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Old 09 January 2013, 09:29   #1
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Hello, I'm new to this forum and I'm not sure if this question already exists, but my fire company purchased a RIB for water rescues and marine fires. We currently respond to these calls by trailering our boat to the boat ramp and putting it in the water for each call, very time consuming. My question is, are RIBS able to be docked for long periods of time (about 5 months) like regular fiberglass hull boats without any damage to the tubes?
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I used to keep mine on a pontoon year round, with anti-fouling on its not a problem. I i did it again i would seriously consider copper coat (search these forums for info)
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If your RIB has tubes that aren't in the water when at rest then you just treat it like a normal boat and anti-foul accordingly. I'm not too sure about anti-fouling with Tubes in water but it must be possible.
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If your RIB has tubes that aren't in the water when at rest then you just treat it like a normal boat and anti-foul accordingly. I'm not too sure about anti-fouling with Tubes in water but it must be possible.
Hi Andy
I keep mine on a swing mooring on the West if Scotland for seven months. I AF the hull with UNO and the tubes with the aerosol clear AF it works and the bottom only has a slight cover of slime for want of a better word but there is never any sponges oh I also do the leg and saddle of the OB with clear stuff. Hope this helps.

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Old 09 January 2013, 11:51   #5
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what about a floating dock?
like this Floating Docks, Jet Ski Docks & Boat Lifts for Lake & River Water Conditions by JetDock
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Hi Andy
I keep mine on a swing mooring on the West if Scotland for seven months. I AF the hull with UNO and the tubes with the aerosol clear AF it works and the bottom only has a slight cover of slime for want of a better word but there is never any sponges oh I also do the leg and saddle of the OB with clear stuff. Hope this helps.

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See. I knew there'd be a solution. I trail my rib so have never needed to anti foul.

Of course the other solution has already been mentioned, get the rib right out the water.
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Old 09 January 2013, 12:11   #7
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See. I knew there'd be a solution. I trail my rib so have never needed to anti foul.

Of course the other solution has already been mentioned, get the rib right out the water.
Or as Tinto says a bit of floating versa dock

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