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Old 21 July 2010, 04:12   #11
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Originally Posted by spartacus View Post
Apparently some dealers use washing up liquid or such like on the runners to lubricate them before pulling the tubes on. I found there was no no real need to remove the tubes once they were on. One drawback of the tube system, is that sand and grit can become trapped between the tube and the hull. I found that if you deflated the tubes, you could get a hose or power-washer to clear the channels, then reinflate again. Job done!
Right, thanks for that technique! I left mine on a swinging mooring throughout each summer and there was definitly a significant amount of grime and algae under the tubes, just where the pressure washer could not reach

Oh and yes I agree it would have to be a big impact, but it could happen nonetheless I have stuffed in other boats and I agree, it is not a pleasurable experience!
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Old 21 July 2010, 07:08   #12
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Originally Posted by gotchiguy View Post
The runners stop about a foot south of the bow. Possibly this area where the tubes are not rigidly attached to the hull is there to allow a bit of movement from the tubes when they do contact waves....
Or, it could be designed as such to enable the tubes to be fitted.

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