The 10-year old oxford type pack cloth nylon sprayskirt that came with my Feathercraft kayak has long been a favorite that fits several of my boats (simple design, snug fit, comfortable tunnel and stretch suspenders). But last Summer it became obvious that the waterproof coating had given up the ghost – I use a Greenland paddle (hence lots of dripping) and the deck soaked through almost immediately the first time I used it. I’ve got several other skirts but none I like as well as that one for fit. Since Feathercraft went out of business last year I can’t get another one exactly like it.
I’m seeking recommendations for restoring waterproof coating. Is there a paint-on product any of you have found that works well and stays flexible? I’ve sealed tent and garment seams and patched weak spots in skin kayaks but never coated any large areas.
I did consider lining the underside of the deck with 3 oz. solid vinyl adhered with vinyl glue and reinforced with a line of stitching around the perimeter (with Aquaseal or H-66 glue over the stitching line to seal that.) But I worry that moisture would seep through the top fabric and be trapped against the vinyl, causing adhesive failure. Plus it would add weight and bulk.
Another possibility would be to cut out the deck fabric and use it for a template to replace the failed material with new coated nylon oxford cloth or even GoreTex sewn to the coaming edge and tunnel. I picked up several yards of rugged military surplus GoreTex a while back that could be used for this.
Open to suggestions.