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Old 07-14-2016   #11
San Jose, CA, California
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1. Fill the boat with water using a garden hose and look for leaks. Then dry boat completely.
2. +1 Tighten all screws
3. +1 Gorilla tap all screws and apply light heat with heat gun.
4. +1 Use the best IR skirt you can afford.

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Old 07-14-2016   #12
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Keep the allen key and Phillips head handy to tighten everything frequently. Gorilla tape the hardware on the sides of the boat. Use the IR Royale skirt with the extra fabric around the rand.

Never flip.

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Old 07-14-2016   #13
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Originally Posted by Ken F View Post
My 2009 Mamba leaked like a sieve. Turned out my spray skirt was too big. I bought a new IR Lucky Charm, the correct size, and this cut down the leaking dramatically. Still leaks, but much less than before.
I found this to be my biggest issue. When I tuck to set up on a roll my skirt would allow water down my back along my spin into my boat. I still have this issue when boating shirtless. Good luck.
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Old 07-15-2016   #14
Basalt, Colorado
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My Wife had the same problem with her Mamba [2006 model?]. She tightened the screws, applied silicone sealant on all screw heads, and bought an IR skirt. Done + done. No leaks since, but I'm guessing she might have to perform the first 2 tasks every or every other season....
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Old 07-18-2016   #15
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bungee may be drier than a rand

As far as IR skirts go the bungees (Klingon and Empire) are generally drier than the rand skirts (Lucky Charm and Royale) except on odd shaped the earlier burns. Rand skirts are better for implosion resistance but bungees usually make a drier seal. just my $.02
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Old 07-19-2016   #16
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What JdMacc said. I filled my boat w/ water- nothing. Checked my screws, and not only were they loose, but I was even missing one. Replaced/tightened and siliconed. No issues since.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.
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