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 Post subject: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:04 am 
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Location: Straits,outside of Beaufort, close to Harkers Island
out today with my new set of turbo fins. touch bottom in skinny water a couple of times gently. I was suprised upon getting back that both shafts had penetrated the fins one about an inch the other about an inch and 1/2. What's the fix guys. did i not screw the shafts in deep enough when i installed.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:15 am 
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Not sure the term "gently" is correct. You gotta bang them pretty hard to do that much damage.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:51 am 
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I was drifting with the current. got stuck and used the stake out pole to pole the yak to deeper water. feathered the fins as soon as it was deep enough to do so. to me that was gentle as i was not under way with the mirage drive


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:56 am 
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from my power boat days once the keel exceeds the depth of the water you back out of the situation you do not go forward. Thought i should make that clear. Having said that there was current pushing me along at a pretty good pace as a drift sock would have been nice to have had with me.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:06 am 
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I saw a post one time that suggested using gorilla tape. That stuff is really strong, you might want to try it. Pull the fins off, and reinstall them making sure the rod is inside the fin, then tape the leading edge. Don't tape the whole fin or you will lose the flexibility.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:23 am 
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I use Scotch brand clear duct tape on my turbos. It's been on there for almost a year. When it gets chewed up, just slap some fresh tape on.

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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:15 pm 
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Down here, oyster beds and fast flowing tidal currents are hard on fins. I coat the front/bottom edges of my fins with Marine goop. Like said above, when that gets looking rather ragged, time to peel it off and put another coat on the fins. My three year old fins look like new when I remove the Marine Goop.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:50 pm 
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Tape won't last for the long haul. Get some GOOP (doesn't matter which type - they're actually all identical) and plug the holes. It's a near permanent fix.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:51 pm 
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Thanks guys. I've got plenty of goop. Will give it go and hopefully sin no more.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:00 am 
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canvas guy wrote:
Thanks guys. I've got plenty of goop. Will give it go and hopefully sin no more.

Use the patches you would use for a bicycle tube. It's a vulcanized rubber patch.

I had a rod poke through a fin a few months ago and the patch has held up well.


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:52 am 
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dregsfan wrote:
I use Scotch brand clear duct tape on my turbos. It's been on there for almost a year. When it gets chewed up, just slap some fresh tape on.


Oh good, I'm not the only one that does this!


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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:57 am 
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They didn't last long on mine either. I cut patches that wrap across the rod (mast) damage area and go the full width of the fin using the epdm rubber that you use to line ponds with. You can often find this material at a Lowe's or Home Depot. I use 'Barge' cement to glue the patch to the fin, you coat the fin area and you coat the patch and let them both briefly dry to tack ( a couple minutes) then place the patch in position. I have had them last over a year of hard oyster bed use (actually stronger than original) and are simple to replace when needed. You can get a tube of Barge cement at many crafting stores, I'm a leatherworker so it is always around. Or I guess you can try Gorilla Glue if impossible to find Barge.
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 Post subject: Re: turbo fin repair
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:28 am 
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Jcanracer wrote:
dregsfan wrote:
I use Scotch brand clear duct tape on my turbos. It's been on there for almost a year. When it gets chewed up, just slap some fresh tape on.


Oh good, I'm not the only one that does this!

I found some much thicker tape (I think it was Bear brand) it is meant as outdoor repair tape for windscreens and weather proof seals (not sure what on) It is a bit flexible but a lot thicker than clear duct tape.

There is also brilliant stuff from 3M (3M Venture Shield) that is meant for stone chip and scratch protection on car bumpers and sills. Have not tried it on the turbo fins yet but have had it on cars. (not cheap though). Sort of like the tape they use on the leading edge of wings and chopper blades.

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