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Old 29 September 2015, 23:21   #1
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Fishing hook damage & repair

I read somewhere on this forum that fishing hooks aren't really a concern on an inflatable. Well, I guess that's not entirely true :-)

After last Saturday's fishing trip, I found that one of the tubes leaking air slowly. I used soapy water to find out where the leak was (two tiny slits). Here's a video of it:



I am thinking of using the procedure described in this video. Would that be the right thing to do? My tubes are Hypalon.



In the future, I will try to put a towel over the tube where I land the fish.
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Old 29 September 2015, 23:23   #2
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Here are close-ups of the leaks

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The leaks are just 5/8 inch away from a seam. My patch is 3 inches in diameter. Should I put the patch just to the edge of the seam? Or, should I align the center of the patch with the leaks, such that the patch would cover the seam?
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Old 29 September 2015, 23:33   #3
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I've also read:

"Punctures less than 1/8" in size can be repaired simply without a patch. Deflate your boat, then clean and dry the area to be repaired. Apply a small drop of glue to cover the puncture and let dry for 12 hours. If you need to get on the water sooner, let dry for 30 minutes and then inflate the boat, inflating the compartment with the repair only 3/4 full. This repair might not be permanent so add a drop again at a later date to make it permanent."

Should I try that instead?
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Maybe a Rockfish fin? No big deal, its an easy fix. I would definitely use a proper patch though and not just some glue over the hole. That video from NRS is exactly how I did some patches and they came out perfect. As far as placement of a patch, its recommended that you have the patch extend a few inches all around the leak. Im sure the pros will let you know about the placement.

If you need glue, I have a can of the good stuff with the accelerator from NRS.
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They don't look like fishing hook wounds. It looks as if it's just the surface layer that's cut, which shouldn't cause a leak anyway. If a fishing hook had penetrated the tube you'd know about it.
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Maybe a Rockfish fin?
First thing I thought of as well.

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That's a tiny leak

IMO - when fishing, use a small section of flexible flooring covering to protect the tubes you're landing fish over - as much for piece of mind as anything else. Land fish and lines into a fishbox.

A patch will be the most ideal long term fix - but IMO, a small amount of Urethane glue (as used to repair waders and other rubberlike items) will also work and be solid for many years. Part deflate the tube, put some glue into a syringe (no needle ) and force a little into the pin holes and finish with a small blob over the holes (be sure to clean the area well with thinners first). The intention is to form a mini dumbbell blob of glue that creates a natural plug. The plus side to this method is that you don't suddenly have a patched boat. The leak is not a risk at sea - even if the glue did give way for some reason.
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Did you fix it? I need to do the same. Yesterday I launched a rockfish into the side of my tube, 4 pinholes all in a neat row.
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I haven't, but the supplies from NRS have arrived, and I plan to do it over the weekend. Fingers crossed.

Clifton Hypalon Adhesive Gluing Instructions at NRS.com
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and ... it looks like California rockfish aren't compatible with tubes :-(
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