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Old 28 February 2010, 14:17   #1
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D-ring or tow ring patch, where to buy?

Hi all,

I need to replace a D-ring patch on my boat. Ideally I'd like it to be identical to the one you see in the pic, the tubes and patch are white PVC, the patch is 5.5" in diameter. My boat is a 1994 zodiac YL530. One concern that I have is that in the pic you can see that the strap is attached directly to the D-ring which is attached directly to the patch. If I'm going to buy a patch with a D-ring how am I going to reuse the strap I already have? As it already has a D-ring. Thanks for any help.

Forgot to mention I'm located in the US so a US based store is preferred.



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Old 28 February 2010, 14:18   #2
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Henshaws, tidel.biz and ribshop may be able to help?
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Old 01 March 2010, 12:02   #3
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Sewn in webbing is great, up until you need to be able to remove it. The alternative (usually some sort of friction buckle) is great when you have to remove the webbing, but sucks otherwise.

FWIW, I've gotten reasonably fair at stiching webbing back together using one of these: http://www.speedystitcher.com/

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Sewn in webbing is great, up until you need to be able to remove it. The alternative (usually some sort of friction buckle) is great when you have to remove the webbing, but sucks otherwise.

FWIW, I've gotten reasonably fair at stiching webbing back together using one of these: http://www.speedystitcher.com/

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Can you get them in the UK
We always have problams with horse rugs where the webbing breaks
this looks like it would do the job
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Old 01 March 2010, 18:00   #5
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Thanks Chewy but those places didn't have what I needed online.

jyasaki, I'm not sure what you're suggesting, that I stitch the strap directly into the tube?

Regardless, I bought that speedystitcher awl since I needed something like that for a long time already.
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Here a place where you will find original zodiac parts in the states: "http://inflatableboats.com", type D-RING in the search field.

One option, if you don't want to stich, you might try to remove the D ring's from the strap and the new patch and replace with a small stainless shackle? Donīt know if a bolt cutter would do the job, maybe?
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jyasaki, I'm not sure what you're suggesting, that I stitch the strap directly into the tube?
No; cut the stitching that hold the webbing onto the old D-ring, remove said D-ring and patch, glue on a new D-ring patch, and stitch the webbing back onto the new D-ring.

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I figured that since the pull on this D ring will always be in one direction, it's purpose would be better served with a different kind of patch. So I bought some PVC material, Weaver PVC 2 part glue ($40), and a nylon dog leash ($4). I reused the old D ring by cutting it at the joint and prying it open a little, this way I was able to insert the old strap and the part of the nylon dog leash that had a loop stitched in it (after cutting off the snap). I stitched the new nylon strap to some PVC material, and glued some more on top forming the rectangle that's visible under the big patch. The glue is surprisingly strong once directions are followed. I'm just wondering how it holds up over time in heat and humidity. In any case it has a better chance with the patch I made because of it's size and shape. It's my first time doing something like this, I think it turned out OK, time will tell.

I'm curious if these D rings came with the boat originally / whether they're absolutely necessary.

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Looks like a tidy job! Are you going to do the other side now?
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Naw I'll wait for it to come off on its own.
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