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Old 26 November 2011, 10:52   #11
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I was thinking more along the lines of not blaming the pups and asking the big dog did he "rest" his posterior on it...

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Old 26 November 2011, 11:27   #12
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I was thinking more along the lines of not blaming the pups and asking the big dog did he "rest" his posterior on it...
or has the boat ever been tied up to the back of the seat - I've seen people doing this to keep the ropes off the tubes. Its hard to imagine a way that that sort of damage could happen in storage with a cover on - without causing other damage to the cover or boat.
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Old 26 November 2011, 11:33   #13
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of not blaming the pups and asking the big dog
exactly...just leaning back whilst holding the wheel for a bit of a stretch p'raps!
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Old 26 November 2011, 12:47   #14
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The Big Dog's not that big - despiet my bushy tail!!As I say the last time we were out it was flat calm and I'm not in the habit of leaning hard back against the backrest.

If we'd been out in some really rough weather with lots of slamming about I could possibly understand it, but the fitting should be strong enough to take expected forces in rough weather.

As I say she was fine when last put away. Could someone hace done this by pulling themselve aboard fromm the tailer - maybe to have a shufti through the pods / console (all of which I keep empty)?

The boat's only a year old.

Is it reapairable or do I need a new backrest fitting?
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Is it reapairable or do I need a new backrest fitting?
It's repairable. I personally would remove from the seat pod to straighten. Place on a block of wood and use moderate force and lean into it. Check for creases in the stainless-steel. If you're in any doubt - I'd replace.
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Old 27 November 2011, 03:35   #16
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It will repair easy but it's happened once it will happen again. Most stainless guys use 1.5mm wall tube and it's getting difficult to get thicker stuff
The trend for those type of backrest is to use 32 instead of 25 mm
You're hoop looks flat across the top so the 32 mm former radius can cope with that width of backrest

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Old 27 November 2011, 16:07   #17
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I think with anything like this, it might only become noticeable when you actually notice it. Might have happened a couple of trips ago?. It's funny how your eyes see things, but don't really SEE them
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They do bend very easily. Most the ribs I have owned have seat rests that have bent or broke at some point there is to much leverage and not enough support. They need another angle of support.
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Well I was going to say you should of bought a Ribcraft but it seems you have!!

I've got a 10 year old ribcraft with the same backrest and I haven't had any problem as I really give the boat a good beating.

It may be worth sending the photo to Ribcraft and seeing whether they can comment to whether there was a batch that suffered from this failure. It may of been an inferior batch of tube.

If you bend it straight, it will probably happen again. Try Ribcraft as I have always found then very helpful.
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I guess someone tied a spring to your seat back.. any sort of a slop will bend SS. I have seen a seat on a Lencraft pulled right off the deck by a spring tied to the seat back!
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