Originally Posted by Anton8100
I would love to send this to a pro. But shipping boats isn’t cheap. I don’t think I have anyone in my local area.
Maybe you saved enough on the boat to have enough $$ left over to ship the boat to ZB and have it done professionally. Then you'll be able to come to CO and have a fun boating vacation on the Arkansas River which runs right behind ZB's shop...
If you have it done professionally, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that your home-made patch isn't going to blow out in the middle of the next rapid. Typing from experience, with a patch that size there's lots of potential for your first-time home patch job to go wrong. Then you're removing the patch, having to remove ALL the old glue before you prep the surface again, and repatching again (and again, and again until you get it right). If you do the job yourself, your maiden voyage should be after letting the glue cure completely, leak testing, and letting the inflated boat sit overnight to slow-leak-test further. Then do a roadside run so you're not stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat boat and a patch job that's too big for riverside repair.
Not trying to be harsh but there's a good reason you got such a great deal on the boat. If the patch was so easy, the owner would've done it and held onto the boat.
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