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Old 18 July 2011, 15:26   #1
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I have a just put my rib into the marina but the tubes go flat after a couple of days. When it was stored in the warehouse the tubes would lose a little bit of air but nowhere near as much as they do now.What are your thoughts on what the problem could be? Cheers Richie
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Old 19 July 2011, 02:02   #2
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Without stating the obvious .. crap tube work .. I had a seasport 5.8 from the 99 ..2000 era and it did exactly the same since it was brand new .. quite depressing really.

Touching the cold water doesnt help, but it sure defeats the purpose of a RIB. The last RIB I had was a Valiant, and by contrast, it never had a puff of air in its tubes in 2 years straight.

You could have a hunt and try to eliminate the worst ones my port aft tube was the worst on that boat,.. use soapy water and look for leaks at tube seams, valves, and around scores or marks, and you could maybe elimate the worst offenders to keep them up for longer
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Old 19 July 2011, 10:19   #3
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Thats my next step put the boat back on the trailer. Have bought new valves and will change them, just cant understand how it stays up for so long in the warehouse were it is stored
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If it has pressure relief valves fitted these may be venting off on the hot sunny days we get this time of year, for you to come along & find it deflated after!
This would not happen to the same extent if under cover & out of the sun as the temp will be at a more constant level!
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The leaks that occurred in the store will loose air even quicker when the pressure builds up in the sunlight.
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Old 11 September 2011, 07:31   #6
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Just thought a would update on the situation Spoke to john at Northcraft and was informed that the rib was polyurathane and not hypalon as a thought so decided on getting it retubed. Took it back to Northcraft and was really impressed with the job that has been done, have now got the job ov putting the boat back together
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Just thought a would update on the situation Spoke to john at Northcraft and was informed that the rib was polyurathane and not hypalon as a thought so decided on getting it retubed. Took it back to Northcraft and was really impressed with the job that has been done, have now got the job ov putting the boat back together
Who did the work, and how much was it if you dont mind me asking ?
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Took it back to John at Northcraft in hull and was just shy of £2000
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Was that for Hypalon or PU??
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That was for hypalon
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That was for hypalon
That seems cheap ? .. was that just for the tubes did you fit them yourself ?
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No that was to be fitted by john
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that was really cheap. my new hypalon tubes on a 535 cost a little over £3000
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Rib all put back together now and had engine running
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Rib all put back together now and had engine running

Stick it out side in the cold and see if the tubes stay up

No *edit*

Leave it in the garage and see if they stay up
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Hi Richie

It looks a really smart job.
Thats a new motor as well isn't it?
It should shift now.
Think you will get loads more years out of her.


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I know when I spoke to him if I wanted orange tubes it was alot cheaper than any other colour as he does alot of work retubing FRC's so has "surplus" material.
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