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Old 08 June 2012, 17:15   #1
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Tropik by Bombard Restoration Project

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Old 08 June 2012, 17:46   #2
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Scoope: Repair this sport boat to servicable condition by August 7th, 2012, keeping costs down of coarse. We are needing to take this boat to the Gulf of Mexico for our scalloping and fishing trip.

Transom: All sanded down to bare wood. Soft spots from water damage and some holes drilled by the previous owner were filled with expoxy and fiber glass. See pictures. I am leaving the two 3/8 holes at the top to install some eye bolts for towing or lifting. I am planning on finishing it off with some epoxy paint. I am planning on useing G-flex epoxy to adhere / seal it to the rubber mounts and maybe the PVC fibric floor. Some finishing work is still needed.
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Old 08 June 2012, 18:04   #3
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Main tubes:
Small pin hole leak in one side. see pictures. I am considering sealing it from inside with one of the following products:
WEST MARINE Sealant at West Marine
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Sealflex 500ml
Should I do both tubes just in case? Should I be concerned about contaiminating my valves?

Also, the top side of the tubes have some sun damage including areas where the resin coating has pealed off exposing the fabric underneath. See pictures at top of post. Is this just a cosmetic concern? How is this repaired? Should I use urethane or epxoy adhesive and patches or is it best to recoat it? What materials and processes would be used for either approach?
I used large PVC fabric patches in the seat locations a couple of years ago. I used Sta-bond adhesive for that and it did not work as well as I hoped. Margines did not stay well adhered. I attibute that to doing it outside in the Florida humitity.
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Old 08 June 2012, 18:12   #4
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FLoor PVC fabric:
The floor fabric to tubes and transom joints are mostly gone. The floor fabric and bottom side of the tubes are in good shape. I would like some advice on adhesive and repair process including how to fixture the joints. I have seen some deflate the tube and use spring clamps. Or can I just use tape? Should I consider flexible epoxy like G-flex or a urethane produce like the following:
sta bond at NRS - Kayaking Gear Rafting Supplies and Boating Equipment

Clifton Urethane Adhesive at NRSweb.com

WEST SYSTEM | Specialty Epoxies - G/flex

Should I use a differenct material or process for the floor to transom joint?
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Old 08 June 2012, 18:16   #5
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Center Tube:
There are two holes in the center tube. see pictures. One cut near the value and one hole near the back end. Should I patch these or just pinch seal the hole in the back. Should I consider internal sealant on this? Finally how should I tach bond this back to the floor pan?
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Forget the epoxies and go with proper 2 pack inflatable boat PVC fabric repair glue. Follow the instructions to the letter, including/ especially cleaning down first with MEK cleaner. Get this from the adhesive suppliers also.

I've no experience of internal sealants but I rather see them as Last Chance Saloon. Have a look here, it's all you'll need to know:

inflatable boat repair information and procedures about gluing and fabrics

Good Luck!
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Old 09 June 2012, 08:44   #7
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Thanks raymillard. Your recommended site has some very complete instructions and products. I noticed that they sell an internal sealer:
http://www.allboatproducts.com/Inflatable-Boat-Products/Repair-Accessories/Inflatable-Boat-Product-Sealer.html

Does anyone have any experience with this product? I am tempted to try it based on the very small pin hole leak in one of my tubes. See picture link at top of thread.
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Does anyone have any experience bonding PVC fabric to a epoxy/fiberglass coated transom? Should I use a flexible epoxy or a urethane adhesive?
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Anyone have any tips on how to Fixture / hold in place the floor to main tube joints while the glue cures?
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quite a few repair tips here

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