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Old 05 November 2013, 17:07   #1
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Tube dilemma

With all these gales I figured I am probably not likely to use the boat for a bit so it was time to start cracking on with the winter chores.

Today I set about scrubbing the years growth off the hull and tubed and five hours later that was done

Then I starting thinking about the tubes, unfortunately when I bought the boat half the tubes were painted and it has always irked me, now that bits have started to fall off it is looking really shabby

So what to do? I think a retube is out of the question, too much money for a 30 yr old boat when tidy hulls and tubes go for for a song.

I know this has been asked a million times before, but can't find the answer, is it possible to remove paint from tubes either chemically or with abrasion? And has anyone done it?

Or do I buy a donor boat and take the tubes off it, or is that a bit much for a novice?

Go down the dreaded paint route....

Cover with rubbing strake and wear patches

Or just cut my losses and buy a neater hull

Any other ideas or general thoughts?
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