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You need an internal AND external patch on gashes of this extent...besure to get enough PVC fabric to cover twice the area you need to patch.
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That glue are you going to use?

Boat on a picture is my travel companion I've done quite a few "inflatable" projects
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That glue are you going to use?
What glue?

Unfortunately I don't get to choose. I can't get hazmat ground shipments. Wish I could. I have been dieing to get my hands on some Smith's Epoxy sealer. I miss that stuff. Git-rot isn't anywhere near as good.
But I digress..

I am getting whatever West Marine sells. Since they have a store here I can get anything ordered through them when their barge shipment comes in. Looks like it is going to be a 2 part "Poly Marine Ltd" product.


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I have no experience with that particular adhesive.
However most of PVC glues I worked with can be reactivated with a heat. It becomes handy when you need to tackle difficult task of applying a patch from inside.
Basically, you apply glue, wait until it is not tacky anymore, slide patch inside, align it, stich the edges, then, using hair fan, or any other heat gun, reactivate a glue and press the patch and damaged area together. A little 1 inch roller is very handy tool for applying a pressure.
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Re: PVC fabric source?

This discussion post is helpful. I have a similar repair need for a PVC dinghy.it has a 2' long tear in the front tube. Anyone know if the material listed below from NRS will work? It says for an AIRED floor and that it's 43 oz. I don't know if it would be fibre reinforced.

AIRE PVC Raft Floor Material at NRSweb.com
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Re: PVC fabric source?

What are you doing sailing with bears in the first place....or did you store you food in the dinghy?

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Re: PVC fabric source?

Thoughts;

The air deck is under much higher pressure than the tubes of an inflatable. The tubes are designed to inflate to about 3.5 psi and the floor 10 psi.

I don't know how to do the math but I'm sure the floor psi goes up when 1-3 adults + gear are on top of it.

How will that pressure affect a glue repair? I'm not sure.

I do know that it is possible to order the air deck from most manufacturers.

Keep gas off the air deck, it will destroy it (don't ask). Mercury Marine also suggested (over the phone) that I keep the deck covered to protect it from UV.
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