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posted by The Captain @ 3:40 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012

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Hypalon Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) Restoration Project

 

There is no problem that this boat doesn't have. It has UV damage, leaking seams, It was coated with a one part coating like GACO or Rhino hide, It has been abraded and has fabric showing through

But regardless of the damage, we are confident that SRC- TUFFCOAT and a little elbow grease will be able to make this boat into a thing of beauty.

The first thing we have to do is get as much of the offending material off as possible. This includes broken handles, bad patches and of course the single part coating.

As you can see from the above picture the fabric is showing through, not just here but all over the boat. One good thing is that the old coating prevented further UV damage to the fabric.

The remainder of the bow ring has got to go.

 

Use a heat gun or hairdryer to melt glue and remove handle or old patches.

Old handle, Bow ring and some of the old paint removed ( what a struggle).

Okay, I admit we were worried – Before I can restore this boat I have to get all the old coating off- if I don’t it will only be a strong as the old coating – even if it was a good coating it would still have to come off because whoever did it put it on when the humidity was about 100% – in the places where you can peel it off you can see little bubbles of moisture between the coating and the hypalon!

Scrape off with wood block. First Get all that old junk off at least one pontoon.

Getting the old one part paint off is very tedious but not that hard. This type of one part system sold for restoring inflatables will work if applied to the right type of boat under the right conditions. It will not however rebuild the hypalon coating like SRC Tuffcoat and it lacks the seal coat which differentiates SRC from other products.

I lightly rough off the area with a fine 200 grit sandpaper or 3m pad then clean the area with acetone before applying a seal coat. I thin the basecoat 10-15% and apply a thin coat to the areas where fabric is showing through. I'll build up the hypalon coating slowly until it is even.

The basecoat sinks into the bare fabric and bonds the thread bare areas. I'll apply two or three thin coats then lightly sand and reapply another coat. This is only necessary when the damage is this extensive and you want a really good job.

After the basecoat dries the sticking up bits can be sanded off.

The plan was to do half the boat and leave the other half unfinished to show the contrast. It was a good plan but too hard so from here on I am just going to finish the project.

Good comparison from old to new.

Good comparison from old to new

Incredible restoration results - an old boat from rags to riches.

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As you may already know, specialization in the design of today’s inflatable boats is now in the forefront of the minds of the manufacturers and designers. Each distinct group is specifically designed for a different set of applications and is built and equipped with different components and equipment. Most inflatable boats today fall within one these specific categories.

If all you need is a smallinflatable boat to get you from ship to shore, then a typical inflatable tender is the best answer. If you’re after a medium sized boat for diving or watersports there are many choices as well. If a large rigid-hulled inflatable (Rigid Inflatable Boat or RIB) for recreation, rescue or work is what you need, there are again many exotic designs available with a wide variety of standard and optional components. The choice of inflatable boats is quite wide through the entire spectrum, ranging from very compact models with simple slatted or inflatable floors, to larger tenders with inflatable or wooden keels and solid wooden or aluminum floors, up to the fiberglass or aluminum rigid-hulled inflatables. To avoid confusion, before buying, or even shopping for an inflatable, discuss and decide on exactly what the uses or requirements will be for your new inflatable boat. This will minimize the models to choose from, which in turn will minimize confusion.

Dealer Location and Reputation
The location of the inflatable boat dealer is important because you don’t want to have to travel too far for you inflatable boat needs. Whether it’s parts, repairs or just technical support and friendly customer service tips, a close dealer can be a close friend. In particular, as a new boat owner and perhaps new to inflatable boats, you may have questions, need to claim warranty, or need regular servicing to maintain a warranty. Any way you look at it, closer is better.


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Pricing
Years ago, inflatable boats where the most expensive boats on the market and only a few people could afford them. This was due to the use of exotic materials and the hours of meticulous hand labor which went into their construction. Now, the boats still use the best materials, but in the late seventies, the companies started investing millions of dollars in computer-driven assembly equipment. This enabled prices to be dramatically reduced as economies of scale rose, enabling more and more consumers to enjoy affordable inflatable boating. Zodiac and its sister company, Sevylor, are now the leading low-cost producer thanks to these technological investments. So be wary of inflatable prices substantially below the Zodiac/Sevylor line. They may be either produced in developing countries by unskilled labor, or marketed by companies who are unaware of the importance of profit margins. They will be glad to see your dollar today but may be unwilling or unable to fix a problem later, or supply that much needed spare part.

Warranties
You may be enamored with inflatable boat competitor’s claims, all of whom will promise they have the best or longest warranty. There was even a lifetime warranty offered some years ago by an inflatable boat company that soon enough disappeared. A lot of manufacturers use attractive warranties as a substitute for quality or proper boat design, or simply to shore up a lack of product features. You should also be sure in your own mind that the company will be around long enough to deliver. Zodiac has been building inflatables for over 50 years and offers a limited 5-year warranty. And they have the whereforall to be around for a long time.

