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Old 29 October 2015, 12:54   #1
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Slow leaks in old RIB

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I am looking at buying an old rib. I have not looked at it yet but the owner says it has slow leak...

It is a Zodiac Hurricane and a 1990. I suppose it my need new tubes or...what do you all think? What should I look for when I view the boat/ Thanks
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Old 29 October 2015, 13:32   #2
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Tough to say unless you've actually seen the boat and located the "slow leak".

Some are easy fixes, some are not.
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Could be as simple as dirt in a valve if it's slow it might just be a pin hole you will know if the tubes are in good condition if not it might be the start of a bigger problem seams de-bonding, fabric failure, etc

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I have heard that Hurricane tubes are easy to replace. Any comments? Thank you
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I have heard that Hurricane tubes are easy to replace. Any comments? Thank you
Easy as in the labor to do it? Or, easy to find a used pair at a good price?

Hurricane or Willard Tubes are "easy to replace". Whether bolt on or slide on, it doesn't take more than an afternoon with some friends.

New tubes are easy to obtain - just pony up the $12-$14K and you can get a new set.
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Easy as in the labor to do it? Or, easy to find a used pair at a good price?

Hurricane or Willard Tubes are "easy to replace". Whether bolt on or slide on, it doesn't take more than an afternoon with some friends.

New tubes are easy to obtain - just pony up the $12-$14K and you can get a new set.
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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.
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...googles "special paint" - is very shocked impressed!
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The owner says they are slow leaks.
Find the slow leak!!! Have the tubes blown up, spray with soapy water. It's very tough to answer the question since a slow leak could be from a bad valve or it could be from a pinhole. One is easy to fix, one is a little more involved.
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And thanks again for the help...

I suppose the leaks can be hidden where they rest against the hull??

The boat is 25 years old.

Is it reasonable to take them off the boat and inspect the whole collar?
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