Originally Posted by spartacus
Vilamoura - beautiful harbour.
Back your problem. Any reason you couldn't use a slip and trailer to launch? Having a RIB craned in is undoubtedly going to put pressure on the tubes, unless a sling system where it would sit in a cradle.
First thing to do is get it back out of the water. Once on shore, then fill the boat with water, we're talking a couple of inches depth. If it's on a trailer, raise the jockey so water goes to the stern. Close the drain plugs. From outside the boat you should be able to see the entry and exit. Likely to be the gasket strip that runs around the hull where it joins to the sponsons. Valiant are PVC, so use Polymarine 2-part adhesive, out of direct sunlight. Full instructions on their site.
The boat is always craned in, unfortunately no lifting hooks so a lot of pressure on the tubes.
I use to launch off my trailer but a lot of work afterwards and usually requires new wheel bearings after several years.
Anyway to the point, as soon as it was lifted from the water you could see it leaking. The tubes have slight detached from the hull in the right back corner.
I have stripped it down but now trying to locate hypalon glue to stick the pvc back to the fibre glass the 2 part pvc glue fit the rest I already have. This country can be difficult sometimes.
Canít have everything, beautiful beaches and fantastic weather