Tubes Repairs and Replacements
Rib and Inflatable Tube Repair and Replacement Service
We offer a limited service for repair of damaged rib and inflatable tubes. We tend to concentrate on replacements tubes to the Zodiac, Avon and Zodiac Milpro rib and inflatable boat ranges.
W now longer carry out mobile on-site repairs of tubes etc, simply because these inflatable boat repairs are too "weather sensitive" to maintain our quality control standards. Please call or e-mail us for details of your ribs tube replacement and tube repairs. Digital photos are very useful for us to assess rib damage. Please note repairs to all larger boats requiring workshop space MUST be booked in advance with us, as we are busy all year (therefore please do not turn up "on spec"..)
New Zodiac, Avon and Zodiac Milpro Replacement Rib Tubes
Pennine Marine can supply only - or supply and fit - replacement rib tubes for many Zodiac, Avon and Zodiac Milpro ribs. This assumes that new rib tubes made to the original rib tube design are still available from the factory.
The replacement (new) rib tubes for almost all Zodiac ribs are usually available for all newer models of the Zodiac ribs, generally most Zodiac rib models up to about ten years old. However please note that replacement rib tubes for some Zodiac leisure rib models from 2004-2010 may now be in very short supply in the Zodiac factory. We can supply both the PVC and Neoprene/Hyperlon inflatable tube materials for Zodiac ribs.
Tubes for the commercial specification Avon and Zodiac Milpro rib boats are often still available for boats of up to 20 years old. These replacement rib tubes for the Avon and Zodiac Milpro models will be supplied in Avon's hyperlon / neoprene material. Therefore replacement tubes for Avon and Zodiac Milpro Seariders, SRR, SRMN ribs are available. Please note that replacement tubes for old Avon MOD/Military Forces boats are available, however these will not include certain proprietry features that were only allowed to be fitted to MOD boats. Therefore certain features on the old MOD ribs will not be fitted new, in particular certain handles and webbing features. Also please note that the new colours of replacement rib tubes on Avon and Zodiac Milpro ribs may now be limited to a choice of only one or two colours of tubes (so 50 Shades of Grey).
We are quite happy to "supply only" as boxed parts any Zodiac, Avon and Zodiac Milpro replacement ribs tubes to customers to fit themselves. In general terms, the replacement PVC tubes found on most Zodiac Ribs can be fitted by a non-professional customer needing only a few willing hands and fitting advice from us - as these will be the Zodiac slide-on type. However the Avon and Zodiac Milpro tubes may well require careful assembly in controlled workshop conditions, preferably by a skilled and experienced person.
These replacement Zodiac tubes can be fitted here in our workshop. Alternatively we can “supply only” Zodiac (and some Avon tubes) as replacement spare parts, for fitted by yourself (or others) onto a Zodiac rib hull. The Zodiac “slide-on” rib tube system is relatively simple to fit and can be done with care as a “DIY” job, without needing any glues or adhesives. Most Zodiac ribs that were built for leisure use and also the newer Avon models have the slide-on rib tube systems. However, on most Zodiac Milpro and older Avon models, replacement tubes need to have the surfaces properly prepared and then glued: which is a fiddly and skilled job.
The Zodiac slide on rib tube system is usually distinguished by two features. Firstly the tie-down straps will be at both stern ends of the rib tubes, usually fastened to the top of the transom. Secondly the rib tubes are attached into a narrow groove, the groove is often just visible where the inside of the Zodiac rib tubes meets the main hull. Bombard rib models are often similar to the Zodiac ribs. In order to get the right replacement tubes to fit your Zodiac rib, we must know both the boat identification number and the “Z” number from the builder’s plate. These two numbers allow us to accurately identify the right replacement tubes for your particular Zodiac or Avon rib model. This is essential because there can be subtle differences between rib models that superficially look identical.
Please note that new tubes for Zodiac and some Avon ribs are generally only available from the Zodiac factory for ribs up to 8-10 years old. Zodiac no longer manufacturer replacement rib tubes for their older ribs. Therefore we usually have to check the availability of new replacement Zodiac and Avon rib tubes with the factory, which may take a few days.
