Forun newb here with a Flatacraft F4 and a Narwhal SIB.
I have been keeping an eye on tube repair topics which are very helpful, and wondering if anyone can provide some direct experience of the likely problem afflicting my little dinghy (Yes I know this should be in the SIB forum, but there seems to be more action/expertise here!). It's a Narwhal made of hyperlon (actually called Hypertext I think) and the fabric is really sound, but it's developed several leaks behind the rubber 'rubbing strake' just where the vertical tube seams disappear behind the strake.
This strikes me as a bit odd, as it's where I'd have thought the seam was most protected.
Slightly worryingly, all the stuck on extra bits - rowlocks, rope eyes, handles, are giving way/peeling too - sort of giving the impression all the glue's giving up at once!
Specific questions are...
1) Anyone know why this area might be a weak point on a Narwhal SIB?
2) Would you expect me to be able to peel off the strake, patch under, and then reapply the strake?
3) Where's a good place to get decent glue in the quantities required? (Near Chichester.)
Any thoughts much appreciated!