Rib Retube & Refit: XS Ribs offer a retubing service for all Boats. (At the foot of the page are videos on what a broken flange looks like and a comparison of fabric types in a scartch test)
We now have a dedicated web site just for Repairs, Refits and Retubes Rib Retubes Limited
Here you can see more detail of what we can offer and contact us for further quotes. A guide to costs are shown below
|Size (m)||Cost Inc Vat|
|400 - 450||£3,395|
|460 - 500||£3,895|
|510 - 540||£4,195|
|550 - 600||£4,745|
|610 - 650||£5,295|
|660 - 720||£5,995|
|730 - 800||£7,495|
|8 m +||On Application|
Typically a full retube will take 2-3 weeks. You will need to book the craft in advance to make sure it is in the schedule to be worked on. Retubes can be done at other times of the year but may take longer to complete than in the "winter"
Shown here are GUIDE Prices for retubing craft, this is based on the following criteria:
- Craft supplied to us at Welwyn Garden City with Engine removed (can be left on you just get a better job if we can turn the boat upside down)
- Old Collar still on craft (We MAY need this to make a pattern from)
- Craft on a Road Legal and towable trailer
The prices shown are a GUIDE, we need to discuss with you you specific boat to reach a firm cost. The qoted Cost Includes the following:
Removal of Old Collar
Making of pattern if we do not have it.
Fitting of new collar and all the ancillary items
The standard NEW collar has:
* 5 Compartments (8 on craft 7.5 m +)
* D Section Strake
* External Lifelines
* Tube top patches
* 1580 PU Fabric OR 828 1300 GSM Orca Hypalon
We can fit pressure relief valves, extra cladding, extra strakes, extra handles, all at additional cost. We can also offer new consoles and seating, recovering of the floor and Hull repairs in addition to the retube service.
The New collar will be in 1580 Decitext Polyurethane OR 1300 GSM 828 Orca Hypalon (Standard colours are Orange, Yellow, Grey, Blue. Black)
At the bottom of this page is a link to a Video showing the "scuff test" on PU and Hypalon, give us a call to discuss the type of fabric you want Hypalon or PU further.
ONE WORD OF CAUTION: When a tube is removed from the boat OFTEN there is repair work to the fibreglass that HAS to be done BEFORE the new collar can be fitted. We can only quote to do this work when we have the boat stripped. Above you can see what I mean, this is a broken flange that only showed up once the old tube was off.
Typically this work is in the £250-750 + Vat cost bracket. The normal area of problem is cracks to the flange that the tube sits on that become more apparent when the tube is removed.
The cost of rectifying these areas of wear and tare will be EXTRA to the retube cost. You can often not see this problem till the tubes are removed. If there are issues we wil show these to you (By E Mail) and explain what can be done to fix it.
For craft larger than those listed here please contact us to discuss the costs.
To discuss this service further and confirm costs please contact us:
Tel: + 44 (0) 1707 331 389
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Craft that have been Retubed:
Which fabric best suits you ? PU or Hypalon, watch the scatch test and decide for yourself !
How to do fabric repairs, PU and Hypalon
How to do Gell Coat / Fibreglass Repairs
We are often asked about sealers that can be placed inside a tube to stop it leaking, a bit like painting a tube, all it does is create an awful mess and seldom if ever stops a leak, and what it does do is the ruin the boat completely ! So if the problem can not be sorted out with patches do not wast your money on paint or sealants, just save up for a retube.
Here are some images of a boat we have in for retubing, the sealant had neverr gone off and ruined all the valves !