As our retirement
cruising departure date draws closer (late July 2017) we are wrapping up Her Diamond's refit
and beginning to focus on the ancillary/supporting equipment
. We recently purchased a West Marine aluminum RIB
. While most of our 32 years of Great Lakes
sailing involved marina hopping, we did own a Boston Whaler Squall for a number of years - used as life boat
when crossing the lakes (thankfully never needed) and for exploring rivers. Switched to a tandem kayak
in recent years.
Soon heading to points south, we purchased the RIB
to use as tender
- but know little about how to care for it. Hope you can help with following questions and offer any advise we haven't thought to ask about.
1. Is it necessary to apply any kind of antifouling paint
(or other substance) to the aluminum hull
or bottom of hypalon tubes?
2. Is there something we should apply to top of the tubes to protect from elements (sun and salt)?
3. Is it important to purchase
and keep a cover on the dinghy
when not in use?