I've got some repair to do after the bow got stuffed into the back of a 10-12 ft wave with a friend at the wheel
Fortunately, the self bailing deck and bow could keep up with the water coming on board make the 12 mile run back to shore.
The Hypalon tape tore from the tip of the bow to 30% down each side and bent the hand rails on the inside of the bow tube inward from the front post. It seems like this should be a pretty easy repair but I wanted to know if anyone has done a repair like this before themselves.
The other question I have is about the strength of Hypalon over time. A full re-tube is very expensive but do people replace the seam between the boat and the tube to get more life out of the tubes before a full-tube? Is this type of failure typical with Hypalon past it's prime? Is there a good way to evaluate the strength the tube material on a used boat?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.