DIY Maravia Leaking Floor Repair-advice?
I have a 1996 Maravia Williwaw 1 (14' SB). I just bought it, used, (with full knowledge) that the floor leaks.
I want to try to repair this myself. It is a laced-in floor, and where the non-inflated perimeter meets the inflated portion of the floor, the material turns ~90 degrees (more like 70*). Not everywhere, but in a lot of places there are cracks developing up and down this corner...one is so big you can hear it hissing. The rest of the boat holds air beautifully.
The old owner put Silicone caulk in some of the places, which is peeling out easily, and doesn't seem to help.
I spoke to Maravia, and they recommend Bias Tape. I know nothing about repairing rafts (especially PVC/Urethane) but I'm good with tools and can be fairly meticulous.
What do you think? I'm thinking getting all of the silicone out, cleaning the area with a brush and MEK. then applying the bias tape with a (hopefully) one step glue.
any other ideas? a new floor from maravia is $1000, so if I could repair it to make it last a year or two that would be great. i got the boat for a good deal, so I'm not to stressed.