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Old 09-01-2010   #1
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Messed up bow and stern! HELP!

Was just wondering if there are caps that can be welded to the ends of the boat that will fix my gaping holes, and what are these called. tried googleing them but nothing came up. Or is welding just the best option?

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Old 09-01-2010   #2
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End caps exist, but usually they're made by the boat company, and actually, nobody really uses them. Pyranha used to have at least a bow cap on pretty much all their boats, but that was several years ago. How big are the holes? Will welding actually work? You might need to buck up and buy a new boat.

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Old 09-02-2010   #3
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depends on the plastic and how big the hole is, if it can be welded. you are going to need a new boat anyways though...
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Buy a new boat! Even an "old" new boat is better than a sinking boat. Sucks, but it's probably time. How did you destroy your boat anyway? Might be a great story!

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had a great idea, while dreaming.. i think i heard of this idea before.. get the same exact replica of your boat and cut the tops and bottoms off of a used one.. might have to split them a bit but if you can get a solid plastic seal your boat will never be stronger and yeah you got extra plastic for when it cracks on the bottom.. has to be weldable aka not crosslinked
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Mike is right. You can take an old boat and cut the tip off, soften it with a hot air gun, and mold it to the new boat. Glue the tip on over the old part and puff getto awesome. But, knowing how thick the plastic is and how much you would need to stretch it... your better option would be to find the next boat up in size. - to fix an EZ you would weld/ glue on the tip of a Big EZ.

There was a company that made caps for random tip shapes called Ram Caps. I had one on an old crosslink boat that got drug behind a canoe trailer coming home from the Top Yough once. It never came off and lasted longer than any other part of the boat. Ram Caps came in five shapes and were more of a hard rubber than thin plastic. Check with Wildwasser they used to sell them a long time ago. Or, do a search for Ram Caps.

Pyranha made ones for a couple of their creekboat designs. They worked well if your shape was spot on with theres, if not they didn't realy mold to fit as well as you would think. The Pyranha caps were more plastic than rubber. A thin linear plastic.

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