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Old 14 August 2012, 15:00   #11
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The damage to the floor was just to the PVC cover on the bottom of the boat that covers the inflatable keel and yes that has been repaired professionaly. There has never been any damage to the tubes or the inflatable keel.

Regarding it being the seat patch, I'm baffled as well. It was only the seat patch that seems to have come loose so I also can't understand why it's losing air. We tried to peel the patch back further to have a look for the problem but it's glued extremely tightly and we couldn't see any problem. It must be something under there that's the problem as you can easily hear the air hissing out.

I've now found a repair place in L'escala that can look at it on Thursday so I intend to arrive as soon as he opens, it's only about 40 minutes away. They were recommended to me by a lovely Scottish Catalan fella who builds and designs sail boats in Torroella de Montgri. It was a pain in the backside driving round all afternoon trying to find somewhere to repair it but I did come across loads of people who at least were trying to help. :-)

Thanks to you all on here for your suggestions, it's much appreciated.
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Old 14 August 2012, 15:24   #12
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It's not uncommon to cover areas of damage with patches disguised as wear patches or similar. There might be a hole under there you didn't know about. The hot Spanish Sun has increased the tube pressure to point of fail.
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Old 14 August 2012, 16:18   #13
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It's not uncommon to cover areas of damage with patches disguised as wear patches or similar. There might be a hole under there you didn't know about. The hot Spanish Sun has increased the tube pressure to point of fail.
I'd agree with Andy , and the heat of the sun on the black patch has nicely softened everything up to the point of failing
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Old 14 August 2012, 16:41   #14
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That is going to require a do over. Remove everything, clean it up and patch it properly with the right materials, and the right two part glue, at the correct temperature.
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Old 14 August 2012, 17:38   #15
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That is going to require a do over. Remove everything, clean it up and patch it properly with the right materials, and the right two part glue, at the correct temperature.
Agree with that. You'll need 2 part PVC glue such as this. 3026 PVC Adhesive, 2 Part, 250ml Tin

Area will need to be degreased thoroughly with MEK, key surfaces, clean, etc. Full details here: inflatable boat repair information and procedures about gluing and fabrics

At least you have the right ambient temperatures. It might be out of action for a day or so - but you should have it sorted for the rest of your holiday. Hope it works out okay.
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You have had the boat from new but looking at your picture there appears to be the outline of a rectangular patch beneath the seat patch. This suggests that a repair has been carried out in the past and covered with a seat patch to improve the cosmetic appearance.
The black patch would get hot in the sun and this could cause the glue to soften and the repair fail.
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You have had the boat from new but looking at your picture there appears to be the outline of a rectangular patch beneath the seat patch. This suggests that a repair has been carried out in the past and covered with a seat patch to improve the cosmetic appearance.
The black patch would get hot in the sun and this could cause the glue to soften and the repair fail.
This has had me puzzled as well. We bought from new, there has never been any damage to the tubes yet it does look as though there's a rectangular patch underneath the seat patch. It's more obvious in the flesh than in the picture but until the seat patch started to come away we've never noticed it. I'll be interested to see what the repair place find when they take off the patch. If I can make myself understood I'm going to ask them to take a picture for me.

Thanks to everybody for the repair suggestions. Being completely useless at DIY, and a bit of a worrier, I'm not going to risk repairing it myself. I've found a place about 40 minutes away that looks reputable so I'm dropping it off 1st thing tomorrow morning and hoping against hope that it's a relatively quick fix so that we can get some use out of the boat on holiday.

I've also been in touch with the place that we bought the boat from and they've offered to cover the repair costs providing they're not too high. Fingers crossed.

Thanks again!!!
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Does the seat patch on the opposite side look the same?
If it does then there could be an innocent explanation such as the manufacturer covering up an error in build such as a logo or handle being fitted in the wrong place.

Good to hear that the supplier will cover the repair costs.

When you drop the boat off make sure that they use the correct glue ie one suitable for PVC, if they use hypalon glue it will probably seem okay initially but will fail again, especially with the sun on the black material.
The actual repair should only take a few hours but the glue does need some time to attain full strength so you will hopefully be in the water in a couple of days.
It is also probably worth covering the repair to keep the sun off it when you aren't using the boat.
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I've also been in touch with the place that we bought the boat from and they've offered to cover the repair costs providing they're not too high.
That's decent of them, depending on what their idea of "too high" is.

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Thanks Dave, i'll be sure to tell them that it's PVC. I'll let you know how it goes.

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