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Old 27 June 2013, 09:35   #1
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HELP!!! Leaking floor chamber on Honwave

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Hi there, I have a Honwave 3.8 IE WITH INFLATBLE floor.

The starboard floor section is leaking at the front on both sides of a seam where it meets the Bow tube and the starboard tube. (see pics)

I am thinking that maybe to try and peel it back a little then re-glue and perhaps apply a patch over the top. Will this work?

Any help and advice would be much appreciated.

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Old 27 June 2013, 11:17   #2
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That air floor it's a non removable type, right. If small leak, try a small drop or thin line of cracy glue or it's equivalent, let dry. Is it just droplets or slight more water coming in ?

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Old 27 June 2013, 12:50   #3
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Hi there,

I have done a search for cracy glue and nothing comes up. Did you mean Krazy glue?

Will the glue that came with the boat repair kit be suitable?

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Ooops, sorry it's Crazy Glue, the instant glue that comes in a small tube container, available at most stores. The one part glue that comes with boat is just good for emergencies, much better is 2 part pvc glue. (glue and hardener mix) Have repaired many air and water small leaks with instant cracy glue. Don't worry, will not eat or harm sib fabric.

A patch must be adhered on a flat surface to seal properly, not over a seam which isn't flat enough. Preferably would be to peel air deck a bit where it matches agasint seam tube and re glue with 2 part glue. If wanting a fast near instant repair go for the crazy glue without peeling. Clean well surface, apply when completely dry.

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Old 27 June 2013, 13:59   #5
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Thanks. Just need to wait until the rain stops so I can give it a go.

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Is it the actual inflatable floor thats leaking or the starboard tube. Seams are the hardest to fix. If you were to peal back the seam a little and attempt a repair the leak would just move along the seam to a weak spot - so this is pretty much a waste of time. If the leak is on the air floor then you will have a better chance of finding and fixing the problem, but it will take time. The simplest solution as mentioned above is to apply a small amount of superglue at the leak and retest. Another adhesive to use is a product called VLP, which is a liquid vinyl solution. This is a flexible adhesive which will stay flexible (long term solution), whereas superglue is rigid and will crack (short term solution).

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