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

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Hey Wheels, 3+ years later, what's your long term verdict? Has it held up? They're still in business and prices look good. I'm gonna need to make a purchase in the next few weeks so sussing options.

 

I am in touch with the new owner of it and it is still in great shape. The only negative I have had is my knees always get in the way when I am rowing  ;-) 

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thanks for that Lateral. I have had exp. with isocyanate cross linkers b4 - nasty stuff. Made nonsense of carbon activated face masks in very short amount of time, and makes people sh*t faced unless they take serious protective steps.. 

 

However - excellent heat and water resistance, so kind of makes sense. What did you clean the surface down with to begin?

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thanks for that Lateral. I have had exp. with isocyanate cross linkers b4 - nasty stuff. Made nonsense of carbon activated face masks in very short amount of time, and makes people sh*t faced unless they take serious protective steps.. 

 

However - excellent heat and water resistance, so kind of makes sense. What did you clean the surface down with to begin?

Sorry can't remember. I have several organic solvents. It would be the one they recommended.

Probably MEK. Multiple clean rags. Wipe, then wipe off with virgin rag. don't reuse.

PVC gets tacky if too heavy handed.

Hardest thing was getting old glue off.

IIRCly

 

Pays to have a test run on a spare bit of PVC first.

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I am in touch with the new owner of it and it is still in great shape. The only negative I have had is my knees always get in the way when I am rowing  ;-)

 

Thanks Wheels. Good to hear.

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I am in touch with the new owner of it and it is still in great shape. The only negative I have had is my knees always get in the way when I am rowing  ;-)

 

I thought a craftsman never blames his tools!

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I have a aqua pro, probably 15+ years old,  have taken it from boat to boat,  lives outside on a dinghy rack uncovered,  finally admitted it needed some love last xmas and got it retubed, 3rd the cost of replacing and hopefully will see another 10 years out of it with the same abuse.  best thing is it takes the entire family and supplies in a single trip an keeps my arse dry in a bit of a chop

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