The supply-only of new Zodiac and Avon rib tubes can be delivered anywhere in the UK. We also export these Zodiac and Avon replacement tubes internationally. Replacement Zodiac and Avon rib tubes are quite bulky and heavy items, so getting the new rib tubes delivered to you is a very important issue for us. We need to know your full postal address and also know that you can safely unload them from a small lorry or van.
Zodiac Milpro and older Avon Models - Replacement Rib Tubes
These replacement rib tubes can be fitted here in our workshop. Alternatively we can “supply only” Zodiac Milpro or older Avon tubes as spare parts, for fitted by yourself (or others) onto a Zodiac Milpro or Avon rib hull. As noted above the Zodiac “slide-on” rib tube system is relatively simple to fit and can be done with care, without needing any glues or adhesives. However please note that most of the Zodiac Milpro and Avon models, especially the professional and commercial ribs, have tubes glued to the hull.
Old rib tubes which are glued need to be removed with great care. The existing fibreglass surface on the main rib hull then needs to be inspected and repaired to a smooth service which is properly bonded to the hull fibreglass. Only then can the new rib tubes be glued on. This replacement of glued rib tubes is a task which requires professional attention and must be undertaken in a suitably dry and heated environment. This preparation and climatic control is vital so that the glue bonds between the hull and the replacement tube. The tube to rib connection needs both adequate strength and a complete absence of voids anywhere in the layer of adhesive. Replacement of glued tubes is therefore not a “DIY” undertaking.
In order to get the right replacement tubes to fit your Zodiac Milpro and Avon rib, we must know both the boat identification number and the “ID” number from the builder’s plate. These two numbers allow us to accurately identify the right replacement tubes for your particular Zodiac Milpro or Avon rib model. This is essential because there can be subtle differences between models that look identical.
Please note that new tubes for Zodiac Milpro and Avon ribs are generally only available from the Zodiac factory for ribs up to 8-10 years old. However tubes for older Avon models are often still available, as the Avon tubes templates were often classic designs that have been reused for many years. Zodiac Milpro and Avon no longer manufacturer replacement rib tubes for their older ribs. Therefore we often have to check replacement Zodiac Milpro and Avon rib tube availability with the factory, which may take a few days.
The supply-only of new Zodiac Milpro and Avon replacement rib tubes can be delivered anywhere in the UK. We also export these Zodiac replacement tubes internationally. Replacement Zodiac Milpro and Avon rib tubes are quite bulky and heavy items, so getting the new rib tubes delivered to you is a very important issue for us. We need to know your full postal address and also know that you can safely off-load them from a small van or lorry.
Assessing your Rib or Inflatable Damage
If your rib or inflatable tube has been damaged, then the first thing you need to do is to help us assess the extent of the damage. Please note that not all accidental damage to rib or inflatable tubes is repairable. Therefore we will need to assess your damage before we quote you for a repair or replacement. This can most easily be done by you e-mailing us photos of the damaged areas. Please do not bring your damaged boat here to Skipton without calling us first –we do not have space for long term boat storage. We can then advise you on the best course of action to either repair, or to replace.
Rib Insurance Repairs
We have a long history of working with many of the major marine insurance companies to help to resolve a damage claim in a professional manner. We are familiar with the requirements of the marine insurance companies, their professional marine insurance assessors. We also deal with the qualified marine engineers who may be employed to visit the boat and provide the insurance companies with their independent expert advice. We are quite happy to quote either the boat owner or the insurance company for tube repair or replacement works. Customers who are having their boats repaired by insurance companies must be clear as to which organisation is responsible for authorising us to proceed with a repair or replacement.
Rib Tube Repairs and Replacements – Our Footnote about Terms and Conditions
With rib tube replacements and repairs, quality control is vital. This is simply because the tubes form a vital part of the ribs buoyancy (and hence safety) when the rib is out being used on the water. Therefore we reserve the right at all times not to undertake any repairs on any tubes or boat types where either we feel we are not able to do a repair or replacement professionally and/or where we believe a repair or replacement may be compromise the boat’s integrity, stability or safety. We apologise in advance if your boat is not repairable by us. Sorry - sometimes it happens!