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Hypalon dinghy HELP sought!
I've got a 7 foot 'Seaworthy' hypalon dinghy that mostly row (well, okay....ALWAYS row...until I fix my british seagull).
I love rowing, and the Seworthy with her inflatable keel is a good boat to row...
IF you totally modify the oar-locks to withstand the pressures of using longer 8 foot spoon-bladed oars, that is. I made whitewater rafting-type outrigger-oarlocks for mine...these outriggers are attached to the original oarlock bases for simplicity, using teak formed blocks.
The system works great and many are amazed that I can row an inflatable with such speed, even into a headwind!
THE PROBLEM IS: my starboard oarlock original base has now COMPLETELY come off the dinghy tube!!!
It started gradually, and I first repaired it using the one-part glue that comes with the hypalon repair kit. This only worked for a couple days of rowing, and just this morning the whole thing came off. The port-side is still perfect and seems to take the additional stress of much longer oars with aplomb!!
Anybody know of a fairly inexpensive 2-part adhesive that would work STRONGLY on hypalon?? I'm very wary of getting some sort of two-part that may have some weird chemical reaction with the hypalon itself, so I'd be looking for something "tried and true".
I would think about using '5200' but I don't think it is strong enough in this case....and I am likewise worried about an adverse chemical reaction with the hypalon.
Any ideas for a quickly obtainable, VERY strong adhesive for hypalon that won't eat through the hypalon itself??? The repair shops use a 2-part adhesive but they won't sell it and charge an arm snd a leg for repairs!!
"...and a star to steer her by."
Last edited by SoulVoyage; 05-23-2010 at 11:03 AM.