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Old 15 August 2016, 10:15   #1
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Hi Folks,
Was out fishing yesterday in my little Zodiac Hunt N Fish was fishing for black bream and then a tope decided to join the party sad news is I got it close to boat and the sh*t managed to slice the tube, 3 miles offshore and a deflated pontoon. Need some advice on a repair the hole is clean slice about 30mm long but finding a patch and correct glues for the boat seems, impossible some think it is OVC but I doubt that think it is Hypolon, if I were near a specialist would happily take it to them, I live near Bulith Wells. Any ideas or advice would be very welcome.

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Old 15 August 2016, 14:22   #2
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Since you've got a big hole it should be easy to see the inside of the tube which will make it easy to identify the material.

Plenty of suppliers of patch kits. I think with a cut that size you'll want an internal patch before you do the external one.

I don't think there is anyone particularly close, you are half way between Henshaws (Wincanton) and the guys in Preston.
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Since you've got a big hole it should be easy to see the inside of the tube which will make it easy to identify the material.

Plenty of suppliers of patch kits. I think with a cut that size you'll want an internal patch before you do the external one.

I don't think there is anyone particularly close, you are half way between Henshaws (Wincanton) and the guys in Preston.
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Get a clam shell repair for the time being until you can sort it then your still on the water also tear aid is very good both need no skills and great in an emergency you can take both off again to do a permanent job
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I'd be packing it up and couriering it to a specialist if it was me. They are quite cheap these days and get it done perfect.
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Thanks for the replies

Hi Poly,
I think it is hypalon looks to be fabric sandwiched between two layers, the hunt and Fish boats are tough little tubs but an angry tope it hard to deal with on light tackle.

I would prefer to take it to a specialist, as you say something over an inch would need an internal patch as well, got most of the water out but still some in there. You don't half get that sinking feeling when it happens 3 miles from the harbour.

Will look into the nearest repair centre, I have to travel to Woking for work once a month so have options to drop off.

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Looks like PVC to me from all the images I can find online of them.
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Get a clam shell repair for the time being until you can sort it then your still on the water also tear aid is very good both need no skills and great in an emergency you can take both off again to do a permanent job
Those might be get you home tools, but I wouldn't head to sea with a foot long gash in a tube and a temporary plug on it.
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Will look into the nearest repair centre, I have to travel to Woking for work once a month so have options to drop off.
My English a road geography isn't great, but does Woking make it practical to do Wincanton or Southampton?
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Will make it work, can drop it off and collect on way back, Wincanton best bet.

Hi Nos4r2

Seen the pictures too, that is not my boat, this is a textured flat green boat, agree the pictures you are seeing are for the Bombard version, looks pretty cheap to me and very PVC ish. Will take some pictures tomorrow think you will see the difference.

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