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Old 06 September 2014, 18:45   #1
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Hi, guys I'm looking for advise regards the tornado 5.4, 2001 with 75 mercury supplied by Barnett marine so would assume not a Chinese imported hull.
Both rib and outboard in excellent condition for its age. Looking for advise on its sea keeping and handling ability if any one has owned or used this package.
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Old 07 September 2014, 03:45   #2
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Hi mate, I have one,minus the tubes at the moment!!! Brilliant boat in all weather,not that keen on pu tubes tho,will never have them again,my only concern is that it slightly under powered ,I have a yam 90, think that's what it's max rating is,,75hp fully loaded?

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Old 07 September 2014, 04:11   #3
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What's wrong with PU tubes. Most people I've seen slag them off don't have them so come across as 'I have hypalon, so anything else is rubbish' ... So what's your real world experience of them?
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Old 07 September 2014, 04:20   #4
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Hi, this is just my own case,can't comment on others,,mine were getting on a bit in years and looked shocking,fading very bad,nearly all the seams have been or needed to be repaired,very hard to repair,,and never ever paint them cos it don't stick to pu as I found out at my expense ,,I have seen hypalon tubes of similar age and they almost look new compared with mine, lets just say the pleasure I had getting the Stanley knife to them was priceless. And then taking them to the skip were they belong, end of!!!

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Old 07 September 2014, 05:07   #5
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What's wrong with PU tubes. Most people I've seen slag them off don't have them so come across as 'I have hypalon, so anything else is rubbish' ... So what's your real world experience of them?
I had PU toobs as well. after 7 years they were shagged!! Sun bleached and worn out hence they are cheaper initially. How many commercial vessels you know have PU tubes?
Barely any for one reason which should now be obvious
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Couple of my mates have Tornado ribs and like them. I can't comment on the PU tubes, as I've no experience of them.

They're fast if powered with a 2-stroke 90hp. I'd agree that 75hp would be a little underpowered but perfectly usable. They're susceptible to a little chine walking if trimmed too far at WOT, but that can be said of a number of RIBs. There's probably not as much space on board as you'd think as they're very narrow at the bow.

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My understanding of PU was it bleached but didn't significantly affect the fabric. Brown PU windows are the same!!
Failed seams are they glued? I gather Tornado now weld them?
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I retubed mine 2 years ago to get rid of the sh*gged old pu ones and repowered with a 90 from a 75. The hull has very aggressive spray rails and handles like a boat a good bit longer in hull length, probably one of the best hulls Ive had on all my ribs.

The 75 is fine if you've not much load, ie 2 just cruising, but once its loaded up, it will struggle.
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I retubed mine 2 years ago to get rid of the sh*gged old pu ones and repowered with a 90 from a 75. The hull has very aggressive spray rails and handles like a boat a good bit longer in hull length, probably one of the best hulls Ive had on all my ribs.

The 75 is fine if you've not much load, ie 2 just cruising, but once its loaded up, it will struggle.
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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Great hull, but as above, time will really age the PU...
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