Lately ribs in Italy begun to be sold very fast for different reasons but the most common is an economical crisis which struck the peninsula.

A number of Rhib producer is working in Sicily and the majority of them are family business which conduct their manufacture with care.

Most of the users from the other side have been misusing their vessels, being badly maintained, being followed by non professionals and now are being sold.

HO TO DETECT IF A RHIB HAS BEEN WELL KEPT?

Well, to begin the normal check like engine hours, certified services, electric panels, fiberglass overall conditions have to be taken care of.. but on tubes?

  1. At first check if there are any leaks with any dish soap and water, go around the junctions of the tubes and run it especially UNDER the ring ASTERN.
  2. Check if there are any unglued parts or cracked gum, if so it remained at sun for long periods and now those parts are critical and need maintenance
  3. check for belt damages. In many places in Italy marinas offer launch with a crane and use the very same belts for a number of boats while ribs need an extra check on tubes.

BUT ONE OF MOST CRUCIAL SPOT IS MILDEW.

Mildew forms because of different factors, but the most common is humidity.

If the Rhib has never been maintained properly, a very large area of mildew of gradient of grey will be present.

BUT DON’T WORRY.

Big D offers a compete treatment for mildew on dinghies.

We take your boat for 3 days and will give it back to you with an absolute new look.