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Old 03 April 2007, 13:26   #1
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Tube Life lines?

Have you. Do you. Ever use them? Are they worth having for normal everyday cruising?

I never really used them with my last RIB, the only time was to have a chat with a fellow RIBster to keep the RIBs from drifting apart.
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Life lines

Andy,

I use mine all the time, trying to get back into the boat with my dive kit on.

Apart from that good for tying fenders onto
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me too, but i dont use it for diving, just something to hang on to whilst having a fag!!
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I think they're handy if you're carrying passengers on the tubes, as it gives them something to hang on to.

However, I'd go for the 'tight' ones that Solent etc fit as opposed to the commercial style ones like Ribcraft. Looks better and stops them flapping about at speed and when towing.
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Do I remember sombody on here saying they were required to get coding or even a CE mark for new boats?

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Another question I remember reading somewhere they can get very abrasive when they absorb salt and can damage the tubes - is this right?
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I have them on mine and they only get used to either tie the fenders onto, or Sarah uses them to climb back into the rib after wakeboarding.

Also if you go for the cleats/handles that glue to the tubes, I would get them put at either 10 or 2 o'clock so to speak so if anyone is walking on the tubes they are not a trip hazard.
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Andy,

The life lines do tend to leave marks on my tubes. Black lines on yellow tubes.

The marks come off with cleaning but can look unsightly if left.

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Just about to order my new RIB and was given the option to choose. I never tied fenders to mine and was always a problem when cleaning the tubes (never left marks, just got in the way). I don't dive, but can see a use for dangling lines to assist climbing aboard. I do fish however and have had occasions when the hook and lead got entangled.

I figued that if I really found that I missed them, I could always get them attached later. A well placed handle to tie fenders off to will do for me.
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