Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-03-2014, 12:00   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: SoCal
Boat: Pearson 424 Ketch
Posts: 5
AB Inflatables (or any aluminum) - Zincs??

Hi All,
I was hoping for advice regarding AB aluminum RIBs… is anyone adding zincs to avoid corrosion/galvanization? I've read some things that suggest you should. I have a new AB A10AL (unpainted) and want to know about this (or any other necessary maintenance), if others could offer their advice.

Do you add/use zincs? Where do you put them?
Do you condition the aluminum in any way?
Any other things I should do to keep my new dink looking good?

Thanks, Paul
__________________
pma_foyl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2014, 15:43   #2
Registered User
 
JK n Smitty's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Hingham, MA
Boat: Catalina 310
Posts: 637
Re: AB Inflatables (or any aluminum) - Zincs??

We just purchased an aluminum RIB. We went with the highfields which is a powder coated aluminum hull.

My theory on this subject is that you don't need it. There will be no electrical connection to the boat and with the engine out of the water it will be only one type of metal.

I hope someone else will chime in.

Jesse
__________________
http://svsmitty.wordpress.com/
JK n Smitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2014, 16:03   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 11,471
Re: AB Inflatables (or any aluminum) - Zincs??

FWIW:

Our Gemini RIB has now been in the water essentially full time for 9 years. It's powder coated hull has numerous scratches and dings reaching down into the metal. There are no signs of corrosion anywhere. We use no zincs or other means of protecting the aluminium. It is on its second set of tubes, and will soon need its third (the first were burned up by the mongrels who stole it when nearly new).

The hull, which is actually made by Swift in Australia, has exceeded our expectations and seems essentially bulletproof (metaphorically). If we were to need to buy another, I would definitely buy one with such a hull.

Cheers,

Jim
__________________
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II , lying Port Cygnet, Tasmania once again
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
inflatable

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:34.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.