Posted by: dafishman on Jan-14-14 5:49 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am thinking about purchasing this kayak if the price is right. http://flic.kr/p/jdnfLk As you can see from the photo it has a little damage in the stern from where it looks like it was dropped and the rudder bracket busted out of the side. I have a little bit of fiberglass experience, but never with anything that would need to be able to withstand some force from the rudder bracket. How hard would it be to fix this damage? Approximately how much would a professional repair cost? I am not really that concerned about perfectly matching gelcoat, mainly just fixed right from a strength standpoint.
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Posted by: vk1nf on Jan-14-14 6:33 PM (EST)
My first inclination would be take the rudder off and use epoxy and glasscloth to repair the damage from the outside; then I'd try paddling without it. If that went well, problem solved.
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Posted by: g2d on Jan-15-14 12:36 AM (EST)
showing details of damage to see if a repair could be done from outside.
I have the same boat|
Posted by: jackL on Jan-15-14 6:31 AM (EST)
and had similar damage when it blew off the racks while I was loading it, and repaired it myself from the outside.
It looks cosmetic|
Posted by: jaybabina on Jan-15-14 8:34 AM (EST)
Posted by: dafishman on Jan-15-14 9:30 AM (EST)
Thanks for the responses. I now feel more confident that it could be fixed fairly easily. I have a 700x and looked at it last night. It has a solid mass in the stern that looks like it strengthens the area where the bracket attaches. It is gives the bracket screws something to attach to beside the fiberglass.
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-15-14 10:08 AM (EST)
If you find you have a need to do the repair partially from the interior it may be possible to do so. I have used an epoxy dispenser made from a furring strip with a dental syringe attached. Dental syringes have drawn-out tips and are readily available from places like Jamestown Distributors. The syringe can be attached to the furring stick with stout rubber bands.
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Posted by: g2d on Jan-15-14 11:31 AM (EST)
it's best not to do *too* good a repair. I'd rather have the assembly break off without damaging the hull enough to cause a leak. If it got torn off during a paddle, it could be recovered by the control cables and kept on the deck for later repair.
Did you buy it?|
Posted by: yakfisher on Feb-02-14 3:50 AM (EST)
Is the rudder actually loose? It honestly looks like someone bumped the rudder into something and it flexed the fiberglass enough to pop a chunk of gelcoat off. It may look worse than it actually is.
Didn't Buy the Boat|
Posted by: dafishman on Feb-02-14 9:01 PM (EST)
I wound up not buying the kayak. The seller stated that it was just the gel coat that cracked off, but I don't know for sure. It was full carbon and he stated that the black carbon is what you saw in the photo. It looked a little bit deeper than that in the photo, but I never saw it in person.