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Old 20 September 2009, 17:17   #21
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OK, So the time has come...Its time to Retube...I'm still undecided... My options are this, Lencraft will retube my boat for 3,375 plus 250 extra for the heavy duty rubbing strake in hypalon, I can get a guy up the country to do it for 1700 to retube it in PVC with a teardrop rubbing strake, Funds are a little tight as I'm getting married next July, I have sourced my engine a 50hp mariner. The price for lencraft is a bit on the high side of my budget, what do ye all think, Its the famous question Hypalon Vs PVC, I know the hypalon will win hands down with its life span but it is on the expensive side...twice the price, I'm struggeling to decide between the two, I used to have a quicksilver430 hdxs which im sure most of ye know by now so this is my first actual rib, and probably my last for some time, looking forward to stepping into the rib world and hoping that the fibreglass hull will make those rough seas a little easier to handle!

Any and all advice and comments will be appreciated, Thanks again for all your help guys, last time I talk about those stupid tubes!!
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Old 21 September 2009, 08:13   #22
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why not buy a tube and fitting kit in hypalon (approx 2000) and fit yourself
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Aren't those existing tubes made of polyurethane? How old is the boat and what is wrong with the tubes? Definitely stay away from PVC if you don't want to keep re-tubing the boat every 5 - 10 years.
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Old 21 September 2009, 15:33   #24
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I believe the boat is 1998 and the tubes are PU they are leaking on all the seams, its well past its glory days
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Old 22 September 2009, 03:38   #25
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whats involved in fitting the tubes yourself? what comes in the fitting kit?
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Old 22 September 2009, 05:18   #26
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Lencraft had some bad press on here a while back, from what I read I wouldn't touch them.
I'd get Hypalon, even if you can't fit it yourself I'm sure someone over there would.
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... if you're considering going down that route, you could give this guy a call too:
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More seriously, Hypalon every time. If Mr T has a pattern, he's the guy to buy from. I suspect that fitting a simple small tube is not rocket science, and Henshaw's should keep you right.
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ok, I think henshaw tubes are the way to go, I have a guy that will fit them here for 700, I just hope they have a template to suit my boat, next question would be if anyone can send me in the right direction that will show or tell me how to remove the old tubes? is it a case of a heat gun and scraper or what? had a quick search on here but didnt find an aswer, im sure there is one on here somewhere...the search continues.....
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my rebuild so far, i will post it on here as soon as i get it tubed; http://tornadorebuild.yolasite.com/
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