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Old 06-10-2014   #11
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Thanks for the thoughts... the purchase ended up being no-go (way wah...)
But yeah... I'm not sure what the pinhole issue with sotars is either?

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Old 06-10-2014   #12
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There is no pinhole issue with Sotars

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Old 06-10-2014   #13
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As osseous said, sotars do not have issues with pinholes. They are among the top brands for good reason. My 14' crappy tan color (which I really like) rolls up and stores in my garage quite nicely for most of the year with no issues.

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Old 06-10-2014   #14
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I think back in the day they had a run of material that had pinhole problems. I don't know the era but I believe it was distinct. But if they get a weld too hot it can cause pinholing in adjacent overheated fabric.

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Old 06-11-2014   #15
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Originally Posted by tmacc View Post
We have a material chafe strip, but I've noticed that if someone pulls a strap off too fast, it does leave a wear mark where the frame sits on the tube. Almost like it melted slightly from the heat and abrasion. I'm with you though. I'd never order a boat w/o a chafe strip either. The liquid lex is pretty easy to apply to an existing boat. It and the solvent are pretty toxic, so I applied it outside.
Ripping on dry straps will definitely burn through material. JPW's site has really practical advice on the subject:

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Old 06-11-2014   #16
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You ever held on tight to a dry sandy strap and ripped it through your hand real fast? It sucks. Don't do this to your boat.

Sotar Lexatron is the shit. No other raft fabric comes close to the opimal balance of weight, durability and roll-ability. Pinholes don't really happen unless you take a pin and poke holes in your Sotar.

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