April 27, 2006
Even though I've spent countless hours cleaning boats, particularly RIBs, I'm always looking for new ideas, products and cleaning methods that others have discovered. Regardless of your tube materials, Hypalon, polyurethane, or PVC, the following is a good guide for keeping your RIB clean and well maintained.
I start by rinsing off the hull, deck and tubes. With "Simple Green" as my soap of choice, I add a small amount to a pail, and fill with fresh water. I then use a sponge to wash down the console, windshield, seats, upholstery, engine cover and anything else that I feel a scrub brush would be a bit too harsh for. After thoroughly rinsing off these sections, I then scrub the non-skid deck using a heavy brush.
For the tubes, I start again with a soft soapy sponge and work my way from bow to stern, removing dirt, dust and grime. For the stubborn spots I use a face cloth, or rag, which tends to be a bit more aggressive. After rinsing off the tubes and entire boat once again, I let sit to dry. Sometimes wiping the tubes down with a dry towel or chamy cloth will eliminate water spots, especially with a darker tube color.
Once dry, I usually apply a product called "303" to the tubes, using a soft rag. This shines them up and provides some UV Protection. (Always avoid cleaning products with Silicone in them as silicone penetrates the fabric and will make future repairs all but impossible) After that, she's clean and ready to go.
What other cleaning products have you used on your RIB that you’d recommend?? Any cleaning tips or suggestions?
Posted by ribcraftusa at April 27, 2006 12:21 PMBack To Index