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JimW

Hull scatches

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I seem to remember the suggestion that if you went over a lightly scratched surface of polyetheline with a propane torch, again lightly, it would smooth it out. You obviously can't do this to a Baggie but there should be enough mass in a yak hull to prevent it from heating too quickly.

Try it and let us know.

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if you have access to a long extension cord, a heat gun (used to heat electrical shrink wrap) works wonders and is a little more safe with a less intense heat presentation. just my HO.

 

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I've done major and minor repairs with a torch. There's definitely a learning curve. For superficial scratches you just 'brush it across. MAKE SURE you don't hold it over and plastic for more than a second at a time.

 

Ocean Kayak's web site has a section on repairs, but they use a heat gun (much safer).

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It really is just a cosmetic issue. Most of your scratches run fore and aft have little effect on speed. I have seen more negative effects than good from folks trying to fix them. Consider them merit badges, you are putting your yak to good use.

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The use of of the two words "heat and plastic" in the same sentence coming out of my mouth should be considered dangerous. I'll pass on flames, a heatgun on the other hand could be a good thing. I'm sure we've all burnt a piece of plastic at one time or another in our lives..and you know when it drips on your hand cause you aren't paying attention and it hurts like heck...well a kayak, it's bigger than that.

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I saved up all the plastic that i cut when i stalled my hatches. Is there a way i can fuse it into any large scratches i may get? Its a cobra explorer by the way

 

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We could go off into a long brain numbing discussion abvout laminar versus turbulent flow but in the end I would side with Beagle. The scatches that run lengthwise definitely slow you down but it would be hard to measure how much. I bought my Explorer to fish and it does that as well now as before it fell off the roof of my truck on rt 80 at 70mph.

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Scratches, smatches. smile.gif My Explorer is not pretty, and it's only a few months old. Sure, I clean and wash it from time to time, but I keep it out on my patio, and lower it off the second floor of my apartment bldg everytime I go fishing. Scratches on the bottom of the hull enough to think they were designed to be there. icon15.gif So long as it floats, it'll fish. icon14.gif

 

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I have another post on this under the title "what happens when.." In any event the kayak has a few black marks and a few scratches. I have had it out fishing three times since. My SUV is having its hatch replaced as I write this. I'm hoping for sonmething less than $2500.

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