Before you ship that gear to Seattle, you could give Eric Lang at Inflatable Restoration and Repair a call at (719) 539-9751. The shop's right there in Salida at 3244 East US Highway 50. He's been a MountainBuzz Sponsor in the past and deserves our support. Here's the blurb about his shop from the Partner Directory:
Inflatable Restoration and Repair has been keeping outfitters and private boaters floating since 1997. IRR is a full service repair shop offering minor to major raft repair, kayak welding and dry suit gasket repair. We take great pride in providing quality workmanship at honest price. We are factory trained and able to offer warranty repairs for most of the leading manufactures in the white water industry.
Be sure to tell where you heard about him.