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Old 29 November 2007, 05:49   #11
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Alas buying a new Tornado is not a viable option in the UK (Tornados are now produced in China), but the tubes on XS ribs (son of Tornado!) are made from PU.
Hi, we have just spec'd our new boat from XS (Barnet marine) and the advice we were given was;

Orange boats fade, grey boats will tend to show the glue as it tends to turn brown over time and blue seems to be the best for holding its coulour.

This all goes against what i believed before buying the boat, i thought that blue would be the quickest to show its age. Fingers crossed the advice is correct.

As to a Hard boat showing its age our Hardy pilot could look ancient if neglected for even short periods.

The advantage in a rib ( we hope ) is that it is much eaier to maintain and if Kept covered im sure this will help reduce the effects of uv and leaves in winter.

Im sure the ease of storage, 'towability' , and less storm bound days will far outway the hard boat although the cabin will be greatly missed but it did give me a great excuse to go buy some shiny new waterproofs

Roll on delivery .....

Will get back to you in a few years with an update
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Old 29 November 2007, 06:37   #12
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K&S, I think that BM's advice was good, given that my last Tornado had blue tubes, I still see it regularly and the tubes still look like new.

Oh, and my new XS850 due on January also has blue tubes! (It will be on display at LBS in January).
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Old 29 November 2007, 09:31   #13
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http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ight=danny+boy

These blue tubes aer 11 years old now and are certainly bearing up pretty well.

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Old 29 November 2007, 10:52   #14
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K&S, I think that BM's advice was good, given that my last Tornado had blue tubes, I still see it regularly and the tubes still look like new.

Oh, and my new XS850 due on January also has blue tubes! (It will be on display at LBS in January).
Thats great to hear, ours has been spec'd blue with orange tube top patches - Irn - Bru colours as the kids pointed out

I wish youu well with your boat JIY. The 850 looks very impressive from what i've seen on the website. Just out of curiosity what are you sticking on the back .....
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Old 29 November 2007, 15:15   #15
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Thats great to hear, ours has been spec'd blue with orange tube top patches - Irn - Bru colours as the kids pointed out

I wish youu well with your boat JIY. The 850 looks very impressive from what i've seen on the website. Just out of curiosity what are you sticking on the back .....

They'll no kin wit Irn Bru and Buckie is doon sooth.
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Old 29 November 2007, 15:44   #16
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They'll no kin wit Irn Bru and Buckie is doon sooth.
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Aktually I ken whit it is jist fine.

(All right I'm an ex pat from Ayrshire)

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Old 29 November 2007, 15:47   #17
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Thats great to hear, ours has been spec'd blue with orange tube top patches - Irn - Bru colours as the kids pointed out

I wish youu well with your boat JIY. The 850 looks very impressive from what i've seen on the website. Just out of curiosity what are you sticking on the back .....
Twin 200 Verados, the new 4 cylinder models which should be more economical than the 6s and will also be about 150kg lighter.
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Aktually I ken whit it is jist fine.

(All right I'm an ex pat from Ayrshire)

LOL

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Me and my Big Gub, thought this might happen.


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Old 03 December 2007, 06:57   #19
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UV and Tubes

I get more UV here in the Virgin Islands before breakfast during the month of December than UK gets all day all year long (not mind you based on scientific measurement but you get my drift) I'm 17 degrees North of the Equator. My 4.7 SeaRider is approaching ten years of service and is covered only 1/3 of the time. The tubes are of course Gray with the heavy stakes and triple bow skin and while the orange FRP deck and console have faded somewhat, the tubes are undamaged. Do they look new? No but if I were to dab some makeup on them they probably would. Someone said that they've used a floor polish, Futura, but I don't know about any of that. I suppose that one of these years I will go out some bright morning and discover that my tubes have finally been cooked. I guess however that is some time off yet and if I divide the original cost of the vessel by the number of hours spent at sea, to say nothing of adding back the great fun I've had....the SeaRider was a great deal.

Generally speaking, in my opinion, a ten year old boat looks like a ten year old boat but...and this is a big but....a well maintained boat of any age is recognized as a well maintained boat. Hey...I don't look like I did ten years ago either and let's not get into the maintenance issues there......

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Old 03 December 2007, 09:22   #20
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Just because you are close to the Equator doesn't always mean very high UV but obviously far worse than the UK - in fact the southern hemisphere is much worse than the North. Even the Falklands gets high UV as does NZ. Also altitude makes a hell of a difference.

As to blue tubes it all depends what colour blue. The brighter the colour the worse the UV damage. My tubes are alpine blue - very bright and bloody terrible for fading in the little sun that we have.

A pal of mine runs the local Dynorod franchise(drain cleaning) - the dayglo orange vans last about 6 months before they need repainting so now they have changed the colour scheme to have a grey roof.
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