Now I am really P&&&&d off
I have found my leak
It was a small leak and it is now a very big leak
Went down today, tried soapy water in the valve, seemed to be OK, pumped that chamber up fairly hard and bang fshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lots of bubbles and it was flat again in about 2 minutes
Photos attached - no idea what has happened it looks almost like the hypalon is rotten and blown out but surely it shouldn't be completely knackered at 6 years old?
the boat has only done 300 hours of running time and has been stored out of the water most of its life.
Given that I haven't reversed into anything I can't see how it can be physical damage, it isn't from rubbing on the pontoon or anything, it just looks to have "burst". Though if it was rotten, I would have thought it would fail where it is attached to the rigid part of the hull.
The visible damage (there may be more which I can't see by pulling it up onto a slipway, I just wanted to investigate the large amount of bubbles that suddenly appeared) is in about the worst possible place being right between two seams where the "cone" is fixed into the rear of the tube. Couldn't see it that well with the boat still in the water, I will take it out later or tomorrow as I can't use it like this anyway, it is now going flat straight away.
Any thoughts, can this be repaired/is it going to last or is it a throwaway job? I figure an ordinary patch won't be much good because of the seams, and below the waterline I guess it will get a hard time anyway even if it was attached to a flat area.
Please don't anybody say "take it to your nearest specialist" because there isn't one...
any comments would be gratefully received
I am starting to wish I bought the Wildcat instead