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Old 14 August 2012, 07:12   #1
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Urgent Help Needed - Boat Repair in Spain

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place but this looks like the busiest forum and I'm hoping that I'll be lucky enough that somebody reading this will have had to repair a tube in Spain.

We have a 2 year old Seapro 470HD which we tow to Spain each year. We've never had any problems before but the first day we came to use it the front tube had deflated almost completely. One of the front seat patches had started to peel back but the glue was still sticky so we tried to push it back into place. We then part inflated the tube and it seemed to hold air although there was a bulge under the patch and the tube was not quite the correct shape. We left it over night and then fully inflated it but as soon as we did that we could hear the air escaping from under the seat patch.

The boat has never had any damage to the tubes and has never had any kind of repair work done. Up until now the tubes had always held their pressure brilliantly.

We're now stuck in Spain with a boat that can't be used and my wife and children are none too happy with me. Does anybody have any suggestions? Have you come across this problem before?

We're in the Costa Brava in a place called Pals which is 20 minutes away from Estartit. I'm going to get in my car now and drive up and down the coast in the hope that I see a boat repair place but I thought I'd post this here just in case somebody has had a similar problem in the same area of Spain. I know it's a lot to hope for but I'm at my wits end.

Fingers crossed.
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Old 14 August 2012, 07:33   #2
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If you can it may be worth posting some pictures to give everyone a better idea.
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Sorry, I'm trying to but the internet connection's a pain. I'll give it another go.

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If you can't find a chandlers, go to a dive shop, there are loads in L'Estartit. If you ask you may well get one of them to help you, basically you need some of the glue they use to repair wrist and neck seals on dive suits, and a patch. They should have all that knocking around. At a push a cut off section from a dry suit might work for the time being, I'm sure others will comment.

With enough glue you may well just need to re stick, I can't really tell from the picture
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The fabric is completely airtight and highly resistant to tear and abrasions as well as water, fuel and harmful sunlight.

Our confidence in our fabric is reflected in our 3 year fabric warranty.
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Glueing PVC could be tricky.
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If you can't find a chandlers, go to a dive shop, there are loads in L'Estartit. If you ask you may well get one of them to help you, basically you need some of the glue they use to repair wrist and neck seals on dive suits, and a patch. They should have all that knocking around. At a push a cut off section from a dry suit might work for the time being, I'm sure others will comment.

With enough glue you may well just need to re stick, I can't really tell from the picture

You'll need the correct glue and thinners depending on what the material is, not just the stuff they have for dry suits!
The stuff for drysuits may be suitable for hypalon but not PVC.
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From the pic, it looks like the patch is not glued down at all (or the entire bond has failed, judging by the fold and wrinkles.) Odd that it appears to be stitched to the tube as well. I'd really want to know exactly how the patch was put on, and exactly why it's leaking underneath.

Drysuit repair can use all kinds of adhesives; I've done an emergency seal replacement with a tube of hardware store contact cement (it was a bit of a kludge, but it outlasted the seal that was replaced.) Wouldn't recommend that for boat repair.

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If you don't have any luck in L'Estartit, you could try up the coast at Empuriabrava - it's full of boats and lots of boat sales places. Although lots of these are selling rather upmarket boats, they must have to deal with tenders/SIBs.

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P.S. There's quite a decent size harbour/marina at L'Estartit, isn't there, so I would have thought someone there would be able to help?
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One of the front seat patches had started to peel back but the glue was still sticky so we tried to push it back into place. We then part inflated the tube and it seemed to hold air although there was a bulge under the patch and the tube was not quite the correct shape. We left it over night and then fully inflated it but as soon as we did that we could hear the air escaping from under the seat
If its only a seat patch thats come adrift
How come its loosing air
Or am I missing something?
Did you get the damage done to the floor/tube bit done before you left
Re your other post?
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