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Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

The day before Christmas, I got a (return) call form an associate of my son. I had asked him about the derelict inflatable stuck out in his lay-down yard. Seems he picked it up from a job and wanted to be rid of it. "
Just take it away!"
NOt sure of the year; but it's got to be relatively recent?? Model C9X (9' w/extras) "Caribe" by Yachts INternational (vendor) I googled 'em up and Holy Cow! New, this thing was more than it's intended "home"!! Not yer standard DInk..this thing's a "launch"!

Collapsable oars w snap-locks, spare paddle/boathook, three vinyl fenders and the pump works, too! FRP "vee" hull and inner liner sole with stow hatch fwd. A bit sun-bleached and some rotted poly rope grab handles down each side; but that's all fixable. No apparent tears or busted seams.. just typical slow (three day) leak somewhere. Soon as I can, It'll come in the shop for a going over and repairs as needed.
Since it's fully one-third the length of my boat, I might just sell/swap it off for something more suitable size-wise.

Wadda deal!!!!!!!
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Re: Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

Congrats on the find. However there is no such thing as......

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....just typical slow (three day) leak somewhere...
Inflatables should not leak at all.
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Re: Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

Good for you !
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Re: Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

Any inflatable under 11' is a very limited solution to begin with, you certainly don't want to go under 9' unless you want only something you'll keep collapsed stored down below for occasional use.
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Re: Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

I see you're in eastern PA. I took my dinghy to Inflatable Experts in Annapolis (actually Eastport) with a similar three day leak. They have a sealer they inject into the tubes to coat the inside. No more leak.

I think it cost about $100 plus my bar bill at Davis's Pub.
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Re: Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

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I see you're in eastern PA. I took my dinghy to Inflatable Experts in Annapolis (actually Eastport) with a similar three day leak. They have a sealer they inject into the tubes to coat the inside. No more leak.

I think it cost about $100 plus my bar bill at Davis's Pub.
I used a sealant from West Marine:

I lasted for a season then the slow leak reappeared.

As it was an older inflatable I thought I would experiment with a tire sealant. I used 'Slime':

It seemed to work at least as well as the West Marine stuff and for less than $40.00 CDN per 4 Litre (4 quart) as oppose to $60.00 per litre.
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Re: Wonderful Christmas surprise!!!!!

I can't think of a better way to make a real mess of an inflatable than to spray sealant inside the tubes. If you want to fix it, you have to find the seam that is leaking and reseal it. Imagine what that will be like, when you open it to find all that gross stuff.

Load the tubes up and run around with soap in a spray bottle and find the leak.
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