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Inflatable dinghy service life

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by dave_and_dd, Apr 16, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. dave_and_dd


    Joined Apr 13, 2015
    71 posts, 12 likes
    Catalina 309
    US Tampa
    Hey guys, I have a 2005 inflatable I'd like to get rid of (I've never used in the 3 years I've had my sailboat).

    It holds air for months at a time without leaking. I decided to sell it, and was verifying it all seemed to function this weekend and realized the floor leaks a bit. It has a wood floor with an inflatable "keel" to give the cloth hull a V shape.

    so there's a number of spots where the vinyl (or whatever it is) is either scratched or worn a bit and cloth weave is showing and leaking a bit (not a lot, but it isn't dry).

    Is that kind of thing easy or even worth it to fix? i don't want to sell this to someone if it's really just trash?

    I'll take some pics and post if that helps....

    thanks for any insight...Dave

  2. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    4,562 posts, 1,349 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @dave_and_dd Maybe you could try that "FlexSeal" they show on TV. Do the bottom. They have it in colors. Maybe it would stop any leaks.

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  3. dlochner


    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    1,769 posts, 582 likes
    Sabre 362
    US Fair Haven, NY
    If the dingy is hypalon, then it may be salvageable. If it is PVC, not so much. Regardless of whether it is PVC or Hypalon, the fabric condition will have a large effect on its value.

  4. Gunni


    Joined Mar 16, 2010
    4,841 posts, 827 likes
    Beneteau 411 Oceanis
    US Annapolis
    Take the boat to one of your local inflatable boat repair shops and have them evaluate it for you. There are ways to bring an inflatable boat back to good working condition, inside and out. It will help you set your sale price.

  5. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,540 posts, 652 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Yeah.... then shoot it with a cannon and seal it back up again. :laugh::laugh::laugh:

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  6. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,527 posts, 407 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Yeah-I just had my 2000 Achilles 8'6" Hypalon inflatable refurbished @ Inflatable Boat Specialists of Ventura last July for repair of annoying slow leaks in the floor and one tube, the installation of new valves, plus an another thing or two; $770. It's good for another 17 years, likely. BUT-it does not sit "inflated" out in the weather for many weeks to months on end when not in use. It gets deflated, rolled up, and stowed when not being used at intervals longer than a month, and even that is usually stretching it. Nevertheless, full dinghy refurbishment at a shop costs too much--$$ labor. Ironically, though, I'll soon be getting a new 9'6" OceanAir inflatable rib w/aluminum hull. I await its arrival from Nanaimo, B.C. as I sit here chatting w/you folks. I'll then be the "proud" owner of three (3) dinghies, the third one being a ("vintage" = old) hard-shell Sea Swan built in Swansea, MA.

    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
  7. capta


    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    2,241 posts, 486 likes
    Pearson 530
    XX where ever we are anchored
    I think I'd just put it on the market 'as-is' so someone without the funds for a perfect dink can fix it up. Win-win all around.

  8. Ken13559


    Joined Oct 29, 2005
    1,855 posts, 56 likes
    Hunter 326
    SG Singapore
    my wm PVC dinghy is now 10yrs old and still in very good condition. At 5th got its transom corner joint re-glued. At 10yr I did the same re-glue myself using HH-66. It's still great. Of course
    I use the dinghy couple times a year. Most time its in storage.

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