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Old 07 September 2014, 18:26   #11
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Does yours have a built in fuel tank or are you using portable tanks, and what is the beam of the tornado. the tubes on the one I'm after look in prestige condition, must have been well covered and I think stored inside. So hopefully a few years left on them. who retubed your rib and roughly how much to retube it.
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I just use portable tanks .. you cant really tell how long the tubes will last because the glue just 'ages' and gets weak so it doesent matter how its been stored or cared for.

Also ... they made a crab job of them because they made seams that 'interfered' with the water flow under them , and in many ways that was their undoing ... literally ... I was the guy with a port sponson FULL of sea water

Paul Tilley re did mine (posts on here) and a fine job he made .. no leaks ever, and he made a 3 section tube setup into a 5 chamber .. so even better .. plus he made them with seam overlaps in the direction of the water flow ..... you wont get many people coming on here starting a thread about how important that last sentence was ...but its vital to tube longevity
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Old 08 September 2014, 13:57   #12
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Thanks, that's been a great help.
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Old 08 September 2014, 15:44   #13
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Thanks, that's been a great help.
No problem .. It would be unfair of me to even PM you with what I paid for a retube as the market costs for stuff changes all the time, and its usually up ways .. I did get several quotes for the work and Paul was very reasonable ... Ive used the boat in anger for a couple of years since and his work has stood up to the job and has been air tight, so I cant ask for more than that ... due to the hull being good, I re powered also with the expectation of this boat being good for another 15 years or so if I chose to keep her .. maybe more ?
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Old 15 September 2014, 06:41   #14
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Hi guys,

Just to clarify a few points :
PU tubes have been used for over 30 years.
The source of the PU has varied, and with it, to some extent, the quality. However for the last 14 years or so practically all of the PU tubes made in the UK and Europe have been made from Chiorino PU, which is of higher quality than all other PU materials previously used and higher performance than Hypalon - I can provide data sheets to anyone interested.
There are literally thousands of PU-tubed RIBs in service with rescue organisations, yachting clubs, fisheries protection, coast guards, navies etc all round the world. The US Navy chose PU after extensive research.
When constructed and maintained correctly these give exemplary service and out-last Hypalon where subjected to harsh treatment.
Hypalon outlasts PU if tubes are left uncovered and unpolished in areas of high UV. The other advantages of Hypalon are that it is cheaper and available in many more colours.
When covering tubes made from any material it is important to ensure that there is good ventilation, otherwise conditions conducive to microbial attack are created.
There have been some isolated issues with glued PU seams due to short-term use of incorrect/faulty adhesive most of these tubes were made some 15+ years ago. Since then the same neoprene-based adhesives have been used as are used for Hypalon.
Anyone visiting the Southampton Boat Show could visit the XS stand for first-hand information - they are one of the very few (if only) companies offering PU as well as Hypalon-tubed RIBs in the UK/Europe.

Am happy to deal with any technical questions.


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Old 17 September 2014, 03:24   #15
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We've a 5.4 Tornado Viking that we bought new in 2004 with a yam 90 on the back.

She's a cracking boat and will take 8 divers when pushed or 6 with no effort. Wouldn't want to see much less than a 90 on the back if using for anything other than just pottering around, saying that for just people and no kit it'll be fine.

Out tubes still look pretty good and I'd happily have another.
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