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Old 14 May 2005, 08:26   #11
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The dealer said that he has heard of attempts to fill the pontoons with various substances but none have worked in the long run - as he put it, "...if anything worked better than air, they would be putting it in there."

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Actually quite a few commercial oil rig support vessels etc use foam instead of air. Also resue boats on big ships - if you have been on the Plymouth Bilbao ferry you will have seen a few examples hanging over the side!!!
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Old 14 May 2005, 09:36   #12
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Linnet, some folk believe that putting a quantity of talc inside the tube will help solve the problem of porosity. I've never done it so can't comment other than to say that the person was a reputable rib builder. I don't reckon it will do any harm if you try it... and it'll smell nice too.
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The Case of the Vanishing Air

Dr. Watson: D’ya see this Holmes. Wife claims chappie’s air keeps disappearing from his rib.
Sherlock Holmes: Medical problem?
Dr.W. No Holmes, from his boat.
S.H Ah yes, let me see now. That would be a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat, invented by a Welshman I believe. Where is all this going on?
Dr.W. Scruff Hall apparently.
S.H. Any where near Winchester?
Dr.W. No, no. Says here it’s in Spain somewhere.
S.H. Must be Johny Foreigner at it then. Probably that Moriarty again. A case for us Watson, if I am not mistaken. Fetch my Homburg and a Bradshaw-there is new tunnel now. Be there in jiffy. Come on Watson, not a moment to lose, damsel in distress and all that.
Dr. W. Absolutely Holmes, woman seems to think the answer is filling the boat up with some bubbles. Whatever next?
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I'd be lying if I said I understood all of that.


That talc, if that's what it was, has gone to your head!
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