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Old 24 June 2014, 16:57   #1
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Wing and a Prayer - the Hole story...

Well, as some of you know, I managed to hole my SIB. It turns out that it got rubbed and eventually holed in the back of my 110 - damn that checkerplate!

Anyway, I discovered it on the slipway. I was taking a friend out to a moored boat and we HAD to go but my repair kit was at home... A quick look around turned up a spent match and a seagull wing feather, the end of which helped seal the hole long enough for us to complete our mission

That done I've set about doing a pukka repair, sourcing the two part PVC glue from Ribshop on here and some MEK from my local liferaft repair outfit. This is the interesting part - the liferaft guy was VERY wary of the MEK on a "cheap Chinese boat" like mine. He says that recent Zodiac advice is to avoid MEK and use tolulene instead and he gave me DIRE warnings about letting MEK near a seam. He has experienced MEK causing seam failure in other boats recently.

Just a heads up guys and gals!
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Old 24 June 2014, 17:06   #2
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Have read similar, I used Acetone and it's more than up to the job of PVC repair prepping and safe enough to use with a Scothbrite pad for cleaning and removal of old glue.
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Well, as some of you know, I managed to hole my SIB. It turns out that it got rubbed and eventually holed in the back of my 110 - damn that checkerplate!

Anyway, I discovered it on the slipway. I was taking a friend out to a moored boat and we HAD to go but my repair kit was at home... A quick look around turned up a spent match and a seagull wing feather, the end of which helped seal the hole long enough for us to complete our mission

That done I've set about doing a pukka repair, sourcing the two part PVC glue from Ribshop on here and some MEK from my local liferaft repair outfit. This is the interesting part - the liferaft guy was VERY wary of the MEK on a "cheap Chinese boat" like mine. He says that recent Zodiac advice is to avoid MEK and use tolulene instead and he gave me DIRE warnings about letting MEK near a seam. He has experienced MEK causing seam failure in other boats recently.

Just a heads up guys and gals!

Kerny knows a thing or two about how tough seagull feathers are, apparently?
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Kerny knows a thing or two about how tough seagull feathers are, apparently?
Aye !! and so does Rocky's foot
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