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Old 29 September 2006, 07:33   #1
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One piece or sectional tubes ?

Hi,

I was testing Ring the other day, and might buy one. Ring has one piece tube, but I like the look of sectional made tubes. It might be possible to fit sectional tubes, but Janis adviced me not to. He ment it is a greater risk of a leak hense there is a lot more seams / joints ( is this the correct word ? )
on the sectional tube.
Is there any owners of sectional tubes out there with comments ?
Ater all I notice a lot of commerial RIB builder use sectional.



Had two days in Stockholm, testing Ring and Rupert. Thanks to Janis and Thomas for great fun and lot of ribbing !
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Old 29 September 2006, 07:50   #2
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It MUST have seperate chambers - maybe the tubes were so good you didn't notice???
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Old 29 September 2006, 08:23   #3
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Ribroy, I have sectional tubes. There are lots of joins but none of them have leaked. Actually, overall the seam area is not a great lot more, there is a join around the tube but there is one less horizontal join inside the boat. Some boats have tubes where they appear very angular at the joins. Single piece tubes do have a nice curve to them but they also have a seam inside the boat which is the full length of the tube. I find this a bit unsightly but that's just me. Single piece tubes will still have separate compartments within them so safety will not be compromised. I don't see any point in having sectional tubes specially made.
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Old 29 September 2006, 09:18   #4
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It MUST have seperate chambers - maybe the tubes were so good you didn't notice???
????????
I know it is several chambers in one piece if that is what you mean.

I like "stealth" design. That is the only reason why I want sectional.
I think one piece looks a bit feminin
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I think one piece looks a bit feminin
Agreed.
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Ii like the sleeker lines of the one piece 'j' toobs, but there tends to be a touch more space in the bow area of a RIB with sectional toobs. They do look a bit 'old school' nowadays though.
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