My hypalon RIB
has sat outside in the sun since 1994. It's got half a dozen patches, but holds air as well as the day it was launched. The registration
numbers are permanently glued to the hull
, so there's no easy way to paint
over them. I dropped a full pail of fresh-picked blackberries on the fiberglass deck
a few summers ago, and the stain on the fiberglass
still looks like a bruise. Over the years I've spattered a bit of bottom paint
here, and a bit of 5200 there.
In my experience, they always steal the newer boats first.