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Old 01 August 2009, 13:07   #1
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Ribcraft - questions about tube repair and gelcoat crack

I've had a used Ribcraft (6.5 meteres) for about half a year now - boat is from 2005.
Had a thread here earlier with a transom failure for the same boat... Which was repaired by a local company this spring.
But now I have another problem. The tubes are starting to come a little apart at the back ends. I've included a picture taken at the end of the left tube.
At first I thought it was just the fender list starting to come off, but from the picture you can see that the entire outer rubber layer, which the fender list is attached to, is coming off from what I think is the inner tubing( ? )
This is also starting to happen on the end of the right tube.

You can see some left over glue from when I first tried to fasten the lower corner of the fender list which was a bit loose earlier. But as the whole outer layer is pulling apart, that didn't help much.

I've started to grind away loose rubber and old glue from the outer layer. Planning on trying to glue the layers together again... If there is a point in this? Or should I just start to save up for new tubes?

As for the crack in the gelcoat. Someone half-dropped a scuba tank there. I'm most curious about if someone knows any color code / name for the "light grey" color for the gelcoat?
I thought I could fix this by grinding the area smooth. Wash with Aceton. Then apply "Gelcoat Sparkel", and finish it off with something like "Penguin Rubbing / Hardwax"
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Old 01 August 2009, 14:03   #2
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That tube looks shagged.
Not sure how long the material is guaranteed for?
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Old 01 August 2009, 14:06   #3
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That looks like delamination failure of the hypalon.
probably best take it to an expert for an opinion on that.
got any more pictures?
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Doesn't Orca have a 5 year warranty. You may be best talking to Ribcraft and been nice to them.
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Old 01 August 2009, 15:17   #5
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I'm not where my boat is located now, but I can probably take some more pictures later. Probably have some more lying around too...

Probably going to try and sell the boat later. Tired of Ribcraft boats now...
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I'm not where my boat is located now, but I can probably take some more pictures later. Probably have some more lying around too...

Probably going to try and sell the boat later. Tired of Ribcraft boats now...
How many Ribcraft have you owned?
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Old 01 August 2009, 17:45   #7
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How many Ribcraft have you owned?
What's that got to do with it?

If I bought a 4 year old boat that has the issues quaoar has experienced I would not want another.
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Old 01 August 2009, 17:50   #8
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Something sounds odd here. Ribcrafts don't fall to bits, especially ones so new.
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Something is really wrong. 4 year old tubes should be in perfect condition, certainly no de-lamination like that. I would consider taking it to Ribcraft and moan. In view of the many hypalon boats that are over 30 years old and still in excellent condition, and I've got two, I would consider your boat to be not of merchantable quality. I would certainly require a detailed explanation as to what has happened - and repair at a very reasonable rate.

Are you certain you have a Ribcraft? Could it be counterfeit?
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You should have spoken to Ribcraft first.
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