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Old 02 February 2007, 09:18   #1
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Tube repair

Advice please!

I have a Picton cobra RIB with blue tubes. In dragging someone in over the side I've scuffed them quite badly. The scuffs range from superficial (sort of dull marks) to one which has taken the top layer off and exposed the fabric core of the tube material, this one is about 3mm wide... it is holding air pressure and no leaks.

Is there some magic way of dealing with this or am I looking at putting a piece of the material (suitably aesthetically shaped etc) over the area.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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Old 02 February 2007, 09:54   #2
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Patch over the top I should think.

If you have a think about where you might want to drag people in over the side in future, and make a matching one on the opposite tube perhaps in a contrasting colour (or black), you may be able to turn it into a wear patch that looks like it was supposed to be there all along
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Old 02 February 2007, 09:57   #3
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I agree with Stephen. He's the forum expert on tube repairs, and matching the patches is a good idea.

I believe he's retiring from that though and looking forward to concentrating on plastic and if its suitable for use in the Falklands. To that end I believe he has now registered with the Airfix web site.
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Thanks... I was clutching at straws in asking and thought the patch idea was the solution but being idle etc etc
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I agree with Stephen. He's the forum expert on tube repairs, and matching the patches is a good idea.

I believe he's retiring from that though and looking forward to concentrating on plastic and if its suitable for use in the Falklands. To that end I believe he has now registered with the Airfix web site.


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I agree with Stephen. He's the forum expert on tube repairs, and matching the patches is a good idea.

I believe he's retiring from that though and looking forward to concentrating on plastic and if its suitable for use in the Falklands. To that end I believe he has now registered with the Airfix web site.

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Old 02 February 2007, 16:02   #7
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I agree with Stephen. He's the forum expert on tube repairs, and matching the patches is a good idea.

I believe he's retiring from that though and looking forward to concentrating on plastic and if its suitable for use in the Falklands. To that end I believe he has now registered with the Airfix web site.
Oooh you are asking for a slap Captain Bigglesworth!

I'm not the forum expert, I've just done more of it lately than probably anybody except Paul Tilley - first to admit though, that quantity does not equal quality!!!

Anyway an Airfix boat is probably tougher than one made of inflated bin liners glued to a fibreglass bathtub
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