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Old 29 October 2015, 21:34   #11
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I have an '87 hurricane and was able to patch the tubes. My seams were solid and the leaks were all punctures. The old valves did leak too so I replaced them all. If you have leaks against the hull then I'd guess you have seam issues which would be bad.

Pump it up and spray it down. Leaks become very obvious. Slow leaks are small holes, not really slow, they show up in the soap easily.

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Old 29 October 2015, 21:54   #12
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I guess any dish soap works as well as any other?

Thanks for the help guys.

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Old 30 October 2015, 05:35   #13
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Ask the seller if they would be OK with you spraying soapy water all over it & if they'll take the tubes off.
TBH unless you're prepared to factor in the cost of a new set of tubes I'd walk away & look elsewhere.
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Old 30 October 2015, 08:12   #14
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I will consider what you say.

Is there a source where I can learn how to take the tubes off?

There is a limited used market for these things. I have found few of them.

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Old 30 October 2015, 08:52   #15
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Thanks for all the prompt responses.

The owner says they are slow leaks. What about painting with special paint to seal leaks.
I will ALWAYS recommend against any type of "paint" on inflatables...they tend to scratch off easily, and unless they are applied with a sprayer, they tend to look very bad.

I would strongly recommend you have the boat surveyed by someone who is experienced with inflatables? The old Hurricane boats have a lot of wood in them... wood rot is a VERY big concern.
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Old 30 October 2015, 10:26   #16
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How old? I have an '87 and it's all foam core.

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Old 30 October 2015, 13:57   #17
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How old? I have an '87 and it's all foam core.

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Table 1-1-3 of the Owner's Technical Manual specifies the laminate schedule of the boat.

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Table 1-1-3 733 OBIIO Laminate Schedule
AREA
HULL
TRANSOM
DECK
HORIZONTAL
SURFACE
NOTES
1,3,4,5
1,2,,3,5
1,3,5
Laminate Schedule Notes
LAY-UP
GELCOAT
1 OZ. MAT
2 UNITS 18 OZ.
SYNTACTIC FOAM
IN PLANING STRAKES
1" CORE
1 UNIT 18 OZ.
GELCOAT
1 OZ. MAT
3 UNITS 24 OZ.
3/4" PLYWOOD
1 OZ. MAT
3/4" PLYWOOD
3 UNITS 24 OZ.
PLUS DECK LAMINATE
WHERE APPLICABLE.
GELCOAT
1 OZ. MAT
1 UNIT 18 OZ.
SYNTACTIC FOAM
5/32" COREMAT
1 UNIT 18 OZ.
1 18 OZ. UNIT SHALL BE 1 OZ. MAT AND 18 OZ. WOVEN ROVING
2 24 OZ. UNIT SHALL BE ] OZ. MAT AND 24 OZ. WOVEN ROVING
3 SYNTACTIC FOAM: 1 PART MILLED FIBRE, 2 PARTS RESIN, 3 PARTS GLASS BUBBLES.
THICKEN AS REQUIRED WITH MILLED FIBRES.
4 CORE SHALL BE 1" END GRAIN BALSA.
5 RESIN SHALL BE POLYESTER ISOPTHALIC IN HULL & ORTHOPTHALIC IN DECK.
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Old 30 October 2015, 14:33   #18
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Mine is Pre-733 so must be different. I've be into every surface on it and it's all foam, no wood anywhere.
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First off what model is it? Before you buy it you should know as much as possible. Simon the recreational ribs were built at the Hurricane factory so the capacity to says hurricane when in fact it is not a full on Hurricane. There are some models that tubes can no longer be purchased for. Other are much more readily available and in some cases you may even find a rib.net member who has a used set.
Inspect the hull top to bottom very carefully. Some boats have added bouyancy foam which may at this point be waterlogged and need removal. Some boats have an aluminum track that the tube slides into, check that very carefully for corrosion and other possible damage.

God luck with it!
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if you have the old tubes we can always copy them and make new ones in the UK
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