Originally Posted by tottenham
I have quite a big airleak in the keel. I havn't taken the floor out yet to check if its repairable but if it isn't I've heard that pool noodles suffice. True or false?
I would consider getting a new one but I cant find any.
Also theres a few pin holes in the hull. Whats a good way to repair? The previous owner used Selleys all fix which obviously isnt the right product.
The tubes are fine they hold air for a couple of weeks.
Had to Google 'pool noodles' as I didn't have a clue what you were on about!
No, these won't work. Remove the floor of the Zodiac. The inflatable keel normally fails at the fold section near the transom. It's quite difficult to patch on the fold, but take a look. The inflatable keel pressure is 220 millibar and that's what gives the boat rigidity once the floor section is in place, side stringers locked in, etc.
In addition check the valve. It could be losing air here too. The cap rubber insert and rubber diaphragm are replaceable. You can lube with a little Duckhams yellow grease so they don't dry out. The GR has inter-communicating valves, but the keel is more likely a standard alloy Derlin valve. So something like this.