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Old 05 May 2018, 12:38   #1
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Hi all, new to Forum so hello.
My first question
I have used the search engine and the answer seems to be 10-15 years for tube life on most RIBS

Currently thinking of looking at a 13 year old Tornado, 1 owner, and is described as in excellent condition, and from looks of pictures it does look it.

I am used to Tornado's my old dive club had a 6.5M then a 7.5M

So is it a risk to buy, bearing in mind if the average tube life is 10-15, then am i realistically looking at having to retube in 2-3 years time.

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Old 05 May 2018, 12:46   #2
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Lots of boats with tubes way older than that but it all comes down to condition, if it was kept inside or a mooring in UV etc will play a part.

It wouldn't put me off if the boat is in good condition and no signs of glue problems on seams.
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Old 05 May 2018, 13:07   #3
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It wouldn't put me off if the boat is in good condition and no signs of glue problems on seams.
Were tornados not welded back then?
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Old 05 May 2018, 14:09   #4
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In my 27 year old Avon SR6 the tubes are just fine and will have plenty more life left. Patches here and there, but it's easy to glue hypalon. I have repaired some PVC boats and the seams will let go eventually. In about 15-25 years. And then it's goodbye tubes.
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Were tornados not welded back then?
I doubt they were welded back then.
Whilst i believe that the gap between pu boats and hypalon boats has narrowed in recent years id be very cautious of an older pu boat i have just ordered new tubes for a 4.5m tornado a similar age due to uv degradation
If its spent a lot of time outside then its highly likely the seams will begin to fail
Check all the seams and edges of fittings on the topsides for any signs of edges lifitng if they are lifting at all then walk away
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Old 09 May 2018, 05:09   #6
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Hi all thanks for replies, food for thought, i may well have a look at the RIB as the pictures do it justice
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Hi all, didn't buy the Tornado in the end as it only had a 40hp engine on it and i felt it would be under powered.
Just put an offer in on a 4.8M RIBCRAFT with a 60hp Mariner.
As a matter of interest, anyone who has a RIBCRAFT 4.8M what are your thoughts, oh and what BAR pressure should the tubes be inflated too.
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Nice capable well built RIB...for its size very Seaworthy...and seem to hold thier value really well....what layout do you have??
A Sixty will give decent performance,but not blistering....they do come alive in the Rougher stuff though ...where I've seen them Dance around much bigger and more powerful Boats
See video "Small Boats Big Seas" a sub 5m round Britain challenge undertaken a few years back...Clips on YouTube I believe..
I do have a full copy on CD if you want it ...pm me
Always inflated Tubes by "feel" depending on temp/conditions... Done me Ok for many years!....You should also have pressure release vaulves fitted as standard by RC
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twin jockey console, 2x 25 litre fuel tanks, unfortunately deck mounted at rear near transom, however normally will be myself and the wife, so i think plenty of room for two, A frame, Blue Hypalon tubes, trailer needs TLC but RIB itself in good condition. RIB is 2004, ex sailing club, with a 2 year old Mariner 60, with 113.5 hours on.
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[QUOTE=TimB;784297]twin jockey console, 2x 25 litre fuel tanks, unfortunately deck mounted at rear near transom, however normally will be myself and the wife, so i think plenty of room for two, A frame, Blue Hypalon tubes, trailer needs TLC but RIB itself in good condition. RIB is 2004, ex sailing club, with a 2 year old Mariner 60, with 113.5 hours on.[/QUOTE

I cannot understand why people spec Their NEW RIB's (where space is ALWAYS at a premium) and Balance is so important...with deck/surface rear mounted Fuel tanks.

I know most makers don't give the option on the smaller stuff....but if it IS an option (as with RC) it would be very top of my list.
...The rest sounds alright
If you do end up with this one....The very best of luck Enjoy!
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