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Old 03 September 2011, 10:33   #1
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Hi guys, had the new 5.5 Destroyer a couple of months now and we are very pleased. Just a couple of questions ........can any body recomend a winter type cover for the above boat......which if any the best tube cleaner....how to best clean the hull as it has been on a mooring for a few weeks ( amazing how quick growth builds up)...Anti fowl next year?.....having submerged the trailer (Snipe) a couple of times, and flushed it all well should i be worring about the hubs?....any body had a wave bilge type pump while on a mooring to save having a battery powerd one. Thats all the questions for now, as usual your responce will be most welcome. PS the boat has been one of the best things we have ever done!!
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Old 03 September 2011, 16:25   #2
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Hello phil, might be worth searching the forum alot of posts about rib cleaning. I have old tubes and I used turtle was car shampoo worked a treat.
Covers - if your getting a custom made one check the weight of the fabric hence why some are more expensive. Contact local companys who specialise in curtain sides for lorrys, sail makers even banner companys as they have the ability to hem and put eyelets on.
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rib shop on here rib revive- amazing difference.
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Old 03 September 2011, 18:15   #4
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Yep I am with chris on this one . Use Rib Revive all the time and brings my yellow tubes up a treat.

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Old 04 September 2011, 16:35   #5
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Thank you!

Any other advise re the trailer?
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Boat Trailers

Yes, boat trailers are a necessary evil, but assuming you do not dry stack, one we have to put up with because alternative systems are expensive (search on Bedajim for exotic trailers!) Anyway, with proper maintenance a 'normal' british trailer will be reliable for a season. So, to assure reliable service, try to service the trailer each year.
Searches on Ribnet will give you the does and don'ts, generally open taper bearings (preferably with bearing savers) as opposed to the sealed variety, are preferred, and keep on top of brake maintenance (if fitted). It is often brakes that cause bearing failure by binding, getting the hub assembly hot, and causing the grease to abandon ship.
After each dip flush out the brake drums as best you can - there are after market flushing kits you can fit. Some even suggest that brake drum flushing is not necessary - I subscribe to the flush it if you can view, but form your own opinions! Other than this, a general hose down to get the salt off, and common sense check over of the hitch and bolt tightness is about all you can do.
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