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I've got an older Hyside self bailer which is a great raft with crappy carry handles. They are made from 2 pieces of nylon webbing sewn together and glued to a hypalon patch. The webbing is stiff and the edge of it tends to cut into your hand. They are very uncomfortable when carrying the boat any more than a short distance.

I was thinking of cutting some tubing lengthwise to slip over the webbing. Has anyone tried this? Did you use rubber tubing or plastic? What diameter? Did you glue the tubing back together?

Is there something besides tubing that would work? I'd love to hear any ideas you guys have.

I'd rather not have to remove and reglue new handles, but maybe it will come to that. I've seen some nice handles on newer boats, just don't want to spend too much $$ right now on a new set of raft handles (married, you know how that goes.....).

Thanks,
Greg
 

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How about some foam pipe insulation, then wrap it in duct tape? Cheap and easy, but kinda ugly even when done well. I think plastic tubing would also be a good idea, but I would definately weld the seam you'll have to cut to get it on. I've seen aftermarket handles like this, but am having trouble remembering where...
 

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Be careful about leaving hose on the handles. It can cause the handles to not dry out completely, leading to rotting of your boat if you roll it up with webbing still wet. Consider using garden hose, as smallie suggested, without gluing them back together. Pull the hose off the handles before drying, or after you carry the boat to the river and stick 'em in your strap bag.
 
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