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Old 20 August 2006, 02:43   #11
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okay some different views, however if the tubes are set to be hard on a hot day then they might be a little soggy when its cloudy but adjusting them a couple of times a year isn't a harship surely. The only boat with black tubes I have owned was a little Sparrowhawk. Tubes were always leaking and nearly flat due to the blow off valves leaking all to time and it needed pumping up every trip a real pain. To solve this we used diving clyinders with an A clamp and a piece of hose taped on. The real solution was lighter coloured tubes though.

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Well don't blow your RIB up this way: http://www.zippyvideos.com/872551029.../blowing_boat/
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Well don't blow your RIB up this way: http://www.zippyvideos.com/872551029.../blowing_boat/


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Unless you have dark coloured tubes there just isn't a need in this country if the owner has a bit of common sence. Can't see you needing them in the FI either. Its a rib, stop worrying about it and just use it

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Another dissenter, Pete.

My Polaris has light grey tubes, and will go from sagging to too-hard with the heat of the northern California sun.

Which is nothing compared to trailering the boat from the SF Bay area to Lake Tahoe (sea level to 6200 ft by way of an 7400 ft pass.) First had to stop a couple of times int he central valley, as temps soared to well over 100F (from about 70 at home), then about every thousand to 1500 feet as I climbed the Sierras. Topped the pass, and had to stop a couple of times to put enough air in to keep the tubes from flapping in the wind. Reversed on the way home (except it was night, so central valley heat wasn't an issue.)

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