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Inflatable Dinghies - the good, the bad and the ugly?

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I had a Takacat light for a few months. It was wetter, and not as good a dingy as the Aquapro 2.7 rib. I sold it, and even though it had only a few hours (less that 3) use, once the new owner got it it did not last a month. The manufacturer would not accept any responsibility. :-(

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As a counter point, the people I know with a taka cat wouldn't have anything else, can take 6 without issues, no problems with build quality, and handle like a small thunder cat. A solid floot is a lot better than the inflatable. Can't comment on how they row though

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I quite like my Takacat. They are lightly built but that means you can lift it on the roof easily. Best rowing inflatable I have had. Having said that we thrashed our alloy hulled Aqupro more or less daily with a 15hp water skiing with the kids etc and it was great. We did get one of those velcroed on sun covers though.

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If you want the best inflatable brand and money's not a huge issue, get an Achilles. Japanese hypalon it will last you for decades. I've had one in the workshop that lives under a tree in a paddock and is rolled out once a year. 20 years old and it's still shiny.

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Hey Pumbaa, I could do with your advice.

 

I have RED brand paddleboard where the foam deck has let go, it was a lemon from day 1 unfortunately but I was in denial and didn't give it back.

anyway , now the deck, the foam walk on/ decorative stuff is delaminating. A SUP guy here in akl says i can glue it back on with F2 , which would suit me , I have it.

Does that sound right to you , or do I need something more aggressive/ specialised. They are hypalon boards.

Pisses me right off of course. We bought one the first year and then bought a second of the same model the next year. The 'new' board is the lemon.

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apparently

 

the best inflatable glue repairs use a special activator mixed with the contact cement

 

the activator is not needed for normal contact glue use, like sticking down a carpet tile, but as the activator makes the glue bond much harder and more waterproof it is what the pros use to fix inflatables 

 

bostik seem to be the best suppliers of the in nz

 

http://glueguru.co.nz/shop/PRODUCT+TYPES/PRIMERS++ACTIVATORS/B050232.html

 

ideally you'd match it with one of the associated bostik contact adhesives at the bottom of the page above

 

i hear 999 is the best

 

nothing to stop you using whatever contact glue you have around, esp. as you're not trying to seal in air along a seam and probably don't mind doing it again next year along with other bits that start to lift

 

if you dig around on the net you can find inflatable repair kits in nz that include a small bottle of activator in the $40-$70 range

 

https://www.smartmarine.co.nz/products/boats-outboards-trailers/inflatable-boat-spare-parts/56703/inflatable-boat-pvc-repair-kit-w-valve-tool-white/details/

 

https://www.smartmarine.co.nz/products/boats-outboards-trailers/inflatable-boat-spare-parts/53455/inflatable-boat-repair-kit-hypalon-w-valve-tool-gr/details/

 

http://northlandinflatables.co.nz/inflatable-boat-repair-kits/

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