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Inflatable dinghy repair

I have a 9 1/2 inflatable roll up that I haven't used for a number of years. I had repaired some small holes in the past and am pretty familiar with what needs to be done. When I pulled it out of my outdoor shed where it's been residing, I was alarmed to see that some of the outdoor critters had a feast. There are now at least three holes chewed out roughly 2-3 inches in diameter. I'm willing to try and repair them myself but would like some input on whether there is a different technique to repairing larger holes than smaller ones. Any other precautionary notes or advice?
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Oh man, this happened to me.

Rats and a dinghy do a unmerry Christmas make :-(

A guy who specializes in repairs was able to get my dink serviceable again. Cost me $400. Then the transom rotted out. I should have just gotten a new dinghy. *sigh*

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PVC or Hypalon?
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Re: Inflatable dinghy repair

OK as it is hypalon it is worth having a go. I have seen quite a few hypalon dinks resurrected. Big patches can be made by cutting them out of a donor dink. Look for bits that have not had sun on them, lower sides of the tubes are best. There is a 2 part hypalon glue which seems to be variable in terms of life. Sometimes the patches last sometimes they lift after a month. I am dealing with a type two batch at the moment trying to reattach a rowlock. 3M 5200 seems to be the best alternative but the patches can look messy. Sticks well though.
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