As Chile ends it's summer season and the fall leaves begin to drop Pucon Kayak Hostel
has decided to train our full time carpenter Daniel on a full gear repair program for the winter months. I'm going to the Buzz to get repair tips for a person with excellent carpenter skills but lacking whitewater gear experience.
What tips, general tools would you suggest, and experiences can you share.
Thank you in advance for giving any tips.
A. General Questions -
1. Industrial Tire Repair Glue - The best sprayskirt repair job I've sen was a tire repair (vulcanizacion) guy in Ecuador used tube rubber and tire repair glue to repair holes in a skirt. Any ideas.
2. Researching buying a heavy duty hand tool sewing device for skirts and backbands. I'm starting with local leather / saddle craftsmen and fabric shops. Any suggestions?
B. Skirts -
1. Broken Bungee or Rubber - I've got several solid skirts that need the bungee or rubber repaired. What works?
2. Ripped / Holes in Neoprene -
3. Sewing Neoprene Tips -
C. Dry Tops - with Aquaseal being both expensive and hard to get what are thoughts on using the industrial tire repair glue on dry tops?
D. Old Booties - Any suggestions?
E. Kayaks - PKH sells our 2+ year old and broken kayaks in order to keep our kayak fleet fresh and in best condition. So, repairs are done with the concept of selling the damaged boat to boaters on a budget. Damages include: broken back bands, oil cans, cracks, dents, seat brackets dropping through screw slots, broken seat ratchets...
2. Teaching Plastic Welding - Good idea. Bad idea?
F. Paddles - Will likely return broken paddles to US to ship back for repairs. But damaged blades I'm considering seeking out an autobody shop that does fiberglass work. Suggestions?
Thanks M Buzz.