Originally Posted by ENDOMADNESS
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.