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Old 05 June 2020, 13:21   #1
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Hi all,

Iím sending my rib in for her retube and Iím torn between black fabric impression and black carbon effect.

Unfortunately I canít find a rib where I live that has carbon effect so I canít see how it looks compared to fabric impression.

Has anyone one the forum here got carbon effect tubes or if not would you suggest sticking with impression or going for the upgrade to carbon?

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We went for the carbon effect, a little more expensive over standard hypalon ( think it was an extra grand ) but they look great, also worn very well. Iíd spec pressure relief valves if you have black - they do get warm in the sun
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Thanks Lee. Did you opt for wear patches or is the heavier duty hypalon (866 I think) mean there is no need.

I’ve asked for opvs but to be honest I thought they would of been standard. Also with regards to heat, do they get too hot or once your under way they cool down?
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If youíre going for fabric impression, I hope you enjoy cleaning tubes
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Yeh I’ve heard that. Is carbon any better then?
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,,,, a well known Northern retube specialist told me the secrets about fabric impression hypalon ,,,, don't ,,, and if you do, be prepared to buy new tubes soon lol ,,,
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,,,, a well known Northern retube specialist told me the secrets about fabric impression hypalon ,,,, don't ,,, and if you do, be prepared to buy new tubes soon lol ,,,


Carbon impression tubes were on my original spec for Black Pig, the reaction from Jason at Ribcraft was ďreallyĒ? I soon changed my mind
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Thanks all.

Appreciated the responses but it really doesnít help me!!!! Lol

Apart from the cleaning issues of impression fabric which I get whatís the reason behind not looking at carbon?

Is it longevity, is it hard upkeep or is it just a fad and they donít last. Itís defo not making it easy for me to decide, thatís for sure!!!! Lol
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Yeh Iíve heard that. Is carbon any better then?


Tubes are difficult enough to keep clean at the best of times. Bird sh1t, mackerel blood & guts all stick to smooth shiny 303 treated tubes. Any surface that offers a key will be a bigger pita to keep clean.
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Thanks Lee. Did you opt for wear patches or is the heavier duty hypalon (866 I think) mean there is no need.

Iíve asked for opvs but to be honest I thought they would of been standard. Also with regards to heat, do they get too hot or once your under way they cool down?
No wear patches, just factory tubes all the way from Italboats.
The tubes never get too hot to touch, warm in the sun when anchored up which the kids love - when they get back onboard after swimming the heat from the tubes soon dies them out
The pressure relief valves will vent on the 1 or 2 exceptionally hot days of the British summer, thatís if I havenít clocked the forecast in advance and let a little air out.
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Thanks pikey Dave and lee.

Makes sense, just want sure if it was an inferior material compared to normal hypalon. Lee, Thanks for your comments too.

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heat from the tubes soon dies them out
Should we be concerned?
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Probably, but what specifically is worrying you.......... 🤣🤣
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They donít do too bad, as a responsible adult 🤪 we always do a head count when we get back to our home berth........itís normally right 😂😂
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