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Inflatable boat and inflatable kayak repair information

posted by The Captain @ 12:54 PM
Thursday, May 31, 2012

You can easily repair your inflatable boat and its minor punctures (1cm or less), be it either in Hypalon or in Strongan/PVC fabric. Read basic repair instructions below, but when performing simple repairs follow the instructions in your owner’s manual. Always use safety equipment. Seek a professional repair station for complete details, instructions and materials.
For larger repairs, consult your authorized dealer.

To know the fabric of your inflatable boat, check the buoyancy tube’s vertical seams. Since about 1985, most ZODIAC boats are made in Strongan/PVC fabric.

HAND-GLUED SEAMS = HYPALON FABRIC
Traditional assembly method for hypalon fabric. The 2 panels are glued, one covering the other. You will only see part of fabric that covers the other section.

THERMOBONDED SEAMS = STRONGAN FABRIC
Robotized hot assembly technique: two layers of fabric are welded between an exterior reinforcement band and an interior airtight band. What you see is the exterior band, with 2 borders.

REPAIR KIT
Cleaning:
- Hypalon fabric: rough the material with the pumice stone provided (never use solvent)
- Strongan fabric: Grease remover of the MEK or acetone type. Use safety equipment.
Repairing:
- Fabric patch (use correct fabric for your inflatable boat)
- Tube of special glue, ready for use: check with your dealer that you use the suitable glue
- Small paint brush

CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR A SUCCESSFUL REPAIR
- Relative humidity less that 60%
- Temperature between 18 and 25°C (64.4 and 77°F)
- Avoid carrying out repairs in direct sunlight or rain
- Check that the buoyancy tube is fully deflated and lies flat


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PREPARATION
- Cut out a round patch at least 5 cm larger than the hole or cut to be repaired
- Draw around the shape of the patch exactly where it will be applied on the boat
- Clean the damaged part of the boat and the corresponding side of the patch
- Strongan fabric: with a grease remover of the alcohol type
- Hypalon fabric: with the pumice stone only
- Allow to dry for 5 minutes

GLUING
- Apply 3 thin layers of glue on both the patch and the roughened area on the boat and let dry for 5 to 10 minutes between each layer until tacky

PUTTING ON THE PATCH
- When the 3rd layer is dry, apply the patch without pressing and adjust the position if required
- Press out the air bubbles which may have formed under the patch
- Smooth the patch with a round object (ie: a spoon) starting from the center of the patch and working out
- Clean the excess glue with a solvent

USE OF BOAT AFTER REPAIR
- Do not expose the repair to sun or rain until cured
- Let dry and cure for 24 hours before inflating

CAUTION!
When using the glue :
- Carefully replace the cap on the tube of glue. If properly sealed, it keeps well.
- Do not leave the tube in the sun or next to heat sources or direct flames.
- Check that the room is properly ventilated, avoid inhaling or ingesting the glue, and avoid its contact with your skin.

NOTE: FOR MAJOR REPAIRS, TAKE YOUR BOAT TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO CAN PERFORM AFTER SALES SERVICE.

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The buoyancy tube of your inflatable boat is made of fabric using plastomer PVC or neoprene/hypalon rubber. Inflatable boat maintenance is easy but essential.
Clean it every month: (if used extensively) but recommended seasonally before storing for the winter.

NEVER USE STRONG DETERGENTS (ACID, TRICHLORETHYLENE, MINERAL SPIRIT) OR SILICONE-BASED PRODUCTS TO CLEAN YOUR INFLATABLE BOAT.

Inflate the buoyancy tube:

  • Open the self bailer and wash the boat with a hose to remove sand and other particles
  • Remove the floor or floorboards where applicable
  • Clean all grime, stains, etc (use products from your dealer if required)
  • Check all inflatable sections for leaks, with foamy soap and water
  • Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughlyNEVER USE HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING EQUIPMENT. THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE BOAT


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When deflating your inflatable boat :

  • Check that the valves and gaskets are clean and not damaged
  • Check to ensure the self bailer is not clogged

A 20% air pressure loss in a 24 hours period is normal.

Only address more serious air leakages: ie: .25 PSI in 5 hours

If you have a problem with an air leakage: first, check all valves are intact and in closed position (nothing clogging the valve).

Do not hesitate to contact your dealer.

Storage of your inflatable boat:
When storing yourinflatable boat, keep it in a clean and dry place that is not affected from major variations in temperature and other damaging environmental factors. You may store the boat deflated and rolled up or lightly inflated. If you own an inflatable with a removable tubeset, take it off for easier, more thorough cleaning. You may store the tubeset on or off the boat.

