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Old 06 December 2008, 18:06   #1
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Re-Tubing an SR6M by a novice

A fellow ribster made the suggestion that I could do the following for re-tubing a SR6m. Has anyone done this because it sounds like a good way to go?

"If the old tubes have not been taken off completely and part of the tube and original attachment strips are still on the hull you could glue the new tubes to the old and then fit wider outer strips to give a double thick attachment possibly better if you are not sure of what you are doing"
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Old 06 December 2008, 18:17   #2
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If I am not mistaken it was Paul Tilley who made that suggestion to you. Paul is one of the leading independent tube makers in the UK (and possibly the world) and therefore has replaced more tubes than almost anyone else on here.

Paul is generally well respected on here - both for the quality of his workmanship and his helpfulness on such issues even when he is not directly benefiting. I believe Paul has also helped novices fit his tubes "remotely" (i.e. over phone/email) and has come up with some inovative solutions for fixing tubes in remote parts where getting a boat to his workshop would be impossible - so if Paul has given you this advice it is worth pursuing. Of course it might be worth posting more pics in the original thread to ensure that Paul has understood the situation correctly - and you have understood what he is suggesting.
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Agree with all of Polwart comments - and as a customer of Paul on several occasions I would also state that I've always found him to be good value for money. Don't confuse value with cheap - if you get offered bargain basement prices, expect bargain basement quality. In contrast, you know with Paul that you will get a really good job done for a fair price.

Given that you are a self-confessed novice it may be best to outlay a little cash and let the professionals do it. I'm pretty sure that you don't want find out the hard way what poor technique/inexperienced workmanship is like when you are mile offshore

Just my 0.02
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Old 07 December 2008, 08:14   #4
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hey guys- thanks for the comments- I totally hear what you are saying and respect paul's advice over all others, in fact- I would like to have Paul re-tube this boat but the boat is in the USA and I am having trouble finding a re-tuber specialist who knows what they are doing. Last week I was interviewing someone to do this job and they told me they would need to take the center console off and turn the boat over to fit the tube! WOW- Scary The us is way behind in experience with RIBs and I appreciate your posts and help-ab
My point for being a novice is becasue I have never retubed a rib, but do have experience in rebuilding and patching inflatable, working with chemical binds, etc- plus pretty much fix anything top to bottom in a house- renovation- maintain 7 homes now plus the day job... but never did a retube on a 6m searider
So I will get more detailed pics and see what the options are.
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hey guys- thanks for the comments- I totally hear what you are saying and respect paul's advice over all others, in fact- I would like to have Paul re-tube this boat but the boat is in the USA and I am having trouble finding a re-tuber specialist who knows what they are doing. Last week I was interviewing someone to do this job and they told me they would need to take the center console off and turn the boat over to fit the tube! WOW- Scary The us is way behind in experience with RIBs and I appreciate your posts and help-ab
My point for being a novice is becasue I have never retubed a rib, but do have experience in rebuilding and patching inflatable, working with chemical binds, etc- plus pretty much fix anything top to bottom in a house- renovation- maintain 7 homes now plus the day job... but never did a retube on a 6m searider
So I will get more detailed pics and see what the options are.
there are a few videos on youtube that will give you a rough idea of whats involved.
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there are a few videos on youtube that will give you a rough idea of whats involved.
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Go and fix me tubes love! And I'll do the ironing
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Nice "tubes"
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