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Old 21-07-2014, 14:08   #1
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RIB Patch Question

1. I know this would be better with pictures... i don't have any.
2. Some people may hate the brand, but it came with the boat and otherwise seems to be in good condition. *IF* I can repair this easily and fairly cheaply, that sure beats spending 3K+ on a new tender.


I have a Walker Bay Genesis RIB. It has been taking on a good bit of water. I chased the leak down to the RIB insert bit coming unglued from the tubes. I have attempted to glue them back on. I don't have 100% confidence that it will hold at the point that joining bit curves up the transom.

My thought is: What if I get some Hypalon patch pieces and glue them down, in the corner / curve, to both the tubes, and the RIB itself. I would guess 4 pieces: each corner inside and outside of the plastic hull.

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Re: RIB Patch question

Is it possible to clean out the joint and reglue? How about 5200?

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Re: RIB Patch question

I have attempted to re-glue. I don't have a ton of confidence in it. On te prot side i could remove the whole tube from the side, and did a fairly good job on it... but the Starboard side wont unscrew from the transom, and I had to just do what I could get to.


5200 is always fun! heheh. Maybe even do 5200 sandwiched between a bottom and top side patch? overkill?
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Re: RIB Patch question

I once used 5200 as the glue to put a patch on my avon. 20+ years later and its still on there.

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