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Old 18 June 2002, 21:40   #1
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glueing the transom back on

I am repairing a zodiac brand inflatable (PVC), hard floor but not RIB, with a wood transom. The factory glue has failed after 5 years in the Caribbean.

Question: instead of using the 2-part pvc glue to re-attach transom, what would happen if I used 3m 5200, and then attached with ssteel screws with fender washers every few inches?

Any idea if 3m 5200 will stick wood to PVC?


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Old 19 June 2002, 02:05   #2
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I would definitely recommend using the correct 2 part adhesive, and only consider anything else as a temporary measure.

I would also avoid having anything protruding from the bottom of the transom (eg screws and washers) as this may affect the smooth flow of water and cause cavitation when planing. I have found that inflatables are much more affected by this than hard hull boats.

On the other hand, if you are just making a quick repair so you can sell your inflatable and buy a RIB then it's only your conscience that you have to worry about

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