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Old 04-06-2012, 19:08   #1
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Caribe Inflatables

I have the opportunity to buy a used 2005 Caribe inflatable. The only thing that stops me is that the boat has a "freckeling" effect on the tubes. It almost looks like a granite countertop finish. Some chalkiness on the surface, and the "freckeling" does not remove with cleaning.
Has anyone seen this before? Is it a major flaw and I should walk away?
Or is it just a minor cosmetic/asthetic anomoly?
Any rapid replies would be welcome!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 19:32   #2
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Re: Caribe Inflatables

Been in the sun full time? Is it PVC or Hypathon?
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Old 04-06-2012, 19:45   #3
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Re: Caribe Inflatables

Yes, it is Hypalon and has been in the sun full time. Florida sun no less, which mean 365 days a year.
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Sounds like sun damage to me. Hypalon is more resistant than PVC but unless it is a steal...
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Old 05-06-2012, 19:57   #5
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Re: Caribe Inflatables

Yeah, it's a cost thing. I bought a used 92 Hypalon AB in 98 in Florida. used it two years, it had 2 patches from the git go.... and was still going strong when I sold the boat in 2000. I'm not sure when Caribe quality changed though.... I've heard they changed...?
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Old 05-06-2012, 20:07   #6
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You could try bleach. If there is no improvement, Practical Sailor had a review on dinghy paint. Some were rated quite well.
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