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Old 09 September 2012, 15:08   #1
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Valliant Rib Leak

I have a 4.9 mtr Valliant rin (1996) which started taking on water , on closer inspection about 2ft from the transum the botom of the tube has come unstuct from the fiberglass hull , is this a mager problem or can i fix it my self
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Old 09 September 2012, 15:51   #2
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It depends on how much has come away.

Water will find its way in the smallest gap and travel along until it can find its way in.

Pictures would help get advice on this
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I've had a similar problem on a Polaris RIB (aluminum hull, so not exactly the same.)

In my case, there is a heavy flap glued to the tube, and a hypalon strip bonds that strip to the hull. It's the strip that came unglued.

Not a really big deal to reglue, but you'd need to find out prep for the fiberglass. In my case, I prepped the hypalon as usual; etched and anodized the aluminum, and glued it back up with hypalon adhesive.

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Just check to see what material your toobs are, my old 1996 valiant was PVC which will need different glue and different prep.
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thaks for your reply's
is it just the strip of material that holds the tubes to the hull or is the strip covering something else.
I can get my fingers in and run them along the unglued section for about 2 feet,
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I'v just fixed the same problem,only a small gap in the tape (2 inch) but it did'nt half fill the boat quick at speed lol.
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Would you let me know how you fixed it please
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is it just the strip of material that holds the tubes to the hull or is the strip covering something else.
I can get my fingers in and run them along the unglued section for about 2 feet,
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If you've got 2 feet loose, you can take a peek with a flashlight. Most likely it's just the strip glued to the hull.

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Would you let me know how you fixed it please
I'v sent you a pm. Jeff
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I have established my valiant rib is PVC therefore requires a 2 part glue.
but what i want to know is when sticking PVC to fiberglass do i need to use a etching primer to the fiberglass,could anyone tell me the procedure please
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