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Old 19 January 2015, 20:10   #11
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wow thats awesome. i find things like handles go quickly. the hypalon covering them tends to tear. which seems common on anything over 10 years. easy fix though id imagine with the right glue?
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Old 19 January 2015, 20:21   #12
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wow thats awesome. i find things like handles go quickly. the hypalon covering them tends to tear. which seems common on anything over 10 years. easy fix though id imagine with the right glue?
Hypalon and neoprene have fairly low tear resistance. Hypalon handles are pretty much cosmetic. You'll notice that commercial boats instead have poly lifelines or Epdm rubber handles.

Most hypalon comes with a 10 year fabric warranty. The manufacturer typically expects the material to last 15-25 years.

My Zodiac FC470 is a 1990. It's fraying at the edges and has creamer leaks around the seams, but it will still hold operating pressure for several days at a constant temp. It takes about a month to hit 1.5 psi.
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Old 19 January 2015, 21:27   #13
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is it normal to get the odd fray from under the material, even when a boat is fairly new? like a piece stray cotton?

its ok to just snip them?
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Old 20 January 2015, 05:31   #14
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is it normal to get the odd fray from under the material, even when a boat is fairly new? like a piece stray cotton?

its ok to just snip them?
Yes and yes.
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Old 20 January 2015, 05:33   #15
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My Scorpion tubes were shot through UV degradation at 17 years old. However the boat was only kept under a cover for about 4 or 5 years.

The tubes on my 1978 Searider were pretty good when I sold it at 30 years old. It was always kept under a cover ashore.

It's the sun that kills them!
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It's the sun that kills them!
No cleaner / protectant or using the wrong cleaner / protectant can have the same effect.

A little 303 Aerospace Protectant goes a long way.
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Old 20 January 2015, 11:42   #17
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is it normal to get the odd fray from under the material, even when a boat is fairly new? like a piece stray cotton?

its ok to just snip them?
singe em off with a blow torch or hot air gun
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Old 20 January 2015, 21:07   #18
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what the lol.

of course one must be careful trimming with a baloon, pop. i have a pair of snips that are rounded at each end. prob safest option.
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Re: exposed threads: I've used scissors, a lighter, and a pocket knife. Eventually gave up and left them. Nobody really cares.

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As said, it's the sun that kills them. Particularly a problem down here under the hole in the ozone layer!

I think it's been scrapped now but a chap I know had a new Humber here and I think it was stored outside permanently, last time I saw it a few years back the tubes had literally lost almost all of the outer layer and there was fabric showing everything - they were absolutely shot. I don't know how old it would be last time I saw it - would guess somewhere in the 10-15 year range. It's why mine lives in the garage!

Interesting to read the comments about fraying threads, I have some hairs around my wear patches and had been pondering whether it was too risky to deal with them!
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