Alan I still think that most of the SA RIBs are built well, FALCONs included.
In particular the FALCONs are strong, lite and I don't think that the hull will ever break. They have to be since they have to negotiate seas and waves that we just prefer to look from our window.
Is just a few things that when you look closely are not 100% and I think is a mentality and cultural thing of their labour rather than the people in charge don't want to produce a product that is 100%. I will not go any fuerther on that.
I had looked at PVC vs Hypalon statistical data and I was convinsed that there was very little difference. I still think that there isn't much difference between them. I can speculate and say that may be is the glue they use to glue the material or didn't use or didn't use it properly or something that is the problem. Also may be the quality of the PVC may not be good. But I cannot check it and cannot say anything further on that. I think when we take the PVC off and see where it was made and how it was glued together I will be able to make a few comments. I will take photos to substantiate what we will find and also will send a sample to the German manufacturer that the FALCON say that this has be made by to have it verified by them that it was actually made there.
Regarding having the console, engine, A-frame and seats taken off, I was told by the chaps who will be doing the tubing that they need to turn the boat upside down (why I don't know and didn't ask), therefore they need all of that to come off.
The idea of someone from the UK to do the job in Greece is quite expenssive and also the job will not be done correctly since the original tubes need to come off first to make an exact copy of the new ones.
Any way thanks for offering