to get them on a plane is not going to be easy!

Correct me if I am wrong! Thanks though
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