Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
If its only out 24hours I'd be less than certain it needs it if you are happy the oil seal works.
If you wanted to do something a quick squirt of silicone/sikkaflex would probably be in order but if there is residual oil will it stick? Would some tape around the outside work better? Or would a good dose of expanding foam be better? Squirt in apply cap as fast as possible and invert? My suspicion is your point of failure is more likely the attachment of the buoy to rope... does it have a moulded in handle? what stops the rope chaffing through that? If you were squirting expanding foam about I might be tempted to try and get some inside the handle so if it chaffs through it gets to foam... foam has no strength so it will chaff through that too and out the otherside but would float longer than once the first hole is in the handle... I'd also think about chaff protection on the outside - rope through a bit of pipe? Duck tape on some split pipe over the handle. Those handles are very soft PVC / PE plastic in my experience...
Most with handles moulded in have the lid and handle close together. great for pouring but means the handle will become the bottom so the lid will be in the water...
Yes it has a moulded handle and yes the cap will be submersed . I will be checking it every morning, do I guess I can check it for leaks and possibly any rope chaffing. I went up whitby last weekend and it seemed that all the markers were made like this with flags . So that's what has made me go for this way .
Also spartacus has guaranteed that I will find lost buoys whilst up there !! Probably lost from rope chaffing.
I am now going to take a fresh look at how to attach rope to moulded handle minimising rope chaffing.
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