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Old 01 December 2001, 09:25   #1
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Repair Patch

Hi All,
As a novice to this Rib sport I had the misfortune of a small tear
in the rear tube caused by a metal object.Earlier I had been on
a trip to Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland in my 5 M
Lencraft.I repaired with Bostic 2402 Etc and no problems since.
Q1- Does patch have a lifespan or wait till a leak occurs?
Q2- What you do if it happens on island ? ie tips to get you home as tear was 2 ins and near waterline on main rear tube.
Thanks in advance
Alan
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Old 01 December 2001, 09:33   #2
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For a temporary repair, try the following, first using a sail maker needle and thread sow the split up. Dry the area and apply patches and glue int he normal manner. There are number of good kits for Ribs witheverything included. If not ordinary evostick has proven effective in the past.
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Altenativly for a very quick repair and better than stitching, use a good grade super glue. If the tear is not repairable in an emergancy, the inflation valve should be removed so any water that gets in the tube can come out as you are going along. You run the risk of doing more damage to the tubes if you let water get into them under pressure. A plasic bag and an old sock will aslo get you home, but that is another story.Alan P
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Old 01 December 2001, 15:09   #4
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For some tears, the best way is to put a repair patch on the inside.This is usually easier on damage that is 2 inches long and above.The preparation is exactly the same as if you were patching the outside of the tube.
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Another idea for "temporary get you home reapirs" is to carry an emergency bladder. They are generally made from a lightweight PU film material, which does not have a base fabric. In the event of a tear in the tube, simply get the bladder, insert through the tear, and inflate. The bladder inflates to fill the whole chamber regardless of the shape of the chamber. The Royal Marines (SBS) carry some as standard spares on some of their RIB,s. If the tear is too small (less than a couple of inches) simply cut a slightly larger hole, which can be permanently repaired at a later date.
I must declare a commercial interest, They can be made by Henshaw,s and cost for a standard size bag around 40.00
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Why havn't I got one of these on my boat? Can you make me one for Spirit please? Cheers Alan Priddy
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Old 06 December 2001, 15:35   #7
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You never asked us!!! And besides, we were told that you were such an experienced and careful driver that emergency repairs would never be needed.

Yes we can make one for you, and will gladly donate , which will make a big hole in our sponsorship budget for the year!!

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To Chris, my best friend, Cheers I promise not to be too annoying
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How and where ?.

Christopher

Sounds like this is a should carry item.
How small do they pack down?.
Do they blow up with a normal foot pump, tell us more and can you send me some details of how to get one suitable for a 4.8 M rib.

Thanks Gary
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Another (easier & cheaper?) temporary repair device is available. It is a type of metal & rubber clamshell which can repair a tear up to about 3 inches. It is in two halves, you just insert one half thru the hole, put the other half on top and tighten up the clamp screw. There is a bendy wire on the inside one to help stop it being dropped in thru the hole, and they are reuseable. I dont know who sells them ( I scrounged a couple from a "secure" friend) but they cant be more than a tenner. I'll attach a photo.
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