I'm in possession of a Motomar Floating 430 RIB which has been shamefully neglected over the past few years. It seems a bored dog can make short work of a covering tarp and can do some serious damage to the rub strakes! So I will spend some time this spring fixing this little boat up as best I can and welcome whatever advice you good people see fit to offer.
There don't seem to be many of these stateside. This one made its way to Valdez, Alaska, to help with cleaning up the oil spill in 1989.
Here's what it looks like today:
The hypalon tubes appear to be in good shape. Given the amount of damage to the strakes I plan on removing them and replacing with new. Or, if I can find a matching style I may attempt to cut off and replace the damaged portion and reglue the remainder. Most likely will be complete replacement.
Here's a rear view of the transom:
I'm thinking I should replace the plywood mounting plate.
It has 4 chambers, and I have yet to inflate any of them to see where there might be leaks or if the baffles are intact. Here's a pic of the valves:
I know not what surprises await on the underside!
Here's what I have laid out as my plan for rescuing this poor neglected RIB:
1) Get it in my driveway where I can work on it. Clean it up properly and inflate. Locate all leaks and assess feasibility of repair.
2) Repair or replace the rub strakes.
3) Consider replacing the valves. I'd like to have a standard valve that can be easily maintained, such as the C7.
4) Repair where the tube attaches to the transom. The entire attachment to the hull may need re-gluing.
5) Repair the transom as needed.
6) If necessary, completely remove the tubes. This will allow easier access to repair the tubes as well as enable proper cleaning and prep for re-gluing. Painting the hull would be possible at this point too. Of course this would come before step 4.
I've done none of this sort of work before, but I'm not shy about taking on complex DIY project. I am completely new to the jargon of the RIB community despite having owned this boat for 15 years.