Originally Posted by Bash
that a boat has to be reliable applies to dinks as much as to motherships. When the fabric is so rotten that merely sitting upon it produces rips, it's time to retire the boat.
Something to think about
: you repaired the boat with Sikaflex because it was all you had aboard. That's just wrong. If you're going run inflatable boats, you need to keep proper repair materials on hand. This is doubly true for older boats.
Hypalon paint is not "rubbish," contrary to what you're being told. River rafting companies have been using it for decades to extend the lives of their boats. However, you have to use it before the fabric rots. It sounds as if you've waited a bit too long to resort to hypalon paint.
Re the hypalon paint, all my info came from previous posts. It was a little unclear if they were criticizing it because of its cosmetic looks or because it simply didn't stretch the life of the dinghy
. I was looking for a bit of clarity.
I did have Hypalon patches on board and used those but my adhesive
was past its sell by date, I have used sikaflex as a patch adhesive
4 years ago and those patches are still holding on.
I have definitely waited too long to replace the dinghy, that was not the point of my post, but I have had to prioritize my purchases and considered a new inboard and main sail came before a dinghy. As I said I wont have sufficient funds to consider replacing the dinghy until next year. But your post was mainly a criticism as opposed to any actual constructive advise which is what I was looking for.
I am sure that someone somewhere will of solved
a similar issue. For example I was thinking of buying
an old hypalon life raft and cutting it up and sticking it over the existing tubes.
I have been told that you can fiberglass
over hyperlon also, but have no experience of that.
I have met someone who filled a 'dead' dinghy with expanding foam.
That is the kind of suggestions I am looking for, from people that have tried and failed or even better tried and succeeded.
My dinghy is a RIB
so the integrity of the hull
is not in question, as an experiment
I have driven it with all the tubes deflated so I am sure it wont sink, it will just be very difficult to use and will mean that I will have buy an old grotty dinghy to use for a few months which is of course an option.
I am looking for solutions from sailors who have a lot of ingenuity.