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Old 20-08-2017, 17:40   #1
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Life on an inflatable ?

I have a Quicksilver/Mercury inflatable. I pulled it out and pumped it up and it has holes in 3 of 5 compartments. It all looks ok but do they get to the point were they just aren't worth the effort.

It's only 10 years old but has been folded up flat for most of it.
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Re: Life on an inflatable ?

It's toast....that brand isn't stellar in the first place.
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Old 21-08-2017, 04:32   #3
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It's toast....that brand isn't stellar in the first place.
I was hoping for a different answer.......

Are there good/er ones in the same price range?
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Are there good/er ones in the same price range?


I should actually refine my answer. If it's pvc, and it's the seams that are leaking, it could be saved, but if you're paying someone to do it your better off with a new boat.

Mercury did start making a hypalon/csm dinghy, but I don't know how long ago.

We actually had a mercury dinghy where the material was ok, but the adhesive on all of the seams started to let go.

For pricing, look at boats on defender, they've got quite a selection and some good prices.
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Re: Life on an inflatable ?

I used a product called TEAR AID to patch a few tiny pinholes in my dinghy. Actually the holes were in the high pressure inflatable floor, but same material.

The stuff is like a clear, flexible duct tape with chemical bonding.

I made a few small patches, about 1 inch roundish, to cover a few pinholes.

It was an easy repair (be sure to clean the area with alcohol first, just borrow a little from your origo stove supply) and apply the tape. Done.

The patch worked perfectly. No more leaks! So happy! I sold the boat a few months later, so no idea how long it lasted.

FWIW, I use the same TEAR AID product to patch bicycle inner tubes. Its great stuff.

And yes, before the flamers get started, there are two flavours of TEAR AID...type A nad type B. One is for rubber based fabrics, like inner tubes and (I think) Hypolon. The other is for plastic based fabrics like PVC. This is all listed clearly on the box. Of course use the right flavour.
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I used a product called TEAR AID to patch a few tiny pinholes in my dinghy. Actually the holes were in the high pressure inflatable floor, but same material.

The stuff is like a clear, flexible duct tape with chemical bonding.

I made a few small patches, about 1 inch roundish, to cover a few pinholes.

It was an easy repair (be sure to clean the area with alcohol first, just borrow a little from your origo stove supply) and apply the tape. Done.

The patch worked perfectly. No more leaks! So happy! I sold the boat a few months later, so no idea how long it lasted.

FWIW, I use the same TEAR AID product to patch bicycle inner tubes. Its great stuff.

And yes, before the flamers get started, there are two flavours of TEAR AID...type A nad type B. One is for rubber based fabrics, like inner tubes and (I think) Hypolon. The other is for plastic based fabrics like PVC. This is all listed clearly on the box. Of course use the right flavour.

Another very happy tear aid customer here. Works way better at 20 % the cost for a real hypalon patch. And it's clear so you don't need to match colors
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Another very happy tear aid customer here. Works way better at 20 % the cost for a real hypalon patch. And it's clear so you don't need to match colors
It costs $10 at MEC, but also available at high end camping stores.

I love the stuff.
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Do I use tear aid type A or type B for a PVC inflatable ?

type B states for vinyl only which I take to mean like swimming pool inflatables.

Can anyone tell me which type they used for a west marine PVC inflatable ?

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I'm disappointed. I thought this thread was going to be about living aboard on an inflatable.
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Just say no to life on an inflatable. A rather public exhibition of bucket and chuck it. Not to mention filth and degradation.
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Re: Life on an inflatable ?

Generally, pvc dinghies: ~ 5yrs, but with some exceptions. I saw one one in good nick at 10, but extremely unusual in my experience.

Good quality hypalon ones: ~10-12 yrs; lightweight hypalon is much less, comparable to pvc.

Yes, they are sort of consumable. However, RIBs can be re-tubed, and one can select the material used.

Use of chaps will help with hypalon dinghies--the fabric takes the abrasion wear, but I am not sure about pvc, because it is its loss of plasticizers to the environment that causes it to fail, most often. We made chaps for our new tubes two years ago, but it is too soon to tell whether it is a satisfactory experiment for longevity. Our particular pvc is of German manufacture, tubes fabricated in China. We'll see......

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Just say no to life on an inflatable. A rather public exhibition of bucket and chuck it. Not to mention filth and degradation.
There are hundreds of RIBS Ridged Inflatables with cabins and discrete "bucket and chuck its" in the med. You don't have to be a show off!
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She is history, save a nickel save a dime screw it up every single time.....🤣
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Re: Life on an inflatable ?

Hi Dave, I think I had the same problem with mine. Not sure if you're still in the Mooloolaba area but if you are I took mine to Steve at the Sunshine Liferaft & Inflatable Boat Service. He repaired it no problems and I continued using it for the next few years until I sold the boat. Failing that I believe it's worth a visit to someone who does that work around Brissy, if you're down there. Got nothing to loose and maybe save you a bundle! Regards, Paul.
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