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Old 17 June 2007, 23:50   #1
Country: Australia
Town: Perth
Boat name: Crusader
Make: Crusader
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1

The pontoons on my 5.5m RIB have come away from the fiberglass hull, and the boat is taking water in over the deck. I was wondering if this is a problem that many before me have encountered. They are only glued on. I was thinking that a mechanical fixing additional to the glue may prevent this failure in the future.

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Old 18 June 2007, 01:34   #2
Country: Australia
Town: Melbourne
Make: Vipermax
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki DF140
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 181
Hi Andy,

First post? Welcome to Ribnet.

Bad luck about your tubes - there is a wealth of information on this site about repairs, and enough sad tales to indicate that tubes are not an infrequent problem.

I've currently got a deflated tube - perhaps a sob story for a later time.

It shouldn't happen, but there are design, manufacturing and maintenance faults that can all contribute to problems. (I'm sure mine is a design issue!) As far as I'm aware, among recreational ribs, only zodiac have a removable system - and that is patented which is maybe why others don't follow.

Anyway, best to search the previous posts and post pictures of your problem if you want specific advice. Read anything by Mr Luxton if you need to feel better about it!


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Old 18 June 2007, 03:46   #3
Country: Sweden
Town: Stockholm
Make: KR7
Length: 7m +
Engine: Evinrude 150 H.O
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Do a search on this side, or ask paul tilley
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