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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:17 pm 
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Hello from Seattle. I'm new to the forum and glad to have found it.

My buddy is in Afghanistan. He's traveled the world as Green Beret, often bringing his Greenland II with him. While he's away, I'm helping with some maintenance on his Folbot. I have a number of questions, which I'll post separately, but I'll start with this one.

One of the sponsons has a tear on the flange. I can't seem to locate a replacement. Thoughts on repair? I'd be willing to craft a new sponson if anyone has some tips. I did see there are some clever folks out here in this forum.

Many thanks,
vsd


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:58 am 
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Google "kite replacement valve" and look at the stick on options that are made for inflatable kite bladders. Some of them have a right angle bend and may be large enough to allow you to cut out the damaged nipple and stick a new valve over the hole.

Cheers Jim

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:11 am 
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As well as the above you could just cut out the tube by cutting where the leak is so the tube is free from the flange. Then insert the tube in the hole and use PVC glue as supplied for swimming pool repairs to glue it in place. If you get the right glue it will effectively weld the tube back to the flange.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:59 pm 
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I am not sure Jim's suggestion will work. The problem is that you will not have a contact surface of any size, and the adhesive will not give you a durable repair. We have had a few failures like the one in your picture. Unfortunately, we have not yet found a good way to make a repair.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:24 pm 
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Thanks all, much appreciated! I'll give it a go and in the meantime, try to find a replacement sponson in the event of failure.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:36 am 
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Hey, does anyone know what material this sponson is made out of?

Thanks again,
Vade


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:36 pm 
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Pretty sure it is PVC. Cheers Jim

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