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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:58 pm 
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As I continue my search for a club Wave with aluminum rudder heads ... I come across boats that need some repairs. Mostly grinding through the skeg from dragging it. I've watched the videos of repairing kayaks with hot air plastic welding. Can you do that with a Wave? If so what material: PVC = Poly Vinyl Chloride plastic rods, PC PP = Polypropylene rods, PC ABS = Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene rods. Doesn't look too hard in the videos. Anybody know?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:52 am 
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I have two Bravos so I would like to know as well...just in case...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:06 am 
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You can weld polyethylene, but the Wave is "Cross Linked" polyethylene which can not be welded. It's more impact resistant and a better surface shine. The bravo is Linear which can be welded.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:15 am 
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Anybody wanna buy a (very) slightly used plastic welder? RobDek? ... anybody?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:44 pm 
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Thanks for the info about the Bravo. Sooner or later, I may need to do a fix.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:07 am 
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Interesting information! I too have a Bravo. It is currently in good shape and does not require repairs... But it is great to understand that repairs are possible! Where do you purchase these plastic welders?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:11 am 
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Do only Canadians want to repair these things? I bought mine on ebay, not very expensive. They have the rod there too. There's a video of a guy repairing a kayak on Youtube. Looks fairly easy when he does it.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:09 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
You can weld polyethylene, but the Wave is "Cross Linked" polyethylene which can not be welded. It's more impact resistant and a better surface shine. The bravo is Linear which can be welded.


Matt,

The Hobie info shows this:

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Seamless Super Linear II Rotomolded Polyethylene

Is that "Cross Linked" or Linear?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:37 pm 
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That description is incorrect.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:13 pm 
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So can you repair a rotomolded Wave boat & if so how?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:05 pm 
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You can weld polyethylene, but the Wave is "Cross Linked" polyethylene which can not be welded.


Would have to use epoxy or other. Depends on the repair need.

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If i were going to do a repiar I would use: http://www.westsystem.com/ss/g-flex-epoxy/

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