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Is it necessary to take a repair kit for fibreglass canoes on multi day trips? If there was any major damage from a rock in rapids, then I doubt a repair kit would do much.
On that note, I once saw Ray Mears make a kind of repair tar from trees to use but that was to repair a birch canoe.
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Take a roll of packing tape|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-09-13 3:06 PM (EST)
the type with the threads in it.
Somebody better put a post in reply...|
Posted by: jackl on Sep-15-13 5:56 AM (EST)
to the OP's post, because if I decide to be a meanie, I gang wipe the whole gang of you out with one mighty
The answer is pretty obvious|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-15-13 9:19 AM (EST)
If you do multi day trips in wilderness you need to make some sort of repairs. I have taken duct tape back in the early 90's to temp fix glass.
You don't want to be running rapids in |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-09-13 10:38 PM (EST)
the wilderness unless those rapids are *incredibly* easy in light of your proven ability.
The handymans secret weapon|
Posted by: mgc on Jun-10-13 9:50 AM (EST)
is duct tape. Never dinged a glass canoe badly enough to need it though...or a canvas canoe. Unless you really cross one up in some rocks, you should have nothing to worry about.
Posted by: ppine on Jun-27-13 4:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-27-13 9:17 PM (EST)
I've taken along a tube of epoxy putty for years and have used it several times, sometimes for other camping gear and not the canoe. The old Spirit has several epoxy putty blobs on the keel line where the gelcoat and resin have been knocked off the Kevlar cloth crashing into rocks unseen by the bow paddler. Its a tube no larger than a toothpaste tube and you just break off what you need and knead it till the color is uniform thru the blob. It sticks very well and has fixed tool handles, filling in rodent bites.
yep, the epoxy putty stick|
Posted by: Mattt on Jun-28-13 8:37 AM (EST)
"I've taken along a tube of epoxy putty for years"
ppine, you did not repair anyone's |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-08-13 11:58 PM (EST)
fiberglass canoe by pounding out the dents. Doing that would only split off the broken surfaces of the "dent". Fiberglass canoes do not "dent". They hole or they split.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-09-13 3:51 PM (EST)
We talk canoes here, not sailboats. |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-09-13 4:14 PM (EST)
Fiberglass canoes do not "dent" and pounding them with a rock has no utility whatsoever. If you do not want readers to think you have lost your mind, be specific about what sort of boat you were "fixing."
Posted by: ppine on Sep-11-13 11:29 AM (EST)
You may provide repair advice, but you present it in a way most people would not want to hear.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-11-13 11:36 AM (EST)
Since you weren't there, we can ignore your opinion.
I know whose opinion I respect|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-11-13 12:15 PM (EST)
From my experience it can happen that fiberglass fibers break and if there are two breaks there can be a dent. Pounding with a rock is hilarious! That means you want to weaken the rest of the fibers that might be intact?
If you want people to understand you, |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-11-13 1:20 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Sep-11-13 2:06 PM (EST)
We were trying to get home. The boat that was damaged was an old, not very good boat to begin with. The fiberglass was brittle. After the boat swamped in some big rapids it smacked some big rocks. The damage was extensive. The only way to get the contours of the boat lined up was to persuade them with a rock. Otherwise it would not have been impossible to use duct tape to fill an opening of around 8-10 inches.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-11-13 2:09 PM (EST)
You guys don't have as much experience as you think you do.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-11-13 2:57 PM (EST)
The boat was a total loss. Damaging the fibers was not relevant. Just because you haven't seen it before is no reason to make fun of someone else's experience.
Well, now I sort of understand. |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-11-13 5:17 PM (EST)
But do you see why your original account made no sense at all?
Posted by: ppine on Sep-13-13 12:07 AM (EST)
Do you see that it makes no sense to accuse someone of being out of their mind and not knowing the difference between a fiberglass boat and some other kind of boat?
take it to Band B|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-13-13 12:13 AM (EST)
g2d has probably more experience than the rest of us re repair of all sorts of boats.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-13-13 1:08 PM (EST)
No. I am not interested in reading anything he has written. He could be a great source of knowledge, but you would never know it by his posts here.
Wait a while, and go back and read |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-13-13 10:33 PM (EST)
your initial post. And we have had any number of people on pnet who don't know the difference between FG, AL, and Royalex.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-15-13 11:22 AM (EST)
Don't assume everyone that paddles is in that category.
There will be less risk of that if they |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-15-13 11:26 PM (EST)
don't talk like they belong in that class.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-17-13 12:44 PM (EST)
I have repaired lots of fiberglass canoes. From wrapped boats, to delaminated boats, to simple holes punched in the side. Just because I built fiberglass sailboats for a living doesn't mean that I haven't spent a lot time working on fiberglass canoes and building wooden sea kayaks.
Start setting forth your ideas clearly, |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-19-13 10:49 PM (EST)
so that you are not subject to misunderstanding.
Duct Tape and epoxy putty|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Sep-22-13 1:10 PM (EST)
I carry good Duct Tape(3M 3939)and a tube of epoxy putty.