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 Post subject: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:34 am 
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OK, I have an outfitter. Love it by the way. I have a nasty crack/hole on the bottom of the hull. I tried several epoxies and some spray on rubber stuff. They last about a week then I'm hauling her off the bottom of the sea again.
What should I use to make a permanent repair to the hull.
I have a 3 inch long crack that has an 1/8 inch separation at one point so I will have to actually fill a bit.
The crack is along side the accessory mount and that portion of the hull is quite flexible.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:27 am 
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I would suggest you use a plastic weld to repair the crack.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:31 am 
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Thanks. Are you talking about a product (JB Weld) or a process (soldering/welding)?
If a product, can you recommend one please?


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:51 am 
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I just looked up 'welding plastic' on the web. Seems Home Depot can sell me a welding gun.
Love Home Depot!!!

The instruction say...
>> The rod will need to be of the same material as the object being welded.

So, what material, specifically, is the hull? So I can get the correct rod.
Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Call one of your local kayak dealers and see if they can do the repair for you. Think most of them should be experienced with this type of repair.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Hobie sells a welding gun that comes with the plastic sticks in each color for $61.99. It is on page 32 of the new catalog. Most dealers carry them as well. You may want to start with that. It gives easy to follow instructions on how to use it.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:07 pm 
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CaptainMike, where are you located?


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:08 am 
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I am in beautiful Key West, Fl


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:44 am 
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Guess too far away from Jacksonville. We have a guy up here that does wonderful things with the plastic weld thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:46 am 
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Have you looked at a product called Plastex (http://www.plastex.net/). Don't know if it will work, but when I talked to them, they claimed that it will work on polyethylene and will provide structural support when used with fiberglass fabric. I was going to buy to repair similar issue in my outback, but decided to buy a new PA14 instead of making the repair.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Hull
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:19 am 
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Actually, using the welding kit I purchased from my Hobie dealer solved the problem. It was simple, permanent and thanks to the color matched plastic, blended right in. It basically works like a hot glue gun, only with Hobie plastic. Just make sure you clean the area well. One other tip, drill a small diameter hole at each end of the crack before welding. That lets you enter a lot more plastic and prevents the crack from spreading.
Thanks to islandspeed2001 & oceantoeverglades for the advice and guidance.


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