Hi all, I've seen several articles about repairing inflatables and just wanted to confirm what I'm doing is right before I start.
Firstly, the inflatable keel on my YAM deflates within about 10 minutes now. I did the soapy water test and it's definitely coming from the valve.
I've read that it could just be mucky and removing the valve and cleaning it with soapy water could just fix it. Alternatively it could need replacing. Does this sound right? And if so, should I try cleaning it first before replacing, or just do it in one go?
Either way I'll need a valve spanner. Is there a cheaper/DIY option, or is it worth paying the £12 for the proper tool? I believe it's the BRAVO 2001 valve.
Secondly, there's a patch on the rear sponson which has just started leaking in the last month or two (think it may have been the summer heat/pressure).
As you can see, it's pretty minor. And it takes over a week to go around 70% firm. Is there a way of resealing the edge, or using sealant on the inside? I'd rather not remove and replace the patch if I can avoid it.
Any advice greatly received!