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Old 02 August 2004, 06:39   #1
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I have a 1997 northcraft 5.2m which is berthed and used in salt water and quite often rough but not outrageous seas . the problem is the seams on the tubes have given way one side two weeks ago and the other side yesterday in the same place on both tubes , a gap just big enough to fit a few fingers in , right on the bottom of the tube .
Has anyone experienced anything similar ?
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Old 02 August 2004, 18:35   #2
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Hi Corrie, I spoke to you when you were pulling the boat in. Had a thought afterwards, had to let my own tubes down twice on Tuesday as the weather suddenly got hot, could the tubes have become over pressured? although I doubt whether this was the whole problem.
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Old 02 August 2004, 19:04   #3
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I have mentioned before on other threads that my old dive club had a Northcraft that literally started coming apart at the seams and bits started falling off of.
Don't know if it was just a "friday" built one or if it is common but I wouldn't buy a Northcraft after seeing what happened.............
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Old 03 August 2004, 00:45   #4
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Hi Corrie, I spoke to you when you were pulling the boat in. Had a thought afterwards, had to let my own tubes down twice on Tuesday as the weather suddenly got hot, could the tubes have become over pressured? although I doubt whether this was the whole problem.
Humber insisted on putting pressure relief valves on my Rib as the tubes were a dark colour!
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Old 04 August 2004, 04:03   #5
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thanks guys ! sounds like i'll need to keep an eye on the pressure from now on..when I think back , both times it was a hot day and I had just put some air in the tubes.. do you check yor pressures with a gauge or just guess it?
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Old 04 August 2004, 04:09   #6
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Guess it. Bit tricky during the current hot spells because what is rock hard during the heat of the day turns out to be nearly flat in the evening. I prefer mine to have some "give" during the day just in case.

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