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Old 16 June 2008, 12:59   #1
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product to get water out of tubes

Is there a product to get the water out of the tubes. Something like you use to get water out of gas
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Old 17 June 2008, 07:26   #2
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Cut a hole in the bottom of the tube, water drains out, job done!



On the other hand I have used a pump stirrup type to such out water of my Sib tubes! Worked for me!
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Before you go stuffing things into the tubes to absorb water don't forget whatever you put in there will swell up.
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Cut a hole in the bottom of the tube, water drains out, job done!
Been there done that and got the T shirt. Don't go there
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Water in Tubes

I think I would be asking "how did it get in there?"
If it is very little, then maybe it is atmospheric condensation as was hinted at, and probably is not worth bothering about, but if it is more than just a little ............
I am told by someone in the trade that for tube draggers a favourite is the tube to cone seam at the stern, where water can be forced in Got to admit that I found it hard to believe, maybe someone on here has experience?
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How about using a wet/dry vacuum and a grafted on piece of hose (garden hose or smaller)? Remove the valve and have at it? Gotta be easier than opening the tube and resealing.


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If we're talking about a 3m SIB here - I'd be inclined to inflate it (but not to final operating pressure), and open the valves one at a time. You'll need a couple of people to help you man-handle the boat to get it in the right angle to help force water out.

Work your way around the boat. I assume there won't be more than 3 valves on a SIB that size.
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Isnt there a dehumidifier available (for hire) with a hose type intake as opposed to a room dehumidifier? Just a thought..
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I am told by someone in the trade that for tube draggers a favourite is the tube to cone seam at the stern, where water can be forced in Got to admit that I found it hard to believe, maybe someone on here has experience?
When I was a lad my father had one of the first Flatacraft force 4's, we had this problem during a holiday to devon.

After throwing it around a bit, as only a Force 4 can we noticed one tube was significantly harder than the other, and that the RIB was listing slightly towards the side with the harder tube.

After dragging it up on the beach in front of the caravans we stayed in, we discovered that the tube was surprisingly full of water, and when poking around the seams a jet of water spurted out of the joint around the bottom where the cone met the main body of the tube.

We had to open the joint up to get the water out and perform a tricky repair.

Luckily all was well, and I've never experianced it since.

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