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Old 23 September 2014, 15:08   #1
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First time repair - some advice needed

I recently purchased a 15' Quicksilver Class C rib that's in need of some pretty serious work. I've got a lot of great info off these forums already, but have two issues that have me a bit stumped.

I have one compartment deflating. I sprayed it with soapy water and discovered that the valve has a slow leak. There's a video of it here:

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I've also had to strip down the transom, which had been delaminating. The section where the transom connects with the boat has a glassy plastic coat over the wood that has shattered, so the varnished wood is visible underneath:



I'll be cleaning all the glue off and resticking, but I need some advice on how best to fill the broken plastic so that the PVC glue will stick to it. Will a bsic epoxy do it? Should I try roughen the wood surface or leave the varnish intact?

Thanks for the help
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Old 23 September 2014, 16:17   #2
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I might able to assist with your first point, leaking valve should be an easy fix.
One solution is to google your boat then buy the valve from polymarine/ibs with a valve spanner simply unscrew the valve and put the new top in and tighten..

Or this sometimes works position your boat so the valve is facing up an pour a small amount of water in it then a cloth over the top and push the valve this will let air out and tiny bit of water in hopefully this will clear any debris
Hope this may help

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The valve cap leak may just be a leaky o-ring. All valves leak, it is the cap that does the actual sealing.

I would definitely clean the wood, and scuff it before gluing it again with a 2 part glue. Honestly I would carefully inspect the entire transom, and might be inclined to remove it completely and redo everything.
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Old 24 September 2014, 07:56   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll definitely give both tips a try shortly. I am considering removing the entire transom, but slightly concerned that I lack the experience in getting it all back together competently. Also, living in Qatar, there is no suitable glue that I can find anywhere and no air freight couriers will bring it in, so it's either 3-5 weeks wait or have a friend bring it over.
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What has worked for me (sometimes) is partialy inflate the tube, undo the valve and then retighten . What happens sometimes is the tube crinkles under the valve which causes the leak.
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