How Do I Protect my RIB from UV Damage

Protect my RIB
Protect my RIB

Protect my RIB

UV damage can cause premature aging, fading, and deterioration of the materials used in your Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).

Protecting your RIB from UV damage is essential to maintain its appearance and prolong its lifespan.

Here are some tips for protecting your RIB from UV damage. Reach out to marine stores to get to know the products.

By the way, I wrote another article on how to maintain your RIB top-notch.

1. Use UV Protectant

Apply a UV protectant specifically designed for inflatable boat materials to protect against sun damage and fading.

Choose a product that provides UV protection and restores moisture to the material.

2. Cover when Not in Use

Cover your RIB with a durable, UV-resistant boat cover when it’s not in use to shield it from direct sunlight and UV exposure.

Ensure that the cover fits snugly and covers the entire boat, including the tubes and deck.

During our holidays, I diligently ensure the protection of my Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) by securely covering it while it resides in the harbour.

Observing other RIBs left unprotected, it becomes evident that prolonged exposure leads to noticeable degradation, particularly noticeable in the case of black tubes.

3. Store your RIB in a Shaded Area

This can be in a boat garage, carport, or covered storage facility. I use that last one to protect my RIB.

Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or exposure to UV rays for prolonged periods!

Especially black tubes are very sensitive to the sun. Avoid choosing them when you’re going out in hot countries.

4. Apply Wax or Polish

Apply a marine-grade wax or polish to the hull and deck of your RIB to create a protective barrier against UV rays and other environmental contaminants.

Reapply regularly for maximum protection.

5. Keep Tubes Inflated

Inflate the tubes of your RIB to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure when not in use to prevent UV damage and premature aging.

Deflated tubes are more susceptible to UV damage and degradation.

To protect my RIB I leave it stored the way I used it last on the water.

Due to temperature changes where I live I don’t pump the tubes extra in winter.

6. Regular Cleaning

Clean your RIB regularly with mild soap and water to remove dirt, salt, and other contaminants that can accelerate UV damage.

Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the material.

7. Inspect and Repair

Inspect your RIB regularly for any signs of UV damage, including fading, discoloration, or degradation of the material.

Repair any damage promptly to prevent further deterioration. If needed contact a professional.

8. Shade Options

Install shade options on your RIB, such as a bimini top or canopy, to provide additional protection from UV exposure while boating.

Ensure that the shade option is securely attached and properly maintained as well.

9. Avoid Overexposure

Limit the amount of time your RIB is exposed to direct sunlight and UV rays, especially during the peak hours of UV intensity.

Plan boating activities for early morning or late afternoon when UV levels are lower.

10. Professional Treatment

Consider professional treatments or coatings specifically designed to protect inflatable boat materials from UV damage.

Consult with a marine professional for recommendations and application guidelines.


I make sure to take care of my RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) like it’s part of the family budget, you know?

Gotta keep it in top-notch shape—it’s not just a vessel; it’s an investment in our adventures and memories.

By following these tips for protecting your RIB from UV damage, you can preserve its appearance and performance for years to come, ensuring many enjoyable boating adventures ahead.

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