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I just noticed about a 3/4 inch scar on the exterior hypalon layer of our RIB. Something must have chaffed against it and tore a small piece off. I'm inclined to put a patch over it to secure it, but that may look bad. The dink is 6 years old and the patch will look a lot newer than the sides. Are there any other repairs that would be appropriate? It isn't leaking (yet).

I just posted in another dinghy thread about having maxed out our davits and dinghy functionality. I'm sure the chafe has been the result of someone improperly positioning one of the securing ratchets.
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Definitely patch it... the patch may look bad...but having that piece tear more and destroy the RIB will look a lot worse.
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Patches on a dinghy are a GOOD THING!

Given the choice between a patched dinghy and an unpatched one which would you steal?

Canny liveaboards have been known to apply random patches and some dirt to brand new leak free dinks.
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