Originally Posted by Cheechako
I've often wondered about the ability to glue to aluminum
...? So what say ya'll? I know there are some proponents of Alum RIB's on this forum. For those who have had theirs a couple years.
.or more... any problems?
We've had our aluminium hull Gemini
for nearly ten full time cruising years now. This boat has a hull
made by Swift in Oz, and the hull has been superbly durable. When the dink was nearly new it was stolen(in Hobart) the motor
removed and some petrol poured into it and set alight. We got back a badly scorched hull and some charred rags of Hypalon. The Gemini
guys put a new set of tubes on it for about half the cost of a whole new dink, and those tubes lasted about 8 years before becoming so porous as to be useless (reinflate twice a day). But the glue joints to the hull have given zero problems. We've now had a second set of replacement tubes installed. These are PVC and from China
, and are only a few months old, so no good data there yet.
Rather to my surprise, the hull, which was powder coated and which has suffered the usual slings and arrows of cruising as well as being burnt, is still in great shape. Plenty of scrapes down to bare metal, but no signs of corrosion
. I would buy another Swift hull without worry, and in fact would buy a whole Swift dinghy. Despite the above reference to poor warranty response, they have a very good reputation here in Oz, and are the dinghies of choice for many charter
outfits. To be honest, I haven't heard of many good warranty stories where inflatables are concerned... anywhere in the world!