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Old 06-28-2007   #1
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sealing a crack

My friend just recently noticed a tiny 1 inch crack next to the cockpit in his boat and it's letting a good amount of water in. Does anyone have any suggestions for sealing it up? Thanks.

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Old 06-28-2007   #2
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patch it & never worry about it again.
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snowboard/ski ptax. even melt another boats plastic on.
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Old 06-29-2007   #4
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Is your kayak a Wavesport?? They are known for cracks around the cockpits. If so you may try to warranty it.
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Old 06-29-2007   #5
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Since the crack is not in a position to be scraped by rocks I would put some duct tape on it and forget about it. If you heat up the boat and the duct tape just a little bit with a hairdryer it will stay on a good long time.

The roofing tape or window frame tape type of stuff ("bitchithane" or whatever people call it) is stickier and basicallly lasts forever. I use that stuff when I crack a creeker on the bottom, but duct tape is fine for this job.

I tried to patch a crack with ptex once and melted a big ol' hole in my boat. I'm afraid to use anything but duct tape or roofing tape ...they work fine. Welding plastic is way to scary for me.
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