January 13, 2007 at 7:23 pm #3102
I broke my Orbitfish last week. The crackis roughly 4" long, dead centre in my hull.
This is how I repaired it. Big thanks toOregonKayaking.net[/url:21n2qmp8]
Tools / Ingredients:
-Windex / glass cleaner
-bike tire patch kit
-drill and bits
-p-tex candle (check ski shops)
-assorted screwdrivers and hardware as your outfitting requires.
Step 1: Rip out all the outfitting so you know what you’re working with and have lots of elbow room.
Step 2: Clean the area around the crack with Windex.
Step 3: Drill out the ends of the crack so it will not spread further. Try to be accurate and align with the centre of the hole.
Step 4: Duct tape over the holes and crack ON THE INSIDE OF THE BOAT so that you dont mess up your floor in Step 5.
Step 5: Flip the boat upside down. Using the lighter, drip the p-tex candle along the crack and fill in the holes you just made. This may take 2 or three goes as the plastic shrinks when it cools.
Step 6: Flip the boat back over. Remove the duct tape and reclean the area with Windex.
Step 7: Place patches along the crack as directed in the patch kit directions (as though it were a tire). usually this means spreading the rubber cement, letting it partially dry, then applying the patches.
Step 8a: Place a layer of duct tape along the crack, covering the holes, with room to spare on either end.
Step 8b: Heat the duct tape with a hairdryer until it is too hot to hold your finger on more than a few seconds. Small bubbles and the thread pattern will show in the duct tape. This is the glue melting into the scratches and crack on the hull. Its important.]
Step 8c: Use the spoon and press the air and bubbles out of the duct tape. Firmly, but without tearing it as the tape is fragile at this point.
Steps 9, 10, 11, 12: Repeat for four more layers. Reheat each layer, and press firmly.
Step 13: If you boat is oilcanned, use this opportunity to better pad out your hull, so there is less flex to the cracked area.
Step 14: Reassemble your boat.
Step 15: Paddle.
[img:21n2qmp8]http://usera.imagecave.com/Phitty/IMGP4251.JPG[/img:21n2qmp8]January 13, 2007 at 9:07 pm #23199JonParticipant
I would use Lee Valley Duct tape. It is the real thing and is actually thicker and I think stickier than the hardware store kind.
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx … ,110,43466January 13, 2007 at 9:26 pm #23200
I use "industrial" strength, but got it at CT.
Seems to be holding just fine.January 13, 2007 at 9:56 pm #23201cmnypnyParticipant
howto section on http://www.riverjunkies.net
Would it be ok to post it there?
ColinJanuary 13, 2007 at 10:03 pm #23202ValParticipant
What purpose does the dog dish serve in your outfitting?January 13, 2007 at 10:10 pm #23203HipnaziParticipant
I’m curious to know if the crack was related to the center stiffener bar.
I’ve still got my Chronic, it looks to have worn excessively along side of the metal parts. I’m wondering if I should expect the same eventually.January 13, 2007 at 10:27 pm #23204cmnypnyParticipant
the boat.January 14, 2007 at 1:37 pm #23205
Its a cat dish, CLEARLY, and adds a feng shui feel to the room, dont you think?
Yes you can put it on RiverJunkies. I was going to email Jen about it anyway.
Gary: I would have assumed that its related to the centre bar, but on inspection it was a deep scratch that – with the stress from flexing due to an oil can – finally split.
I like the simplicity of the Necky outfitting, but that centre bar has always seemd really fragile to me. When I had it out of the boat I looked it over and was please to find it hadnt been bent or cracked at all, and actually, the bottom of the centre bar is lined with foam so I didnt have an "wear" on the hull itself. I suspect your’s is the same.January 14, 2007 at 2:56 pm #23206Jenny Right-SideParticipant
There’ll be an email in your inbox at work tomorrow ” title=”Smile” />
Here’s the link to your article: http://www.riverjunkies.net/Howto/Whale … Repair.pdf
If you want any changes made, please let me know!
JenJanuary 14, 2007 at 7:48 pm #23207HipnaziParticipant
Ya mine is the same.
Most of the obvious wear is at the corners of the seat frame rather than the center bar.
There isn’t much or any foam on the seat frame.
I agree, great outfitting, but durability is a bit suspect.
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