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Old 07-31-2009   #11
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Originally Posted by ENDOMADNESS View Post
Aire owners- educate me on the ease of repair of PVC.

I have a hypalon boat and have patched it a few times on trips (even 1 hour before putting on) patches have held for 8-9 years. Just rough it up and apply glue to patched area and patch. Is the PVC even easier than this??
With the Aire - you can rip the outer shell and still float, if you are lucky. I managed to do exactly that on a trip down the Upper C a while ago. Hit a wall with quite a whap, and ripped open the outer PVC shell. Did not notice this till we got to the take out. Had that been a Hyperlon boat, we would have lost the tube and about 3 hours ( de-rigging, unpacking, repairing, etc..). I was lucky to not tear the inner tube. I was not able to attend the repair session that was held a few weeks later, but my understanding is thus:

Unzip the outer shell, and patch the inner tube (like a bicycle). (The manual mentions that you can sew up the PVC shell with baseball stitches if you need to get to a takeout before affecting a permanent repair.) Patch the outer shell, put the inner bladder back in, zip the outer shell back up, and bobs your uncle ( unless bob was the illegitimate step child of Martha.)
Re-inflate and you are good to go.


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Old 07-31-2009   #12
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Old 07-31-2009   #13
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I've also replaced a valve at a put-in in about 30 minutes. Super-simple, really.

PLus you don't get those pinhole leaks after years of use. If you have a bladder that starts losing air, you can replace it very cheaply in a few minutes and your boat is instantly air-tight.
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Old 07-31-2009   #14
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thanks guys,

I totally forgot about the outer shell casing (inner inflatable) on the Aire boats.
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Old 08-02-2009   #15
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Aires are the Bomb! They are a little heavier and roll up bigger, but man are they tough. I know repairs are supposed to be easy, but I have never made one in the ten years I've had it. You do need to maintain the zippers, or that on river repair will not even be possible.


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