In a previous post, we discussed what we believe to be some of the best inflatable fishing boats on the market. One of the many reasons we believe these boats made this list is because they are made up of durable materials.
However, just because it is made of durable material doesn’t mean you will never experience any punctures.
For that reason, in this post I will a simple way to find and repair air leaks in your inflatable boat.
The method we will discuss is simply a patch repair. We are going to literally put a patch over the leak.
Materials you will need:
A sponge with soapy water
Repair kit designed for designed for inflatable boats such as the Tear-Aid Repair Type B Vinyl Kit.
A pair of scissors
10 easy steps for repairing an inflatable fishing boat.
Please keep in mind that the following steps also can be used to repair your inflatable fishing paddle boat (SUP).
- Begin by inflating your boat.
- Once your boat is completely inflated. Apply the soapy water to the area you believe the air is leaking out. You will begin to see bubbles forming. Congratulations you have found the air leak. Now it is time to repair the leak.
- After you have located the leak. Use a dry towel to completely dry off the area. This is an important step, if the area is not completely dry the adhesive will not stick properly.
- Deflate the boat. This will make it much easier to apply the patch and give you a flat surface to work with.
- Next, open your repair kit. Inside your repair kit you should find some patches. Cut out a patch that is going to cover the leak.
- Apply adhesive to both the area of the leak on the boat and the patch.
- Use a hairdryer to heat up the adhesive. This will create a much better bond between the patch and the boat.
- Place the patch firmly over the leak. Rub out any air bubbles and allow to dry.
- After you have allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours you can inflate your boat.
- Lastly before heading back out on the water take a few minutes to listen and look for any more leaks. The last thing you want to happen is to get out on the water only to find out the patch didn’t take.
If you would like to see these steps in action, check out the following video.
There you have it 10 easy steps on how to repair an inflatable fishing boat.