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Old 29 August 2008, 18:53   #1
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Tube Separation

This just happened to our local independent lifeboat. I guess it can happen to any rib that gets regularly put through its paces, but it must be fairly rare on a Ribcraft!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7588079.stm

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Old 29 August 2008, 18:56   #2
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Have a look here:

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Funny; I had exactly the same problem on a Ribcraft 4.8. Went through a wave, tube ripped off at the front.
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Happened to me as well.....
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...hlight=stuffed

I blame the waves, well out of order!
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There is not much hull holding the tube on at the front is there?

I think I will stick with that nice big Anchor locker / tube carrier that Vipermax's have
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Funny; I had exactly the same problem on a Ribcraft 4.8. Went through a wave, tube ripped off at the front.
Didn't have a problem with Evolution, the wave just went thought the hole in the bow

Have you had it fixed yet Tim?
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Owch that's not a very good advert for Ribcraft.

Shame they didn't get anybody from the factory the morning after to defend the brand so to speak.

I wonder why such a lot of the glue failed from the bow to the pretty much the stern??
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I wonder why such a lot of the glue failed from the bow to the pretty much the stern??
How strong exactly do you think the glue can be? Once the fabric has been ripped, and water pressure begins to lift the tube up, I can't see how the glue is going to hold personally...
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In RIBcrafts defence I recon it could happen to any soft nosed RIB out there. When you consider the beating a rescue RIB gets, I'm not surprised RIBs don't have more tube failiers!

Didn't TOP gear have this problem in one of their races and don't forget Spirit of Cardiff off of Scotland/Iceland.

So I think it shows it's essential to check all bow area's for damaged Hypalon and cracking to the fibreglass.
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