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Old 29 June 2012, 07:25   #1
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Anyone had this Aerotec 380 problem

Just had 4 weeks in Scotland with brand new bombard aerotec 380 & Yam 15hp 2 stroke great combination for my weight 15 stone. but 4 days in I just happened to remove the seat & found the nuts rubbed the tube fabric almost to a puncture this could have ended bad as I often make trips from 5 to 30 miles, done RYA, carry all the saftey equip and always expect the sea to do its worst. Is it common, see member Dino89 had same problem, has any other member had this, as the boat is only 3 months old and do not know if its safe now.
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Old 29 June 2012, 07:56   #2
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I've never heard of this before. Could your tubes have been a bit low on pressure? That's the only obvious possibility that springs to mind.
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Old 29 June 2012, 09:01   #3
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Have you got a picture to post?
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Old 29 June 2012, 09:08   #4
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Not sure about others but I think this is reasonably common thing . I dont know when but mine has extra patches under the seat ( over the seat mounting flap things) that I think are there to combat this specific issue.

I'd think if you are worried it woudl be very simple to add some re-inforcement in this area to act not only as a rubbing strip , but also to strengthen the damage as already occured ?

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Old 29 June 2012, 09:38   #5
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it its that bad then would be worth checking with Avon/Bombard as it could be a warranty issue. 5 years on it if i remember
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Old 29 June 2012, 09:58   #6
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Thanks for your replies.
John - The pressure was not low 0.24 bar tubes & 0.8 bar floor as per book.
Peter - I glued 4 patches where the seat nuts damaged the tubes,
They ended up with holes through to canves,
Max - I have pictures and will post.
Matt - I intend to use my warranty but would appreciate any members with this problem.
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Old 29 June 2012, 10:49   #7
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4. no person on seat gap between nut & tube
5. 1 person on seat no gap so nut rubbing tube
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Old 29 June 2012, 13:30   #8
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Great pics. Looks like you have done exactly what Bombard should have to start with! I would add a second patch for peace of mind.
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If you have to repatch (and mfgr doesn't step up), consider a small piece of SS sheet sandwiched between the patch and tube. Will alleviate any wear-through.

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Don't know if I'd go as far a s/s sheet - but certainly use a larger wear patch, and not the Zodiac/Bombard PVC stuff that last 5 minutes. What you want on there is something a little more commercial. One of these of this will last you ages! Diamond Pattern Non Slip Black - Henshaw Inflatables Ltd
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