Inspection of a Hypalon Sailing Dinghy - 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? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 12-13-2007
thesnort's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 282
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 8
thesnort is on a distinguished road
Inspection of a Hypalon Sailing Dinghy

Howdy,
What clues should I be looking for in a 10-year old inflatable? Would a slow leak put you off from buying, or is Hypalon easily repaired? If I don't bring it in for repair, I thought Eternabond tape might do the job. (Any ideas on the cost of repair if done by a "professional"?). Any thoughts on what would work best with hypalon? Thanks in advance.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 12-13-2007
Idiens's Avatar
Larus Marinus
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Brussels
Posts: 1,756
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Idiens is on a distinguished road
Odd! I have a ten year old Hyperlon inflatable - with a slow leak.

Slow enough to make it difficult to find the leak and fast enough to be a nuisance.

I regard the dingy as shot. But if anyone would care to buy.... ???
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 12-13-2007
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
A slow leak in a ten-year old inflatable is probably a sign that it will be sprouting more leaks shortly. I would avoid buying one with a leak, especially since some leaks aren't readily repairable, like where the tubes are joined...
__________________
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 12-13-2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 190
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Lion35 is on a distinguished road
If you have a puncture or tear in Hypalon, not a slow leak, I recommend patching from the inside and outside with Hypalon patches with 3m 5200.

My Avon got slashed years ago and I unsuccessfully tried patching it with the Avon repair kit multiple times until a cruising friend recommend using 5200. The 5200 repair isn't as pretty but has held up for about 5 years now and is still going strong.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 12-13-2007
thesnort's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 282
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 8
thesnort is on a distinguished road
Thanks so much for your quick replies. The owner states that it is a slow leak near a valve on an outer tube of a Tinker. I reaallly like these sailing dinghies and was hoping to pick it up over the weekend. The price seemed right at $1,500, but I don't know what to think about the slow leak. I know there's hypalon paint that flexes with the boat. I thought that might do the trick too.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 12-13-2007
Valiente's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 5,491
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Valiente has a spectacular aura about Valiente has a spectacular aura about
Have you had demonstrated to your satisfaction that it is the tube and not the valve? On my Zodiac I had a crappy valve (they screw in separately and have a plunger type spring device with a "leather") and when I replaced that, I got hard and stayed hard.

So to speak.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 12-13-2007
FortAwesomeIII's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Pottsboro, Texas
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
FortAwesomeIII is on a distinguished road
My Mercury Hypalon inflatable began to sprout leaks all over(very small ones) after only about 3 years. I would make a warranty issue about it, but since the transom joint is coming loose(covered only on a 1 yr warranty), it's useless. Looks like I need to get a better quality tender1
drew01 likes this.
__________________
John Pate
Highport Marina ZD27
aboard S/V Fort Awesome III
"I couldn't do the things the way those people do.
I couldn't live there if you paid me to. "
The Talking Heads
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 12-13-2007
SVDistantStar's Avatar
'72 Pearson 36
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charleston SC
Posts: 497
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 8
SVDistantStar is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to SVDistantStar
My 20 year old Avon is still going great. I patched a small cut useing a tire patch and its holding fine. I do have a valve that has a slow leak, but i dont mind topping it off everyday. Its a hardbottom boat, so i can afford to buy a replacement for it right now.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 12-13-2007
Cruisingdad's Avatar
Best Looking MALE Mod
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Mobile Liveaboards
Posts: 9,894
Thanks: 3
Thanked 97 Times in 52 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough
I think ALL inflateables leak... somewhat. But 1500 seems high to me??? But I have not really researched the cost of used, er, hmm, I mean Experienced tenders!

HAHA!

- CD
__________________
Sailnet Adminstrator & Moderator
Catalina 400 Technical Editor

2004 Catalina 400, Sea Mist IV (our boat, F/T Mobile Live Aboards in S FL and Keys primarily)
1987 Tayana Vancouver 42, Credendo Vides, (Mom and Pops boat, F/T Mobile Live Aboards in Puget Sound)

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


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


Follow me on Facebook:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 12-13-2007
Idiens's Avatar
Larus Marinus
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Brussels
Posts: 1,756
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Idiens is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by thesnort View Post
Thanks so much for your quick replies. The owner states that it is a slow leak near a valve on an outer tube of a Tinker. I reaallly like these sailing dinghies and was hoping to pick it up over the weekend. The price seemed right at $1,500, but I don't know what to think about the slow leak. I know there's hypalon paint that flexes with the boat. I thought that might do the trick too.
Although the Tinker has a good name and is expensive by inflatable standards, at 10 years old, it sounds expensive to me.
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
Sailing Lesson ASA vs. Localing Sailing Center Stryker72 Learning to Sail 14 12-23-2008 12:49 PM
Cruising Multihull Sail Trim Kevin Jeffrey Buying a Boat Articles 0 10-05-2004 08:00 PM
Optimist Sailing—A Growing Concern Carol Bareuther Racing Articles 0 07-15-2002 08:00 PM
Nelson Sailing Dinghy sailboatshark General Discussion (sailing related) 0 12-08-2000 02:03 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:57 PM.

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.