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Old 26 February 2011, 08:49   #1
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Emergency repair kit

It's hard to believe this hasn't been asked and answered but I couldn't find anything with the search tool.

What's the consensus on the best Hypalon emergency repair kit to carry on a 2-3 day self-sufficient boating trip?

Will one-part adhesive and a couple of hypalon patches suffice for on-the-fly repairs or is there a better solution for a quick fix (it's probably not realistic to be doing full-blown glue work)?

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Old 26 February 2011, 09:28   #2
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Jon , I put a 2 inch rip in my tubes in January ( much everyones amusment as it was a RIBNET gathering...) . I then did 25 miles with flappy tubes at 35knots , but only because I had not remembered to bring this with me;

http://www.force4.co.uk/526/Barton--...flatables.html

So I borrowed one and did the trip back and the next few days with it in.

Worth taking a couple if you are really worried , but no glue/patches or anything else and leaves damage clean for a 'proper' fix when you can.

Damage as per the pic...

Hopefully you may get them there- if not RIBSHOP on here may be able to sort out sending ?

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Old 26 February 2011, 16:30   #3
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Ah, that's an ingenious solution -- thanks!

If they can't post it directly to California, I can have them send to my dad who lives in Wiltshire (where I grew up) and he can send it along.

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Old 26 February 2011, 16:40   #4
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For smaller holes a set of rubber tapered liferaft bungs for a temporary to get you home
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Ah, that's an ingenious solution
It is, and I have one in my Box O Tricks.

However, a note of Caution: The clamshell will only work in situations where the rip is over 2" and less than 3" long. Soooo, if you have a 1" tear, it's out with the knife, ouch! If it's a 4" tear, you're screwed!

Having thought about it, a DIY, FOC solution is at hand for all of us. Make up a range of various sized 1/4" plywood twinned pieces, backed with rubber (inner tube) or hypalon and mated with a woodscrew or slotted bolt with a fixed nut (for the faint hearted). Insert the back piece in the rip, cover with the outer and screw or tighten together. A screwdriver or diver's knife will be required. You may feel happier with a retaining cord from the backing plate through the outer plate :-)

Simples!
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@PeterM: thanks, that's very useful information. And they ship to the Europe Mainland.
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BTW, I found a US supplier for the Clam Shell: http://www.landfallnavigation.com/clamseal.html
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Soooo, if you have a 1" tear, it's out with the knife, ouch! Simples!
Yep- thats what I did when we got to the Folly in Cowes - very unnerving to do but the repair for a 1 inch cut is much the same as 3inches ! Cant say how good a job RIBSHOP did - you are hard pressed to see it ....
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Have a look at this website, they sell directly great repair kit: http://www.whitewaterdesigns.com/
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Having thought about it, a DIY, FOC solution is at hand for all of us. Make up a range of various sized 1/4" plywood twinned pieces, backed with rubber (inner tube) or hypalon and mated with a woodscrew or slotted bolt with a fixed nut (for the faint hearted). Insert the back piece in the rip, cover with the outer and screw or tighten together. A screwdriver or diver's knife will be required. You may feel happier with a retaining cord from the backing plate through the outer plate :-)

Simples!
Thanks for the inspiration Will. I knocked together some DIY clamshells today. Here's some picks of the largest one:





I used tee nuts (threaded inserts) for the inner half of the clamshell.

I hope I never have to find out how well these work.
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