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Old 10-17-2016   #1
 
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How would you repair this?

Hi everyone!

Hope our summer treated you well on the river! There is a seam coming undone on my boat, it looks like part of the thread has worn away. This is on a 2006 Super Duper Puma (plastic boat). Do you have any recommendations on how to fix something like this?

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If it's a 2006 I would call AIRE pronto and see if you can get it in under the 10 year no fault warranty they offer on their boats, they rock like that!! Here is their number (800) 247-3432, good luck!! Renee
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Thanks Cascade, I'll definitely ask!
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Just FYI, this is the repair that's needed.

What do you think?
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If you can't get it fixed under warranty, I'd hand sew it. I'd overlap the good stitches by a least a half dozen on each side.
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What do you think?
I had the same thing happen to a 20 year old Lynx II this summer. Aire fixed it and cleaned the pressure relief valve for $45.
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I restitched mine using an awl stitcher. Can't tell the difference between mine and the factory. It is tedious!! Grab a 12 pack and take your time. Click image for larger version

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Thread, especially nylon or polyester, weakens with sunlight exposure.
This is going to happen. I would not fault the manufacturer.
Now you know what to include in your repair kit too.

I would suggest acquiring FF Nylon or heavier.
FF may also go by size 138.

The E (69) and F threads have lower numbers and are OK for some repairs on packs where strength is not required.

I could be wrong on the FF recommendation and you might want a 3 or even 5 cord nylon.

Bonded thread is better for sewing in a machine but not an issue with an awl.
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You might try this with a really heavy hand needle and not an awl.

Be sure and go through the already made holes from the prior stitching.
Creating new holes for the repair stitching will further weaken the fabric.
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Duct tape, bubble gum, bailing wire, and W-D 40 ( not necessarily in that order)
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