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Old 26 April 2014, 13:48   #1
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Centerline Tube on AVON S300 what would you do?

Hey guys;

A sound suggestion would be helpful this AM. I have attempted to re-glue the centerline tube and it's not holding. I've done several repairs on this restore and they are all good but this one isn't.

I have an old AVON S300 12' with floor boards and a centerline tube underneath the floorboards that won't hold the air because of the worn, wrinkled, crumpled end. About 3" worth.

I am presuming that because it's the END of the centerline tube, and quite wrinkled and worn, it's just not holding. However, here's my thought.

Since a centerline tube is designed for the hull and NOT the floor, could I just cut off the tail end of the centerline tube and glue it where the end piece is not wrinkled? I would be cutting off about 4" - 6" up. Does anyone feel that this would have an effect on the purpose of the centerline tube under the floor boards?

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 26 April 2014, 14:03   #2
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Its not a bad idea, and if the keel isnt holding air anyway you have nothing to lose.
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Thanks, we will give it a try Monday when I get back home ... and KEEL is the right word. Sorry, I'm a bit new at all this.
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Another theory is the overlay the existing with more material? Hmm, I have plenty but was thinking that since it's the stern part of the boat, it doesn't affect the ride? Perhaps CUTTING BACK those 4" IS the best solution? Anybody else for input?
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I agree, make a clean cut with fresh material and clamp while gluing.
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If it doesn't have to pack away perfectly you could just use one of those foam pool noodles as a new solid keel. Your plan to cut it down should be ok though.
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