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Old 16 March 2017, 22:05   #1
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Cone seam

What are your thought on my searider cone seam. I've pumped the boat up and sprayed with soapy water and no leaks but the starboard cone is missing the seam tape. I'm thinking I may want to have my RIB shop add a reinforcing patch to cover this area for extra support?

I just purchased the boat and am in the process of removing the bottom paint and adding a jockey. I've made a deposit on a new engine but now I'm getting nervous that the tubes might not hold up as well once it's up to speed.

What are your thought?
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Old 16 March 2017, 23:17   #2
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Probably fine but adding a piece of hypalon is too much work.
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i would get the shop to do it for you for piece of mind its not leaking so no issues but it needs doing.
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Probably fine but adding a piece of hypalon is too much work.
Gluing inflatables is waayyyy easier than fiberglass work.

1 to 1.5 hr to patch both sides of you're speedy.
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If it was mine i would cover the whole underside with hypalon patch... You dont want any edges ... OR replace the strip which is a very easy small job for a rib shop...
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How about a patch shaped like this? It would cover the full bottom of the cone without an exposed seem and the just a strip covering the top? Would it be best to have the large patch butt up to each side as close together and then apply a patch on top of that? Or maybe better to have it fully overlap on the top?
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Probably (b) so you wouldn't have any seams under water (piece of mind for you that won't start peeling back at speed)

Just read my post , above - meant "not" much work.
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Picture B for sure... and seal any leading edges with a marine sealant... BUT the key to getting this job done correct is all in the preparation...
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Personally I'd take it to a reputable rib shop & have a proper job made of it. The cone ends take the worst of the battering that the tubes get. Probably why the tape came off in the first place. It won't get better.
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