RIB Retube,Rib Repair and Inflatable Boat Services
Inflatable craft, such as Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB) and Dinghies have been very popular for many years. Being inflatable, they have many advantages over non-inflatable craft but they can be susceptible to punctures, air leaks and abrasive damage. On the up side, they can usually be repaired with the right products and skills. That is where we at RibFix come in.
With nearly twenty years of experience in the inflatable boat/marine industry, some would consider usas an inflatable boat specialist, there are very few areas where we would not be able to assist in. We can carry out repairs on RIB tubes, fenders, dinghies, hot tubs, paddle boards etc. and if required, sell you repair products and give advice. We only like to sell products we have tried, tested and use personally so we know our customers are receiving quality items and have the best chance of making a successful rib repair or any other inflatable. to help i have compiled several informative videos to aid you along the way, you will find the button near the bottom of the page .
Paddleboards have become increasingly popular over the years. Being inflatable, they have many advantages over their rigid (non-inflatable) cousins, but they are susceptible to punctures, air leaks and abrasive damage. But they can usually be repaired with the right products and skills.
Mobile Tube Repair
We also offer a Mobile Tube Repair Service where we come to you, to repair your rigid inflatable boat parts and tubes, this may be subject to weather conditions, location and time schedule.
Rib Tube Replacement - Retube - Collar Replacement
When the tube of your inflatable boat is beyond repair its time to have it replaced with new hypalon RIB collar tube, within the industry this is often called a retube and can bring an old worn out rib back to life providing the hull is in good order. This is also known as re-tube, retubing, RIB retube, collar replacement, sponsion replacement.
The repair of other inflatables such as inflatable kayaks, paddleboards(SUP), air dock. ,
Often dinghies, tenders, support boats will get damaged, not just when launching or coming out of the water but while at sea or in a lake, on shallow rocks and perhaps on the side of yachts or other boats.
Rigid Inflatable Boat - RIB
Rigid Inflatable Boat aka RIB is a rigid hull usually made from GRP with an inflatable top. They are fast and stable and make great rescue craft, work boats and are very popular as sports boats and pleasurecraft. The RIB in the picture is typical of those used by the RNLI around the coast of Great Britain. For more information on the rigid inflatable boat.
The 'tube' is normally made of Hypalon (the most common after 2015), PVC (the most common before 2015) or Polyurethane (quite rare). You must be sure of what material the tube is made of before contemplating any repair.
The ubiquitous inflatable dinghy, sometimes known as a Soft Inflatable Boat SIB has been around for years. They are the tender of choice for most yachtsmen, they are very stable on the water and can easily be deflated and stowed when not in use. Inflatable dinghies are also used for pleasure and as survival craft. For more information on the inflatable dinghy.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard - SUP
Inflatable Paddleboard is an inflatable version of a regular stand up paddle board. They are easy to transport when deflated and relatively light. The higher the pressure the firmer and stiffer board will be and a thicker board is also stiffer. For more information on the stand up paddleboard.
They are normally made of PVC. But you must be sure of what material the paddle board is made of before contemplating any repair.