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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:31 am 
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Hello,

I'm back with another request for info! We have a few small holes and 1 large-ish L shaped tear in the deck of our Greenland II.

Can anyone suggest the best way to repair these? Am I right in thinking Aquaseal for the small holes? Any advice on the bigger tear? Is Gorilla tape enough?

Really appreciate all the help we've had so far & sure you'll deliver again!

Thanks,

Sophie


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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 4:57 pm 
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Most camping supply shops (or departments for the same in big sporting goods or variety stores) sell the Coghlans ripstop nylon peel-and-stick adhesive repair tape:

http://www.coghlans.com/products/nylon-repair-tape-711

Sewing supply stores usually carry some version of it too. I've patched numerous items over the years with this stuff, mostly fabric, and the patches are very durable and waterproof. The most impressive survival of the stuff was on a canoe trip I was on 40 years ago -- my friends hit a submerged rock in their vintage Old Town wooden canoe that had a layer of fiberglass on the hull. The rock crushed a substantial chunk of the glass "skin" and the canoe developed a slow leak there. We pulled ashore and assessed what we had to fix it. We settled on chewing a bunch of gum (Juicy Fruit, I believe) and using it as putty to fill the hole, which we then covered with a large patch of Coghlan's bright orange ripstop peel-and-stick repair tape that I happened to carry in my camping repair kit. We were relieved to find this patch worked perfectly. In fact, though we figured this would just be a temporary emergency fix, my friends used that canoe for several more years with that bright orange patch on the dark green hole and it never peeled off.

I would place patches on both sides of the fabric, especially on the longer tear.

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 9:31 pm 
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Hi Sophie,

Where is the tear at? What is the length of each on both sides?

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:46 am 
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You probably should sew the long rip closed before putting type of patch over it.
Adhesive patches will stick for a long time if you clean the surface properly.
Or you can sew the piece of patch material and it'll never come off.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 8:19 am 
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Thank you for all the replies and sorry for the slow reply, we're moving house so things a bit hectic.

Kerryonkayaks - thanks we'll get some of this to take with us. Sounds like it's well worth having on a trip!

HoosierPaddler - its midway along the cock pit, vertically up from where the deck material meets the hull material and then along the longeron (I think). I've attached a picture. I guess it's about 1 inch by 2 inches.

Flatwater - Is there any special thread we should use to sew it up?

Thanks so much again :)

Sophie


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:13 pm 
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Sorry I can't recommend any specific thread. I've only used what was in my Folbot repair kit and there's no indication of what it is.
In general it would need to be impervious to ultraviolet (sun light) and water.
I'd bet that whatever we have here won't be available under the same name over there.
Perhaps one of our other UK members can chime in here.

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