After 14-months of ownership and, I'd guess, around 40 paddles, my 'yak has let me down
Got out on the water yesterday morning and soon realized that the main chambers were not holding air. Turns out that I don't have a puncture - rather a small tear along a seam. Just out of warranty (typical) - will have to see if the manufacturer will help out. My experience in this area in the US is not great - seller (Amazon) points you towards the manufacturer, who points you towards the seller.
My initial thought was that it would not repair on a seam, but some on my local kayak page reckon that it can be done. I've been pointed in the direction of a couple of local-ish companies that sell and repair RIB's / SIB's.
Bit miffed as this is a holiday weekend and I was planning to paddle all 3 days. I hired a SUP from my local lake yesterday. I'm still aching enough that I won't be doing that again for a little while
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Bike tyre patch on both sides?
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Could possibly enlarge the hole and insert something on the inside and then another layer on the outside, I guess??
There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube and many products available on the market. I think that being right on the seam is going to complicate matters somewhat.
I certainly wouldn't enlarge it. But remember that bike tyre pressures are really high. So a well applied bike tyre patch should be pretty effective but I suppose your kayak is vinyl not rubber, so your choice of adhesive will be different.
Not sure what the material is - I think it is rubber, but I'd have to check.
On a bike repair you normally have the patch being held firm against the tyre. Although pressures are lower here (2psi), the area in question is prone to flexing and bending. The tube is held within an outer bladder (for want of a better word) but I'm not sure if it would hold the patch in place.
The manufacturer, Advanced Elements, got back to me today and offered me a new main tube - result! Only slight issue is that they are out of stock and will be so for the next month or so. By the time I get a replacement it will most likely be beyond my paddling season, but at least I'll be ready to go at the start of next year.
I'll just have to make do with my paddle board until then.....