Originally Posted by Isle of Mull
I only have one intact baffle on my Hurricane so only use it in calm weather near land. I would like to repair them but can't afford new tubes and also the boat would be worth less than the tubes cost even when new ones were fitted. I know safety is more important but I still can't afford them.
Has anyone opened seams to get to the baffles? I opened up a leaking seam slightly and struggled to seal the ends of the opened part again.
I even considered cutting slits big enough to get in to work on the baffles and patch them up afterwards. Is this a bad idea? Probably :¬)
I would appreciate any advice.
How old is the tubeset? If the tubeset is 15+ years old, I would not unglue a seam. The material will likely delaminate heavily with heat, and you will not be able to reseal the seam very well.
I would slice a hole in a good spot with intention to cover it with an inside/outside patch. I would be wise to investigate beforehand to see which way the baffles are glued in.
An FYI too, if your boat has IC valves, it may be leaking around the intercommunication hose through the baffle.