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Old 26 August 2014, 13:14   #1
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Tubes and materials

Didn't want to hijack anyones thread I am looking to re-tube my Tornado soon, and have been getting a few quotes with some really Positive outcomes, from members and from tornado themselves now I need to know the general opinion ... HYPALON with the retubers or PU from Tornado ??
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Old 26 August 2014, 13:18   #2
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Hypalon all the way.
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Hypalon,every time
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I'd say a heavy, commercial grade Hypalon but, what is the benefit of PU? There must be a reason Tornado are using it. Anyone know?
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Old 26 August 2014, 14:46   #5
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Hypalon certainly has the brand reputation and is generally regarded as easier to repair.

Polyurethane (PU) and PVC are often mixed up, accordingly PU has a worse reputation than perhaps it deserves. There are advantages for high volume production (thermo-welding) - although I think Tornado still glue tubes together. PU manufacturers claim it is actually more robust (to abrasion?) than hypalon although I suspect it depends how you measure it.

Most people who say Hypalon is better than PU have of course never owned PU tubes, and certainly not like for like equivalents! I find Bigmuz7's experience interesting: I am paraphrasing a little but having owned "budget" rib makers hypalon tubes (several boats) which regularly needed topped up, he moved to mass produced PU tubes from Valiant and raved about the fact he didn't need to touch them for years at a time, and they still looked good!

How do the costs compare? Because of their perceived value/reputation if the hypalon costs the same its probably the way to go for resale?

Barnetmarine do PU tubes (prices on their website) for comparison.
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Cheers. Any major differences with repair?
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I am told Tornado weld the PU on their tubes, I am led to believe this is a better way of production! I have been really happy with the PU tubes on the tornado until recently (they are 10 years old) and have never owned a Hypalon boat although have a lot to do with them and they have allways been really hardy!! The price difference is negligable and both workshops are 200 miles away so it's a hard one for me to decide!
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Cheers. Any major differences with repair?
Hypalon is supposed to be easier to repair than PU. That said, considering all Tornado's, XS and Valiant (I think all?) are PU I don't recall many threads with people having problems patching?
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Found this:

http://www.ribstore.co.uk/cms-assets...nflatable-boat

which seems to imply that the procedure, at least, is the same for hypalon and PU.

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So a pretty unanimous verdict ... Hypalon all the way??
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