Fixing a Creek Boat - Mountain Buzz

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-30-2007   #1
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 275
Send a message via AIM to xkayaker13
Fixing a Creek Boat

So I recently put a small gouge in my LL Huck on Bear Creek. It's only about a half an inch long, so I figure it should be pretty easy for me to fix. Does anyone have any experience patching holes like these? Any ideas? Recommendations?

xkayaker13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 04-30-2007   #2
caspermike's Avatar
Bozeman, Montana
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,507

hmmm fixing a boat, i have a crappy micro 240 that had a couple cracks i fixed by just heating the pastic back up and melting it back together you don't want to change the shape of your hull so be careful to not burn a hole in your boat! i don't know what every body else thinks about your plastic weekening from this so ask around first i bought the boat for 100 bucks so i didn't care and now its awsome
caspermike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #3
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 272
Yahoo! Answers - What is ROOFING bitchathane?
"I would drag my balls across broken glass just to hear her fart into a walkie talkie" -Jay Drury
tboner is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 04-30-2007   #4
Owner: Class 5 Carvings
Paul the Kayaker's Avatar
Fort Collins, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 602
So there are few different methods here. I have seen people that have a clean crack drill holes at each end of the crack to prevent it from further cracking, and then take duct tape or gorilla tape and place it on the inside of the boat over the crack while heating it with a blow dryer or heat gun and pushing the tape down with a spoon to smooth it out. Be sure to put 3 or 4 layers of tape on in this method to ensure water tightness. Another great method is to cut some of your plastic off the inside of the cockpit rim and light it on fire. The plastic will burn and slowly drip into the crack, so first put tape on the inside of the boat over the crack, cut a strip of plastic, heat the outside of the boat but do not overheat causing your boat to melt, then start to drip plastic into the crack from the strip you cut off. This welds the boat back together with the same plastic. This second method works great on non-flex parts of your boat, or patching up holes from missing screws and things like that. Use the first tape method for the bottom and edges of your boat where it flexes and would cause the plastic weld to crack again. Any time your using either of these methods know your boat is pretty much done. Check your boat before you go out every time and keep patching until you can buy another boat, I would not recommend taking your patched boat on a wilderness run, that should be common sense though. Hope this helps anyone that may have broken their boat this weekend on bear creek.

P the K
Paul the Kayaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #5
Roy's Avatar
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 682
I once patched a crack in a Y with a piece of old boat and it held for over a year.

We were at OBJ, so it was a bit of a McGyver thing but somebody else had a destroyed boat that they let me have a piece of, and I just glued a square of that to the inside of the hull over the crack with that blue engine gasket material. Ran OBJ in it the next day dry as a bone!

Before the patch, I used a hot wire to burn the ends of the crack round, so it wouldn't propagate. I think that's better than a drill (smaller, smoother hole), but your mileage may vary...
Roy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #6
Gary E's Avatar
Jackson, Wyoming
Paddling Since: 94
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 745
Send a message via Yahoo to Gary E
With a creek boat the best way is the two posts above. Drill each side of the crack to prevent it from getting larger, than apply the bitchathane. It is bomber. If you are really getting into the fix apply a wiefel ball on the nose to take up some piton action like dave eckardt used to do back in the day.

petex, gum and some duct tape for quick fixes
Gary E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #7
Caspian's Avatar
Englewood, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1978
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 882
C'mon...everyone knows that tennis balls duct-taped bow and stern are where it's, uh...was at.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	8421.jpeg
Views:	213
Size:	166.9 KB
ID:	65  
Join up, suckas.

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
- Soren Kierkegaard
Caspian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #8
I kayak DH.
Waterwindpowderrock's Avatar
Greater tri cities metro area, Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 794
anyone looking for some bitchethane that's coming by my way, I have enough to fix 5 years worth of bear creek carnage. You're welcome to grab whatever you need, I found it tough to buy a little bit when I was looking the first time.
Waterwindpowderrock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #9
Dave Frank's Avatar
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,824
Christian (or anyone), drop me a line. I've got tons of the bitch tape folks are talking about. drilling holes at each end is important. I've paddled boat for years with the original fix.

(seven two 0)-298-2242
Dave Frank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2007   #10
Durango, Colorado
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 65
I've used Bitchuthane (i.e. ice & water shield, Grace (brand name) etc.) on a creek boat and it held solid for two seasons. If you want to mess around with melting plastic, be careful not to overheat it (when the plastic starts to turn shinny) or it'll turn brittle. In hindsight, I would have just thrown on some bitchuthane and called it good, instead of cooking my plastic to crispety crisp. OR...better yet, just get a new boat, as yours is pretty much dunbar.
DES is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BS MAC 1 DamonB Kayaking | Gear Talk 4 11-07-2011 04:47 PM
Your favorite Creek Boat JCKeck1 Whitewater Kayaking 37 02-03-2006 09:43 AM
Creek boat: chine or no chine D_T Kayaking | Gear Talk 14 11-03-2005 03:29 PM
Lost Jackson Rocker Creek boat on fish creek progers Lost & Found 0 06-23-2005 10:43 PM
rope from submerged boat Lime Creek -- removed eojohnson River Access & Safety Alerts! 0 06-08-2004 05:15 AM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.