unconventional-last-resort inflatable boat repair materials? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 07-16-2007
nor cal (frigid) member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: santa cruz
Posts: 33
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
piggybeach is on a distinguished road
Red face unconventional-last-resort inflatable boat repair materials?

i'm going to give my old metzler one last chance to behave before i fill her with spray foam. there are two really costly "official" ingredients for which i need to find cheap substitutes:

1. i'd like to find an inexpensive substitute for the $20/S.F. hypalon fabric that i need to sand, glue and re-tape the seams of the whole boat. i'm thinking heavy duty vinyl (naugahide) and a high quality contact cement (like "barge" brand cement). [i've already tried inner-tube patch material for tires as a hypalon substitute and it didn't work. also, the cheap "construction" grade contact cements are too runny--so i'll stick with the "barge" cement.]

2. west marine sells "seal-a-flat" style liquid to put inside inflatable air chambers to fill small leaks. this stuff is $50 a bottle and i skeptical that it will work... so i'm thinking i'll mix up something like liquid latex and pour it in the air chambers in copious quantities, inflate the boat, slosh it around a bit, cross my fingers, hop on one leg and hope for the best. [i've already tested liquid "fix a flat" for car tires in an inconspicuous air chamber and it was ineffective.]

anyone who's experimented with "unconventional" inflatable boat repairs please respond!

thank you.
ben


p.s. i'm trying to upload two jpgs sized at 61k each with dimensions of 167x125. keep getting "upload failed" error. any help or faq here???
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 07-16-2007
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
You could always go to the bicycle shop and get SLIME tire sealant. It is a liquid that is sprayed into bicycle tires to make them self-sealing against small punctures. You might also check the foam thread, where I mention fiberglassing over an inflatable dinghy.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.

Last edited by sailingdog; 07-16-2007 at 07:30 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Seakindly Boats vs.the rest rmf1643 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 14 04-10-2013 03:26 PM
Making Passage w/o a Rudder wind_magic Seamanship & Navigation 60 07-16-2010 01:23 PM
Production blue water boats JakeLevi Boat Review and Purchase Forum 73 07-31-2009 10:07 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:05 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.