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Old 31 January 2013, 11:18   #1
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Fuel Bladders?

Are fuel bladders repairable? I have a bow tank that has a pin hole in it. Can it be patched the same as a rib repair?
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Old 31 January 2013, 11:38   #2
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There was a thread on this a few weeks ago. I've got an RNLI type which is leaking. At some point I need to take it over to Ribshop where I'm hoping they'll be able to fix it.
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As Tim M was saying it came up on a thread a few weeks back , looks as though a few of us have the same problem .

A lot depends on the material used if its Urathane there are some repair kits out there for repairing racing car & aircraft bladders ( though not found a uk supplier yet )goes under the name of FS -RKU fuel safe in the US.
I was speaking to a guy in our boat club about my Rnli sausage bladder , he had spent some time in the military & was saying that they had repair kits but they were only for emergency & were ok for about a month or so ,
Think the most common bow bladders are zodiac ones so they may know but doubt it as they will want to sell you a new one .
In a worst case scenario could you push a stainless or brass nut & bolt with a couple of fibre washers and blank the hole off that way though you would need to get the bolt inside , most zodiac bags have a long filler tube so getting a bolt inside may be hard .
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Just had a word with Seaflex the company who make the fuel bladders for the RNLi & there is no specific type of repair kit available for Polyurathane holding fuel as they are welded seams .
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Oh well

it was a nice one too....
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Just had a word with Seaflex the company who make the fuel bladders for the RNLi & there is no specific type of repair kit available for Polyurathane holding fuel as they are welded seams .
Is the leak at a seam? Wouldn't a bit of surface prep and a glob of PU adhesive/sealant do the trick? Not like it's being subjected to pressure like a RIB tube is.

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Well I have a really nice bow bladder here if anyone can repair it?
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Well I have a really nice bow bladder here if anyone can repair it?
Might take you up on that we could do with a duff after after its been cleaned out of petrol fumes one for our fundraising display d class when it's on public display ,, supermarkets & schools don't like the idea of petrol in their buildings ,
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Well I have a really nice bow bladder here if anyone can repair it?
Have you tried repairing it yourself ? Nothing to loose !!
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Can't you use one of the little whispers to keep there finger over the hole! Dude there has got to be some strong adhesive you could use rather than chuck an expensive fuel bladder
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