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Old 06-12-2017   #1
 
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Should I worry? raft repair?

I was out fishing with my buddy yesterday in my NRS Outlaw raft rig and he hits the back end of the raft against a rock wall. He is a newbie to the oars and we banged pretty good. Question... When I took a look at the boat later that day I noticed a few scratches and a bigger " deeper" scratch where the rock face snagged it. Any need for alarm? It's holding air, but it's only a year old boat. Will it stretch out wider?
Any one want to chime in and tell me that it's no big deal or suggestions?

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Old 06-12-2017   #2
 
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Your raft is probably ruined now. Sorry to break the news to you.
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Old 06-12-2017   #4
 
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If the underlying fabric is not damaged or frayed, strength wise your probably ok. Paint it with soapy water and check for bubbles and look really close because sometimes there are just tiny bubbles that take a while to appear. If it leaks at all I'd throw a patch over the whole mess and be done with it.
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Here you go. Looks minor but IDK? First boat.
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Looks fine to me, I wouldn't worry at all
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I'd classify that a 'light abrasion' and just keep an eye on it. No immediate attention required. Doesn't look like it even got near to the fabric layer. My boat has plenty worse than that and holds air just fine.

If you had a more severe area you could apply a wear patch and the boat would be fine.
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Old 06-12-2017   #8
 
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If you're worried about that scratch, you're going to worry a lot in your rafting career.
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Old 06-12-2017   #9
 
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Perfect!! I truly did not think it was bad, but as a new raft owner it was on my mind a bit. Thanks for the replies.
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Don't mess with it its fine.
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