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Old 21 July 2008, 05:43   #1
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeen
Boat name: Extravagance
Make: Humber Destroyer
Length: 6m +
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Tube Reinforcement

Apologies if this has been answered previously..

I would like to add reinforcement patches/ panels to the tubes of my Destroyer and am looking for advice.

Fortunately through work I have access to suitable materials and adhesives, as well as being able to have the panels cut on a flat bed cutting table.

Has anyone any tips of advice?

I am considering using a Kevlar based material manufactured by a company called Inventex. We use it to reinforce the knees and seat on SAR immersion suits. It does not have any stretch though and I wondered whether this would cause a problem?

Any advice on materials in general?

As for carrying out the work, should I abrade the tubes prior to gluing (to gain better purchase). I will be using Bostik 2402 and would normally apply 2 coats to tube and 2 coast to material. Thoughts?

I am presuming tubes should be fully inflated when carrying out the work (they have over pressure valves). Use Toluene to clean before applying adhesive.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 24 September 2008, 15:05   #2
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Use hypalon like the tubes are made of.

The reinforcement on the drive suits we use ends up coming away and fraying and just generally making a mess.
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