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Old 17 April 2011, 08:55   #1
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Ran Over channel marker. 3M rip. Help!

Yep thats 3 meters.

Last night I had to do a rescue of another rib that got 'sandbared'. Dark, fast retreating tide , 5 blokes plus me, yu get the idea.
I have 4m narwarl, 2 y/o.

On return journey(about 1KM) due to spot light being blocked, weight in boat, etc etc.. I ran over one of those broken triangler markers laying on its side, couple of inches below water.
It did a 'titanic' on the tube, front to back below the waterline.

BTW. I was quite impressed as we had no problem going last 500m with 6 blokes and one tube in fadst ebbing water.(Thier ribs say there 'unsinkable')

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I'm pretty sure its uPVC that narwhal use.
Simple question can a 3m repair be done.? (Thier Org is paying)
I use the rib at least 2 days a week year round, so I'll have to trust it.

Appreciate any info.
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Old 17 April 2011, 12:48   #2
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Don't see why not. It's no different from a seam joint of which you'll have quite a few already running the length of the boat from when it was made.
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I'd be talking to insurers looking for a full retube , with your excess paid by those offering to pay for the repair.
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Old 17 April 2011, 13:19   #4
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A 3m tear will be going between a couple if chambers too, it'll be repairable but would you buy a RIB that had a 3m repair?
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If you *could* repair it, would you ever trust the repair? Seems to me that a failure of the patch could be fairly catastrophic.

But, I've seen some fairly large repairs (though on hypalon), and they usually entail stitching the rip together prior to gluing a rather generous patch on. It would probably be better to patch inside and out, but I don't see how that would be possible without opening the tube up to work on the rip (which I don't think you can do with PVC.) The ensuing repair, while airtight, is really unsightly (which is the British understatement for "horrendously ugly".)

I'd be pushing for a retube as well.

I take it the rescue was successul?


Luck wiith it


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(which is the British understatement for "horrendously ugly".)
You British then, JKY?
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Old 17 April 2011, 14:14   #7
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we would attempt to repair it but would not give any warrenty i would advise a retube in hypalon
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A 3m tear will be going between a couple if chambers too, it'll be repairable but would you buy a RIB that had a 3m repair?
Nope.......

Possible, maybe; desirable, no.
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Retube in Hypalon as said before. Excess and loss of NCB being picked up by the people offering costs
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Retube her Gary. No-one will give you decent money for a RIB with a repair of that magnitude. We're almost neighbours BTW, I'm just through the Gap.
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