Tube to hull fitting localised failure.
Hi, new member. I have a tornado 5.5 mtr rib, tubes renewed in 2001, with very low hours yamaha 60 autolube power. I was talked into.....doing a return trip from Ireland to west wales (being very nonchalant here) and later found a slight maintenance problem. The tube slide rail underneath the rear of the tube (and outside the boat) is traditional `curtain rail` type with integral plastic rod to the tube which sleeves into the aluminium track fitted to the hull. The sliders on the sternmost section of the plastic rod has broken off remaining within the aluminium track,the rod is still within the tube . Total length maybe ten inches. What is the preferred method of repair ? Cut open the tube fold to release the rod, fit new and reinsert into the track.....or (sorry) selected cable ties between the two to reestablish the bond ? Advice welcome,