Pre Season RIB Checks (1) RIB Tubes and Hull

Well, it’s nearly the beginning of the summer school holidays, the time of year when most RIBs are used most frequently. With most RIBS being kept on driveways or marina hard standings until being used, I thought it would be worth putting together a few blog posts containing checklists for the RIB season ahead!

In part one, I’ll look at general preparation and hull inspection. Hopefully your RIB isnt quite as bad as this example I found on the web!

GENERAL

Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and RIB tubes using a mild detergent or specialist marine cleaner – 3m’s cleaner and RIB Revive are both good products and can be found at decent marine outlets.

Make sure drains, elephant’s trunks and scuppers are clear of build up from the winter!

Apply a good coat of polish to the RIB hull,  lubricate all moving parts and metal fittings with an appropriate lube.

Clean and polish metal with a good metal polish

If you have teak decks, clean teak and then oil as per instructions

Clean your cover canvas, bimini and dodger if you’re lucky enough to have a fancy “Med Style” RIB with these luxuries!

Check spare parts and tools and replace as necessary

Make sure your documents (VHF, insurance, CEVNI, ICC etc) are onboard and in date

HULL

Check for hull abrasions, scratches, gouges, etc. and repair. If you see blisters on the RIB’s hull as per this picture, seek professional advice!

Check and replace anodes

Check rub rails

Check swim platform and/or ladder

Inspect and test trim tabs

Touch up or replace antifouling paint.

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