I will be carrying this product in the spring. It has some really good reviews and adheres really well. You can get it as a temporary patch or permanent fix. I have a small sample you could have a look at some time.
Definitely an advanced Red Green inspired repair job Ken. I hope it works out, you could save a lot of people a lot of money. The kevlar patches seem best when they are used *before* there is any issue with the hull, i.e. a preventative measure. I'm trying to think of a source of flat, thin, vulcanized rubber. I wonder if something like roofer's ice shield would work?
if the hull is roughed up and then cleaned with rubbing alcohol... seems to make a rock solid bond to fiberglass/abs/royalex. Great thing about it is once the epoxy hardens, you can sand it down nice a and smooth... i suppose a rock is more likely going to gouge the epoxy rather than pull it away from the hull. for a hole like that, maybe applying a bit of urethane glue to the hole section first would ensure water tight seal, in case the flexing cracks the hardened epoxy.
Post by Ken Corbett on May 28, 2011 9:59:38 GMT -5
Yes, Jamie, we did both ends of the canoe, and both ends failed next trip. The crack is now three feet long. The problem is that the straight keel line takes all the abuse where it flexes, whereas a flatter hull might spread the abuse out more evenly.
I have a call in to Mitchell to look at his line of boats. I think he's out paddling this weekend, of course. I will "retire" the old canoe, but I will keep looking for a solution. The woodwork is good, and it has a spray skirt with it, so if I can fix it, it'll be gravy. Too many rivers under the beam to say goodbye just yet.
I did pry the cracks open two days and filled the gaps with epoxy to seal out moisture. It solidified nicely. I'll see what Mitchell has for patching.... never give up, never surrender ... from "Galaxy Quest", my favorite flick.
Post by Ken Corbett on Jun 12, 2011 20:29:36 GMT -5
I won't buy a boat with a keel line like the Freedom's again. Jamie took the boat off my hands, gave it its last rites, and donated the wood gunwales, seats and end caps to Sharon no charge. Atta go, Jamie!
It was hard to part with the ole boat, we'd run a lot of rivers together, but it was time to cut my losses and move on.
I know it's too late for this boat,,,, but,,,,,West Systems makes a flexible epoxy product that is specially made to repair these hulls now, Pro-Craft on Prospect St. carries it,,you may need some mat to fill in the crack before covering the patch with cloth