Couldnít resist spending just 1/2hr playing with the boat this evening.
I conveniently didnít manage to source any tiles for the bathroom Iím re-fitting in the house at the moment, which meant I had a little time. Mrs Nasher has pointed out that most of the reason I didnít get the tiles was because the boys and myself spent all day Sunday picking the boat up and cleaning it down, but sheís being very good about it so far.
First the really good news.
Despite the temperature plummeting in my unheated garage this evening and the pin-pricks mentioned initially, all three chambers of the boat donít feel as if theyíve lost any air at all since we first pumped it up yesterday afternoon.
Cleaning the valves out obviously worked, and the pin pricks must have closed up when the pressure in the tubes dropped slightly, but I really canít feel the difference.
Adding the wear patches I mentioned over the top of them will certainly stop them leaking at all.
Next the good news.
I tried a very quick wipe over the deck with Acetone before washing it off again, and the result can be seen in the first image below. With a bit of work it will clean up really well. Or am I tempting danger using Acetone?
Now the bad news.
The badly applied patch to the deck near the bow in the second image is leaking where the top layer goes over the edge of the bottom layer.
The bottom layer has been applied up to the edge of the seam, then another layer has been added overlapping it. I assume it was still leaking.
Iíll peel them both off, clean the area up and apply a patch around the corner, hopefully if done properly this will sort it.
And the rest of the bad news.
In the third image I have marked with a Blue Chinagraph pencil an area along the seam where the material has cracked open. Itís almost directly opposite a patch on the other part of the deck, and Iím wondering if the sailing club used to jam something down in the gap, a temporary flag pole or something, which caused some damage.
Anyway, theyíve left me with a difficult repair along the seam just like the one near the bow that Iíve mentioned above.
This part of the deck goes down quite quickly, and the difference was apparent within 10mins this evening.
Despite having done quite a few repairs to both Hypalon and PVC over the years, some of which were quite involved, Iíd appreciate any tips from the professionals on how to tackle these areas.
So the shopping list so far.
New drum of Acetone or other solvent to clean the deck.
2 pieces of Black non-slip wear patch material @8Ē x 36Ē
About a foot square of light grey PVC or genuine Bombard material to cut patches for the deck.
Good quality 2-part PVC Glue.