FOR LONG TERM STORAGE IN THE SUN (ESPECIALLY IN TROPICAL REGIONS), PROTECT YOUR BOAT WITH A COVER.
RODENTS CHEW ON FABRIC INCLUDING INFLATABLE BOAT MATERIAL. STORE AWAY FROM RODENTS (RATS AND MICE).

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I bought a used inflatable boat or kayak and need information on it. How do I get it?
The best way is by visiting a Supplier’s Index, searching for the brand and visiting their website. If they are not listed, try contacting us and maybe we can help answer your question.

What fabrics are inflatable boats and kayaks made from?
For many years all inflatables were made of Neoprene/Hypalon (or rubber) materials. Today modern materials and construction processes have made it possible to make inflatable boat and kayaks out of strong plastic materials called PVC or Strongan (Zodiac’s fabric). So, today most inflatables are made out of PVC or Hypalon. Each fabric is different and requires different fabric and glue for repairs.

Are inflatable boats and inflatable kayaks safe and stable?
Yes! Inflatable boats and kayaks are said to be the safest and most stable boats in the world now with the patented construction methods, technology used and the innovative designs allowing redundant safety systems to be in place (ie. multiple chambers in the tubeset in case 1 gets punctured, other still stay inflated). Because of their safety reputation, inflatable boats are now essentially the standard for use by the military, coast guard and other rescue agencies worldwide.

How big a boat do I need for my family?
There are too many criteria to consider for us to answer this question accurately for each user, but generally criteria include, number of people to go in the boat, their average weight, how much cargo will you have, for use in lakes or oceans, calm water or rough water, size of engine, personal safety peace of mind needed, tow it, put it on the roof or fold it up, and your budget. When you know the answers to these, visit a dealer and they’ll show you boats that meet your needs.

What size tender do I need for my yacht?
There are too many criteria to consider for us to answer this question accurately for each user, but generally criteria include, number of people to go in the boat, their average weight, how much cargo will you have, for use in lakes or oceans, calm water or rough water, size of engine, personal safety peace of mind needed, tow it, put it on top of your boat, put it on davits or fold it up, and your budget. When you know the answers to these, visit a dealer and they’ll show you boats that meet your needs.


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How do I find out who manufactured my boat or kayak?
Inflatable boats will have a logo, decal or other branding on them most of the time. If not, they should all have an I.D. plate or patch identifying the boat brand, model, serial number, length, width, weight, capacities, manufacturer contact info and more. This plate is often located on the transom (back) of the boat. Contact the manufacturer using a Supplier’s Index to attain information you may be looking for or may require in the future.

How do I find a repair facility?
Go to a Supplier’s Index and search for the listing of the manufacturer of your boat. Click there to go to their website and locate the “dealer list” to search for a dealer/repair facility in your area. If brand loyalty is not an issue, or your brand has no dealer in your area, some of the bigger manufacturers have many dealers to choose from as most dealers will repair any brand of inflatable.

I recently bought a used boat and need parts for it.
Go to a Supplier’s Index and search for the listing of the manufacturer of your boat. Click there to go to their website for information and parts. If it isn’t listed, they probably don’t have a website. Our Shopping section offers a wide selection of parts and many dealers of different brands stock universal parts also.

I want to repair my boat. What do I do?
Repairing a boat yourself is a difficult and often costly task. It is a complex procedure and the glue, solvents, fabrics and tools required are not easy to get and are usually expensive. However, most dealers stock these items and will sell you them, some will even offer directions and advice. Be warned though that “self repairs” may end in a visit to the dealer anyways, so a dealer evaluation before you try is always the best idea to determine the difficulty of the repair.

I want to build my own inflatable boat. Does anyone sell patterns and supplies?
Building an inflatable boat is complex, and expensive and is best left to the professionals. Building your own boat will likely cost more than buying one and could prove to be a safety hazard as well. Insuring it or passing government inspections/regulations my be difficult also. Patterns for the sections of the inflatable collar are hard to get and it is unlikely a manufacturer will supply them or that a dealer would have them. However, if you really want to try, a dealer will likely sell you the fabric, glue, parts, etc.

How do I learn more about inflatables?
The best way to learn more about a specific brand is by visiting a Supplier’s Index, searching for the brand and visiting their website. If they are not listed, try using our Information, Advice and Support page to learn more, or by contacting us and maybe we can help answer your question.

How Do I Find A Leak In My Boat?
Use a soapy water mixture (dish soap) and spray it all over your inflatable while it is inflated. Watch for small bubbles, hissing and other telltale signs. Works every time!

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