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Old 05 February 2015, 13:13   #1
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Emergency Patch Kit Recommendations

Hello all,

I just acquired an older Sillinger 465GT hypalon SIB (16' with wood keel and flooring). It is yellow(ish) hypalon.

My intended use is to tow to various places for spearfishing adventures (including Baja, Mexico).

I want to put together a good patch kit that would handle two scenarios:

1. "on the water" patch kit for minor leaks or holes. The sort of "oh sh*t" we need to stop this leak so we can get home" sort of thing.

2. A camp site (or hotel parking lot, side of the road, etc) kit that would handle both minor issues but also be able to address bigger problems such as a tear or a handle pulling free, etc.

Is there anything one can buy "off the shelf" as a pre-packaged kit for either/both scenarios, or will I need to assemble all the bits myself. And if the latter, what do people recommend I include in these kits?

I've owned a RIB before, but never traveled with it, and never had to patch it, so the process of patching/repairing a hypalon boat is unfamiliar to me.

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Old 05 February 2015, 14:14   #2
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Handy to have one of these aboard.

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Emergency Patch Kit Recommendations

As above.

Barton clam seal. Always in my toolkit.
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As above.

Barton clam seal. Always in my toolkit.
Me to in the rib permanently


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cutting a hole BIGGER to use it would take a bit of bravery.

It would need to be a last resort.
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cutting a hole BIGGER to use it would take a bit of bravery.

It would need to be a last resort.

Also you could be bouncing about in the sound somewhere in F5/6 which would be interesting


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Do those clamseals use adhesive, or just the pressure between the halves to hold the air?

I've added one to my shopping basket. Still looking for something that would cover a more likely incident - a 9/32" or 5/16" hole from a spear gun shaft or a fish spine (which would be even smaller).
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As far as the kit goes, most come with a one-part tube which I find pretty much useless.

My suggestion: Surf to NRS (NRSWeb.com) and either get:

a set of hypalon patches, or a strip of hypalon and cut your own.

Some good 2-part hypalon glue (Clifton, Weaver, whoever.) Note that this stuff has a shelf life, so you'll need to replace it each year used or not.

Add in some sandpaper, a roller rasp (available at Pep Boys for about $3 in the tire repair section), some Toluene or MEK (or Acetone if you can't get those - MEK is available in quarts at TAP Plastics), some heavy nylon thread and an upholstery needle, a few dixie cups and some popsicle sticks, and maybe a couple of small chip brushes or acid brushes and you'll likely be set for most hypalon repairs.

A tube of McNett's Aquaseal and the unfilled (clear) Cotol 240 can be used for minor repairs, but I'd use that only if you can't do a proper repair (due to access or time or environmental issues.)

Then you just have to figure out how to store it.

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I will have to get one of those they look to be very effective .
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Do those clamseals use adhesive, or just the pressure between the halves to hold the air?
Pressure, I keep one on board, they are obviously a get you home method not a fix.
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