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1. Avon RIBs are not PVC. They're hypalon (much better). Avon makes repair kits. Whether or not you'll be successful depends on a lot of factors. Suggest you contact an inflatable repair outfit.
3. You could have multiple things going on with the windlass. Maybe the battery has lost capacity. Maybe the wiring is inadequate or corroded. Maybe the relay or the windlass motor itself is frozen or shorted.
For what it's worth, the WalMart type battery chargers have no place on a boat. They won't maintain your batteries properly. My advice is to check out the windlass itself, the wiring, then replace the battery with one large enough to handle the load drawn by the windlass motor. Then, replace the battery charger with a smart charger, like an Iota/IQ4 or another real marine battery charger. Keep the new battery fully charged so it won't sulfate and lose capacity before its time.