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Old 29 December 2006, 14:03   #41
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That looks really smart.

I wonder if Ollyit's boat would benfit from this?
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Old 29 December 2006, 19:53   #42
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stephen, it really sucks to have problems such as you are facing, good luck with your repair, hope that it turns out positive!
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Old 30 December 2006, 01:51   #43
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I've held off responding to your posts, Stephen, as there was very little positive, and I ran out of suggestions on the negative stuff.

I really hope things come togetherfor you, though.

Always hope in the New Year, I suppose...

Best wishes;

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Old 30 December 2006, 07:25   #44
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I've held off responding to your posts, Stephen, as there was very little positive, and I ran out of suggestions on the negative stuff.

I really hope things come togetherfor you, though.

Always hope in the New Year, I suppose...

Best wishes;

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Looking on the bright side, it is unlikely that my 2007 boating season will be any worse than the 2006 one

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Old 30 December 2006, 10:18   #45
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Stephen,

Just an idea....... i am from an HM Forces background, and have always found that by asking around, a decent bloke emerges from the ether to offer some help with a technical problem.

Do you know anyone in the forces who could put a "wanted: help repairing RIB tubes" advert on the BFFI intranet for you. There simply must be some marine, airman or other serviceman there who has experience of RIBs and how to repair them -either professionally, or as an enthusiastic amateur.

The only other help I can offer is to say that perseverance will pay off. Understandably you are getting wound-up by the nightmare. But ultimately, the task is do-able if you keep at it. I say this because my old tornado burst a few seams during the summer (no pressure relief valves!), and I am slowly sticking them all back up together. I was really dispondent, but inch by inch I am winning.

Good luck for 2007

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The contact area inside the old tube is only about a foot long.
That should be plenty enough for a permanent fix. You could reinforce and tidy it by gluing a 1 1/2'' strip along the seam and then mask and add a thin bead of black sikaflex to the forward facing edges. Warm the sikaflex first in hot water and smooth it with a finger dipped in thinners.
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Not quite there yet I don't think

Today was pretty rough and everything got a good thumping around, it looks like under those conditions the sausage will move inside the tube as the tube flexes with each wave, photo is not very good. It probably won't happen with the full length one but I don't think a mini sausage is a permanent repair even though I did pump it up pretty hard. I'll have to deflate and reseat it every so often I guess.
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Stephen can you not glue that mini sausage in place?
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I did but it still seems to have moved somehow. Got to deflate it some time and try and figure out why. It is glued in with lots of Sikaflex (to try and make a seal, not entirely successful!) around the end of the old tube, the Sikaflex I used before stuck like sh&& to a blanket. Further investigation required...
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I would be inclined to cover the main part of the sausage all the way down with glue - that would stick it for life.
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