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Walker Bay hole repair....

I can pick up a 10' brand new Walker Bay for a great price, but it has a major problem, there is 2 holes, both about 1-1/4'' round. It was a demo at a local West Marine and they put the holes in it to chain it up. How can i repair these holes? The guy that im getting it from says i might could use epoxy and some glass cloth, but im not sure that will stick.
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If you can get access to both sides, you can probably make a decent patch from fiberglass and epoxy. The main problem will be prepping the surface so the epoxy sticks to it.

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Aren't they made out of polyethylene? if so epoxy won't stick. 3M makes a "scotchweld" #8005 that we used on the poly water tank in my boat. it actually worked! most of the poly types of plastic won't let epoxy, silicone or even 5200 stick. The most difficult prob fixing plastic stuff is finding out what kind of plastic it is. there is plastic welding equipment (some autobody shops) out there too. but again you need to know what kind of plastic it's made of.

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They could be polypropylene, PVC, HDPE, or a few other plastics. However, if the hole is accessible from both sides... then you can often make a decent patch.

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Ive considered making a patch with 2 small peices of Starboard with rubber gaskets on both sides and a bolt in the middle.
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I got the boat today. Im going to cut a peice of starboard to fit inside the keel of the boat and seal it in with 5200. Im also going to bolt it to the boat. I think this will work for me pretty well.

The boat came with an added bonus, it has a mast and sail. The sail is for an 8' WB and mine is a 10', but i think it will still work. From what ive found online, the normal sail size for a WB 10 is 50sqft, the sail i have is 39sqft. The only big down side is i dont have the rudder or centreboard.
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Don't use 5200. 5200 can attack a lot of different types of plastics IIRC. Use a neoprene gasket or butyl rubber tape/sealant instead.

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Bad decision...don't use 5200. Make a phone call first and find out the right stuff to use...it ain't 5200!!
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Phone:

1.888.44Walker (449-2553)
604.682.5699
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1.888.228.7222
604.683.1877
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Walker Bay USA
717 Butterfield Rd,
Yakima, WA, USA, 98901
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