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Old 29 March 2014, 17:42   #1
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Any use in trying to salvage?

Hi RIBers,

New forum member here with a question. I think I know what the answer is, but wanted to ask the members their opinion.

My friend and I have an old inflatable, A 13.5' Campari (Japan) that we bought in 1980. It has been in storage for about 14 years. We dug it out to see if it was useful, but were expecting the worst. It has 3 chambers, and upon inflating the first chamber (port side), we were excited in that it was holding air with only minimal leakage from where the Hypalon was showing through some brittle cracks in the coating. The bow chamber inflated, but with more crack/crease leaks. Here is the sad part - upon inflating the Starboard side chamber, it would not hold, and large areas of Hypalon is visible under the cracked-off exterior coating. There is just too much leakage over too large an area for that chamber to inflate.

My question, and thanks for being patient while I get to it, is: Are boats that exhibit this sort of leakage fixable? I know this might be a hard question to answer, given that you might need to see it in person, but I just wanted to ask, if in general, a fix should be attempted, or, should we spring for a new boat.

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Any response would be appreciated - Thank you for listening.
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Old 29 March 2014, 20:28   #2
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Hi there,

Just come across this,
To be honest the only way you are going to get a good fix on this is by getting it re tubed but it definitely isn't worth it, you can buy a brand new one for under 400.
Hope that helps a little?
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Old 29 March 2014, 23:52   #3
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Marineteq...thanks for the reply.
Yes...totally agree...just needed to bounce this off someone else.
I think it's time to give the old gal a nice send off, and get her replacement.
Thanks.
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Old 30 March 2014, 00:42   #4
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It's fixable, but would likely cost more than replacement. And be unreliable.

Stop by a boating shop (ocean, not so much watersports) and pick up a copy of Latitude 38; they have quite a few ads for used tenders that usually go pretty cheap.

Or keep your eyes open on Craigslist.

Luck;

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Even if you patched it, you couldn't trust the material the patch is bonded to, if it's that far degraded it could just pull apart. Wise idea on getting a new boat.
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Old 30 March 2014, 20:54   #6
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Yes...new boat!!!!

Thanks all...just wanted to check before I trash it.
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