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Dinghy Downer

So, when we brought our new-to-us Irwin to our dock, one of our crew mentioned in passing that we had a hole in one of the tubes of our RIB that wintered upside down on our jet dock. So, being the dutiful First Mate I sourced and purchased a repair patch kit and waited for warm weather to repair and refurbish the RIB.

This weekend we pulled the RIB onto the dock and flipped it over. I think we're going to need a bigger patch - apparently our local muskrats had a very snug den over the winter:







I've got an email out to Annapolis Inflatables to see if retubing is even a viable option but DAMN...this screws up the budget priorities.

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Ebay it!
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Getting some cash for it would help with getting a replacement, for sure. We'd really like a slightly bigger rib (10.5ft) but weren't planning to make that purchase for a couple of years.

One friend suggested a bulk purchase of duct tape!
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Re: Dinghy Downer

Is that Hypalon? If so, it might actually be repairable. I know it looks terrible but Hypalon is not so hard fix.

I had an old Caribe that was hit by a car, ripping the hypalon from the transom. It was not the prettiest of patch jobs but it worked and held perfectly.

You just need to overlay big patches. The real challenge seems to be working around that valve.

If it is Hypalon, I would invest in a heat gun and a good small roller. Get the chemical accelerator for the glue to increase adhesion. Follow the instructions to the letter. Youtube has some good videos as well.

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I gave on inflatables completely...ouch
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Is that Hypalon? If so, it might actually be repairable. I know it looks terrible but Hypalon is not so hard fix.
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Yes, its Hypalon. I was intimidated by the 6x6 patch I thought I'd be doing, but ready to take it on. This mess? Wow.

I'll consider it, especially if the quote comes back ear popping high as expected.
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Re: Dinghy Downer

Fixable.

Find an abandoned dink and cut out large pieces of hypalon. Use copious quantities of 3M 5200 and stick the patches on. The result will not be that pretty but that is a good thing as it makes your dink less attractive to thieves. 5200 once set seems to stick better than the two component glue that Caribe/AB supply as an aftermarket spare.

That looks like an older Caribe and replacement tubes may not be available.

BTW it is not unusual to see similar ribs being used with the front section deflated.
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TQA, its an AB, you're correct.

I'm starting to think this is not as irredeemable as I originally thought. I'll have to find a source of abandoned dinks/hypalon.
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Re: Dinghy Downer

Go to Bacon Sails in Annapolis. They usually have some Avon dinghies for sale for a couple hundred dollars.

I bought mine for $200. It's ugly, but holds air and works fine.
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Re: Dinghy Downer

Just FYI, it's a 2005.
I'd rather have the tube replaced and then paint it. Patches just don't seem to be the way to go and get the proper shape (curve) etc.
Bottom line is I can buy a similar used RIB for 1600 so if the repair cost more it's scrap.
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