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Old 10-03-2017, 12:12   #1
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Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

Hi,

Li'l Dink is on her last legs. She has more patches than a mungral dog and oughtta be shot but I may have a deal on a new tube for it. To be put on by a pro.

Is replacing it useful, or is it always going to be a bit of a problem? I'm worried about separating from the hull with water leaks etc.

What's your thoughts?

It a 9ft AB if that makes a difference.


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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

Do you have estimates? Gonna vary a lot by country, as do the price of new. I think in most cases tube replacement is cost effective on the bigger expensive tenders, not on the lower end cheaper ones.
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

Thanks Paul

The price isn't the problem. I have a deal on that. What I meant was is replacing it going to be like a new dinghy (with old hull) or a leaky pile of junk?
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

I think it will be okay. I had mine retaped and.it.was good
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

Mark, we've had our Gemini aluminium hull re-tubed twice now, over a period of 13 years. The first was done by Gemini when the dink was still nearly new, due to its being stolen and then burned. When those tubes wore out from constant use, about 18 months ago, we did it again, but with Chinese origin tubes in PVC this time.

NO worries about the joining of tube to hull or other issues. Cost in both cases was about half of a new dinghy, and we'd do it again (if we last that long ourselves!).

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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

It really depends on how well the job is done. There's a company on the Gold coast who will re-powder coat the hull and do a very good job. It's virtually a new dinghy.
Not cheap, but less than buying a new one.
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

I would expect a local place would probably do a better job than many of the cheap imports that have used just enough cheap glue to get it through the warranty period.

If anyone is interested, I have my fibreglass Zodiac 3.1 RIB listed here. It should be a great retube opportunity for someone located nearby.

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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

Donovan Marine here in New Orleans does retubes for inflatables. Worth giving them a call for the opinion at least.
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

Thanks for everyone's thoughts.

Yes, I think I will go for the re-tube.

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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

a number of people here tried to retube there dink but no success
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a number of people here tried to retube there dink but no success
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And if so they would post.
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

I filled the tubes of my leaking AB Aluminium with Foam in Place foam "Great Stuff". for about $70, it was better than new for 4 more years then I sold the boat. It was comfortable to sit on, not to bad for docking, and (just as the coast Guard), bulletproof.
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Re: Re-tubing an AB Dinghy. Worth it? Or not?

We faced the same decision last summer and decided to buy a new dinghy. Price, though, was a consideration for us. We could buy a new one for about the same amount of money as having the dinghy repaired. Time was also a consideration. The repair people wanted to keep the dinghy for three weeks.

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3 weeks!

Yikes!

Mine will just be a few days while I am on the hard.
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The price isn't the problem. I have a deal on that. What I meant was is replacing it going to be like a new dinghy (with old hull) or a leaky pile of junk?
If the tube are OEM ans job is done with reasonable quality, then heck yes it's a new dinghy (with an old hull). Only reason NOT to do this is if cost approaches cost of a new dink.

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