RIB Restoration

Anyone who's owned a boat knows what a PITA it can be. If you have questions or solutions help fellow boat owners out!

RIB Restoration

Postby Scottyboy679 » November 13th, 2014, 3:31 pm

Hello Everyone,

I am currently fixing up an inflatable 13 ft AVON sportboat, i believe Hypalon material, and I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions.

It only has one leak to patch up which will be pretty simple, but I would like to put a protective layer on the dinghy to make it more resistant to punctures since it will obviously have sharp opjects in it.

Also, I think I need to relaminate the floor to keep the floor from leaking. Any suggestions what I should use for this?

Thanks for the help!

Scott
If it looks good, Eat it!

-Andrew Zimmern
User avatar
Scottyboy679
spearo
 
Posts: 247
Joined: August 2013
Location: Long Beach, CA

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby Loafer » November 16th, 2014, 7:35 am

Post a pic of the inflatable. Is it a hard bottom or soft?
User avatar
Loafer
noob
 
Posts: 10
Joined: November 2014
Location: Long Beach CA

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby Scottyboy679 » November 18th, 2014, 12:07 pm

Loafer wrote:Post a pic of the inflatable. Is it a hard bottom or soft?


Its has an inflatable keel and also wooden floor boards that are not in the boat in the picture.
Attachments
If it looks good, Eat it!

-Andrew Zimmern
User avatar
Scottyboy679
spearo
 
Posts: 247
Joined: August 2013
Location: Long Beach, CA

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby Loafer » November 20th, 2014, 11:25 pm

Hice. Should be a good project. The Hypalon type are good, strong material that lasts a long time.
User avatar
Loafer
noob
 
Posts: 10
Joined: November 2014
Location: Long Beach CA

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby SBH2Oman » February 7th, 2015, 3:12 pm

FWIW, thats a "SIB" not a "RIB" (a RIB has a hard hull, typically of fiberglass).

If that is a hypalon boat (which is technically no longer made, by the way), then you can follow these instructions:
http://www.nrs.com/repair/hypalon_repair.asp

NRS also sells patching material and all kinds of accessories that you can attach. Just make sure you're always using hypalon stuff and not PVC. PVC can't be glued - it has to be "thermo-welded" (basically heat-bonded) and is much more difficult to repair.

I believe they also sell material specifically engineered for the flooring. Brace yourself, though - it is VERY expensive. Something like $40 or $50 a running foot.

BTW, NEVER use anything with silicone in it to treat/preserve the tubes or fabric. You'll never get a patch to stick if you do that.

For cleaning, use Z-Cleaner heavy duty with a stiff brush, followed up by some 303 Aerospace protectant. Just be careful of any de-lamination (where the layers of the hypalon separate from each other). You will see this as "wrinkles" in the fabric. You don't want to scrub these areas with a brush - just use a sponge and be gentle.

Also check the seams between the flooring and the tubes - make sure the tape is good and not buckling. Also check the glued joints holding the transom to the tubes and the flooring. This tends to be the weakest area on any SIB
------------------------------
Brent Christensen

Image
User avatar
SBH2Oman
spearo
 
Posts: 433
Joined: July 2013
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby Namor » February 7th, 2015, 5:33 pm

Based on my limited experiences with my small inflatable you could do the following:

Apply wads of twenty and fifty dollar bills to all parts of the boat. Use hundreds for any problem areas. If that fails apply whole paychecks as needed. Use any remaining cash or credit to purchase important safety gear,and accessories you rarely if ever use.

Spend precious dive time transporting, launching, maintaining and troubleshooting the boat and engine.

Gain added respect for the skills, dedication, and earning power of real boat owners.

After allowing it to sit idle for an extended period of time, sell the boat at a loss, buy a new wetsuit and other gear.

Shoredive and try to convince yourself that you didn't want to shoot those big offshore pelagic fish anyways.

Jeremy
User avatar
Namor
kook
 
Posts: 585
Joined: July 2013
Location: Goleta

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby SBH2Oman » February 7th, 2015, 5:40 pm

Namor wrote:Based on my limited experiences with my small inflatable you could do the following:

Apply wads of twenty and fifty dollar bills to all parts of the boat. Use hundreds for any problem areas. If that fails apply whole paychecks as needed. Use any remaining cash or credit to purchase important safety gear,and accessories you rarely if ever use.

Spend precious dive time transporting, launching, maintaining and troubleshooting the boat and engine.

Gain added respect for the skills, dedication, and earning power of real boat owners.

After allowing it to sit idle for an extended period of time, sell the boat at a loss, buy a new wetsuit and other gear.

Shoredive and try to convince yourself that you didn't want to shoot those big offshore pelagic fish anyways.

Jeremy


Damn Jeremy, you have a knack for the truth. :greetings-clappingorange:

You forgot the last piece of advice - "Find a friend that has one and just dive with him"
------------------------------
Brent Christensen

Image
User avatar
SBH2Oman
spearo
 
Posts: 433
Joined: July 2013
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby Blue Man » February 7th, 2015, 11:43 pm

Namor, that's just mean! The guy just bought the boat. Maybe he's handy and doesn't mind the work and expense. Or maybe it just hurts because I'm in the situation you just described! ;-) It has been a fun project though...although not cheap.
User avatar
Blue Man
spearo
 
Posts: 125
Joined: November 2013
Location: Ventura County

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby John Hughes » February 10th, 2015, 7:54 pm

Namor wrote:Based on my limited experiences with my small inflatable you could do the following:

Apply wads of twenty and fifty dollar bills to all parts of the boat. Use hundreds for any problem areas. If that fails apply whole paychecks as needed. Use any remaining cash or credit to purchase important safety gear,and accessories you rarely if ever use.

Spend precious dive time transporting, launching, maintaining and troubleshooting the boat and engine.

Gain added respect for the skills, dedication, and earning power of real boat owners.

After allowing it to sit idle for an extended period of time, sell the boat at a loss, buy a new wetsuit and other gear.

Shoredive and try to convince yourself that you didn't want to shoot those big offshore pelagic fish anyways.

Jeremy


this is so classic :bowrofl:

hey Scott, I just sold Woody something similar and he just put a bunch of time and not that much money into it. I'm sure he'd be happy to show you what to do and do it on the cheap. If you need his number hit me up or just show up at the next Neptune meeting to hook up with him.
User avatar
John Hughes
cupcake
 
Posts: 3476
Joined: July 2013
Location: san pedro

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby woody » February 16th, 2015, 8:08 pm

I have a lot of extra hyplone scotty.give me call you have my number
woody
kook
 
Posts: 543
Joined: July 2013

Re: RIB Restoration

Postby Scottyboy679 » February 19th, 2015, 9:57 am

woody wrote:I have a lot of extra hyplone scotty.give me call you have my number


Awesome! I might give you a call this weekend. Thanks!
If it looks good, Eat it!

-Andrew Zimmern
User avatar
Scottyboy679
spearo
 
Posts: 247
Joined: August 2013
Location: Long Beach, CA


Return to Boat Maintenance

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users