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Old 31 October 2006, 15:23   #21
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Sorry to hear about your problems. You obviously have an intimate relationship with the lady in the photo. I agree, it does look like she is falling apart. Lots of glue( dinner) and a bottle of wine may fix the problem.
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Old 31 October 2006, 15:28   #22
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The rest of the tube certainly looks OK from the Pic.

It almost looks like something has melted the tube where the patch was stuck on.

Just a thought, could a previous owner have tried to use the wrong adhesive due to the issues involved with sourcing the correct stuff where you are?

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Old 31 October 2006, 16:35   #23
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The rest of the tube certainly looks OK from the Pic.

It almost looks like something has melted the tube where the patch was stuck on.

Just a thought, could a previous owner have tried to use the wrong adhesive due to the issues involved with sourcing the correct stuff where you are?

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I put those patches on after the first lot of problems a few months back, since when it has had probably 10 hours use at most. The glue used was the Polymarine 2 part glue (2990? I think) supposedly the right stuff for hypalon, so it shouldn't be glue related. These were only intended as a temporary repair at the time pending the arrival of lots more glue from Polymarine which had to be shipped by sea due to flammability content.

I see what you mean though, it does look a bit "melted" though the other patch I did is fine (a patch applied elsewhere by the previous owner came off due to not being prepared properly)

Linda, a bottle of wine will help one forget one's problems, cracking idea, in fact I have half a case in the porch which ought to fix it completely. And hey, bonfire night is next week isn't it, 90 ltr of petrol ought to start a good 'un
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Old 01 November 2006, 12:50   #24
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Stephen, perhaps another crackpot idea of mine but...

If the tube had been damaged in the area shown and the woven cloth was exposed (a cut or abrasion or something), could it have soaked up some water? If so, and the boat was kept on her trailer outside in the winter, could the material be delaminated if that moisture froze?

With the Humber tubes being in the water all the time and a boat kept on a mooring, I just wonder. Just a thought. It happens to GRP.

Good luck, and I hope you don't turn it into a bonfire.

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Still don't think I should have to do this much work on a 300 hour leisure boat though just wish I could take it to Paul Tilley or Henshaws and say "fix it and send me the bill" but its a bit far for that did a quick estimate on sending it to Chile for repair the other day and even the freight there and back would have been three and a half grand that's before anybody even looks at it!
You could fly a tube expert over to you for that money!
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Surely you can get a whole new set of tubes for that money.

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Old 02 November 2006, 16:52   #27
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Surely you can get a whole new set of tubes for that money.

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I already have a quote for a complete set of tubes from Mr Tilley and was pleasantly surprised at the cost

I think there's going to be a "bodgit" job to get me back in the water asap, followed by a new set of cone ends from Paul to try and effect a permanent repair, and if that doesn't work (which will only be due to my crap gluing!) then I may look at a complete retube but that's the last ditch option really.

Query on the "bodgit" for opinions will follow shortly
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Old 11 November 2006, 16:13   #28
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Just wish I had held on a bit longer and then I might have got the Rigid Raider that I wanted in the first place
Ah, but you wouldn't be in a position to do what these two intrepid adventurers did

http://www.sportsboat.co.uk/tests_su...item&test_id=7

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Great story, Pete7.
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