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Old 09 March 2007, 08:53   #1
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Another sign of Winter's demise

Demaree Inflatable boats http://dibboats.com/ has finished the repairs/improvements to my sponsons, Happy Happy Joy Joy! They will be shipped on monday... Hoo wah!
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Old 09 March 2007, 12:48   #2
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What did you have done?

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Old 09 March 2007, 16:16   #3
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What in gods name is that
Looks like a sea going portaloo
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Old 09 March 2007, 19:52   #4
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The seam glued on the bottom at the back of the port side aft sponson ripped loose, this was due to the force of the water hitting it. Just that very narrow lip is enough I guess if the boat makes enough speed. It was where the tube set meets the cone on the back of the tube. I had demaree glue 6 ft length by 12 inches width of material on the bottom on both sides running back and covering that seam on both sides. This also makes the sponsons a bit tougher where they have the most contact with the water and helps prevent punctures from debris in the water. Generally underway the sponsons are out of the water, I think it was in instances of reentry coming off larger waves that aggravated the problem. I have seen this happen to other boats. If I was making sponsons I would glue it at the back so there is no leading edge of exposed material, but what do I know? Maybe it is too difficult to manufacture that way anyhow it's fixed, along with some minor maintenance touches.

Just noticed that a "new" tube set is 11,500.. that's why I maintain the one I own. Yipes!!
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Old 09 March 2007, 20:44   #5
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Yeah, it is kind of ugly..

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Yes it does!
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Old 10 March 2007, 06:57   #6
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The seam glued on the bottom at the back of the port side aft sponson ripped loose,
I noticed signs of the same thing happening on my boat a few years ago... My local Hurricane guy did the same thing as you, only a shorter length of material. I've had no problems since. I think it's a pretty common problem...
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Just noticed that a "new" tube set is 11,500.. that's why I maintain the one I own. Yipes!!
LOL. Know what you mean.

Your problem sounds pretty similar to our South American friend, Stephen's, initial problem. Of course, his was exacerbated by rotting fabric.

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