Originally Posted by nabiul
I have been using a seahawk 4 up until now, but even with mods it just doesn't move like a real boat. So when I saw this come up on kijiji for a reasonable price, I jumped on it.
Being a first time owner I have some questions. This achilles is 30 years old, is it hypalon or pvc?
When I fold the end cones over the transom it kind of makes a noise like crumpling acetate sheets, is it supposed to do that?
If I plan to refinish this using SRC tuff coat will I have to take off the entire outer coating?
The drain valve was missing, the seller gave me a replacement that was oversized and said I could cut it to size and fit it in there. He also said that the little flapping valve was simply sealed by hydrostatic pressure when in the water and that there wasn't supposed to be a plug or anything on top; is that true?
Will cleaners like zep fast 505 damage the fabric?
It's hypalon. You'll get a crumpling sound with the material, that's normal...but if there's crinkling, inspect the material for degradation or canvas-like stiffening. There may be a latex sealant coating INSIDE the tube, in which case, you're hearing the latex sealant coating crinkle.
The boat should have a drain plug...it looks like a rubber bath stopper.
Hypalon is pretty impervious to most detergents. Make sure it is non-petroleum / non-silicone. One of the best hypalon cleaners I've found is Purple Power degreaser.
I wouldn't use coat it with anything...just leave it as naked hypalon.