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  I doubt the inner Kevlar would have
  Posted by: ezwater on Jan-05-13 4:03 PM (EST)
 

split from the boat's side being pushed in from outside. Kevlar has enormous strength in tension. Probably the appearance in the seller's photo results from disruption of the resin/cloth laminate along the line of the fold. That disruption would represent mainly compression of the outer laminate layers.

But pblanc is right in saying that a couple of concentric layers (larger first) on the inside would help.

If you're super sensitive to epoxy, and think you can't get by just using gloves and great care, you may be able to find a source of quality vinylester resin. Just be careful not to buy more than you will use in 6 months, because it will slowly "go off" on its own. I've used vinylester for patching, and it works very well.

If you decide to use epoxy, you might employ a "helper" who can do things for you such as pulling off epoxy soiled vinyl gloves, holding mixed epoxy, or even dipping out mixed epoxy for you to spread into the laminate. Some "helpers" may be susceptible into being Tom-Sawyered into wetting out the laminate for you.

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