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Avon RIB Repair
Eddie, you don''t tell us how new (old) your Avon RIB is. Avon was purchased by Zodiac a few years ago (a hypalon mfgr. being bought by a PVC mfgr; the world shudders...) but your boat is probably still all-Hypalon (unlike Avons with inflatable floors). The way a repair lasts with Hypalon, aside from thorough, proper preparation, is by using the recommended two-part glue. This also needs to be fresh (there may be a date stamp on the can). If you bought it at WM (they do carry it...) and it comes from the warehouse, I''m not sure what to think about the age of the glue. If you visit your local inflatable dealer and/or life raft servicing agent, they go thru the stuff regularly...so that might be the better option.
Lots of careful mechanical prep, good cleaning with the recommended solvent, and a mechanical ''press'' (usually done with thin scraps of wood and small clamps) on the patch after it''s applied are all important. The rub rail should be easy (sez he, who sits at a computer...).