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Old 04-27-2012   #1
Santa Cruz, California
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Jacks Plastic Welding durability/longevity...

I just bought a cataraft (waterready) for fly fishing with 13' JPW pontoons, with intentions of floating some big trout rivers in northern California. The pontoons are about 9 years old and hold air just fine, although I've aqua-sealed a few small pin holes. I've heard great things about the company, but their material seems to be on the light side of other boat manufacturers. I believe the pvc is 38oz, 1100 denier. Just wondering how you think this material will hold-up while boating class 3-4 water, that can often be rocky and subject to flow changes. I'm not sure the life expectancy of these welded toons', but hopefully nine year old pontoons aren't considered old. How long should I expect these to last?

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Old 04-27-2012   #2
cedar city, Utah
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Take care of them off the river and they should last. Keep them inflated if possible. This will help avoid the pinholes (which I got from poor storage). In a way I would label their tubes best for experienced folks who already know how to care for equipment. Don't be lazy, even for a few months, with their tubes.

The only tear I have had was a 1k float down the Dolores in my JPW cutthroat. The material definitely seems thinner and more prone to puncturing. Learn to properly attach patches before you go onto any bony river. I didn't and have a dysfunctional patch now. Ugly and doesn't hold air as well.

I love the boat though. They are like rowing cadillacs. All my problems were user error.

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Old 04-27-2012   #3
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Learn to properly attach patches before you go onto any bony river. I didn't and have a dysfunctional patch now. Ugly and doesn't hold air as well.
dude, get a heat gun and redo it proper under more controlled conditions. easy fix! those field repairs are often just like that tiny spare tire in a car in case of a flat. they get you home but should be replaced immediately.

good luck.
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Old 04-27-2012   #4
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JPW tubes are bomber! The older one's had some issues, but mine are tough as nails. I have friends with tubes from 12 years ago, no double bottoms, and they still are in great shape even after dozens of piedra/upper a trips every year.

Keep them stored right and they'll last forever.

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