At the beginning of this year our Dutch Lifeboat "seeker" has had a complete revision. The polyester has been fully restaurated and new state of the art equipment has been mounted on the Seeker.
We had also gotten new tubes with an ingenius system of Inner and Outer Tubes from the companie geminiindustries.co.uk
, we all had high expectations from it.
The Inner Tubes could easily be repaired or replaced.
The PVC material would be much stronger than the original Hypalon.
The PVC Tubes looks astonishing at the beginning, only thing you should not be doing is sailing with it, then it goes wrong. Clearly you can see the flaps, the only glued part which holds the tubes in place on the hull. The weak lifethreatening construction by Gemini Marine Industries Ltd.
Costs of these tubes, including fitting: 2800 Pounds.
But in contridiction of our high expectations the whole system appeared to be worthless. The boat was not air and water tight and time after time the inner tubes damaged and became leak, the size of the inner tubes was to big, so it got damaged on the fauldings. The glue did not last very long either, after a while it losened everywhere. We tried to fix it on directions of Gemini Marine Industries Ltd. but the leaks popped up quicker than we could repair them so that in times of alarm we have to pump the water out of the boat and the air into the tubes which could cost lifes, because of the time needed.
Repairing the inner tubes was not easy, and a six hour job!
We regret the day we decided to buy these kind of tubes. And after a few months we reversed that by replacing the tubes with normal Hypalon kind.
We were forced to pay antoher 3000 pounds to replace the tubes properly by a company in Holland:
kind of a sad view
We could dissemble the tubes within two minutes, kind of lifethreadening...
Look at the photo galery at: