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Old 19 May 2014, 16:35   #1
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Hi, I have a new black 6.0 Destroyer rib. Having worked in the caribbean for many years I am used to having a "canvas" cover permanently fitted over the sponsons to protect from UV damage. I haven't seen this in Europe, and over here in Norway the sailmakers just look at me as if I'm mad.
With 20 plus hours of daylight, the boat is going to get pretty hot, can anyone suggest a modern material that is UV, abrasion resistant and colourfast? Plan is to glue velcro just above the rubbing strake, and on the underside of the inboard sponson, then tailor the cover to fit.
Due to a total lack of interest over here, I'm going to have to buy the material in the UK, and pick it up on my next visit.

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Old 19 May 2014, 17:13   #2
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You probably don't NEED to do this as your summers can't be THAT much hotter than the UK and no-one bothers there. You might consider fitting overpressure valves and treating the hypalon with a UV protectant?
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You probably don't NEED to do this as your summers can't be THAT much hotter than the UK and no-one bothers there. You might consider fitting overpressure valves and treating the hypalon with a UV protectant?
Agree with you on that one willk.

But maybe something similar as above could be done to protect the tubes "mainly the underside" for fishing purposes , would be good protection especially when using mackie feathers
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Agree with you on that one willk.

But maybe something similar as above could be done to protect the tubes "mainly the underside" for fishing purposes , would be good protection especially when using mackie feathers
Fishing RIB or SIB, I've never found it an issue. A bit of lino over the side if you're bothered, I say.
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Thanks for the replies, I agree, I don't need to do this for the UV protection, it is more so the kids can sit on the black sponsons, they do get pretty hot.
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