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Old 13 December 2001, 04:20   #1
Country: Other
Town: Lisbon
Boat name: fliper
Make: SACS (Italy)
Length: 4m +
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rib lifetime

For use in weekends and holidays, what is the lifetime that we can expect for a rib?


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Old 13 December 2001, 09:21   #2
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It depends on how well you look after it. I've seen RIBs several years old that look better than the day they left the factory, and I've seen RIBs looking wrecked after a single season being left outside uncovered.

On the other hand, even the most neglected RIB will keep working and it is amazing how a bit of effort can clean up an old boat.

Avon offers a "10 year transferable, no-qibble written fabric guarantee and 5 year seam warranty" and have a 20 year old searider that they like to show off.

Zodiac offer a 5 year warranty.

The tubes will be the first area to wear out, but they can be replaced reasonably inexpensively (compared with buying a new boat) which makes the boat like new. Henshaws specialise in this, and seem to be doing a good trade replacing damaged PU/PVC tubes with hypalon.

To get back to your question, as a rough estimate I would say that a RIB that is lightly used and looked after should easily give ten years of use.


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Old 17 December 2001, 01:32   #3
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LIfe time

So far I 've used 1 sib and 2 ribs. The first one was traded up with the second after 12 years and the sales man could not belive the rib's age until he saw the label. The second one was traded up after 11 years and I currently use the third for 4 years in row. To make things simpler, whenever I upgraded , I was firstly looking for a bigger boat. I use my ribs for 30 to 45 days in a row during summer vacations plus the weekends, but every time she is pulled out of the water (exept the vacations of course), she is being flushed with fresh water through out.
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