My Wife says I’m bragging But I’m just happy to share this info with everyone…ENJOY!
When I started looking for a kayak…Same as all the other dummy’s I searched by price or bought random kayaks at Flea Markets & Yard Sales for $30-$50 None of them ever were right for me.
So, I saved up a little more money and it turned out Everyone wanted almost what the kayak’s original value was before they beat the heck out of it.
I put an ad on Craigslist and FB Marketplace titled
“FREE KAYAKS ~ WANTED ~ WANTED ~ WANTED”
It said if people had a broken, leaky, unused, unwanted, unloved kayak laying around taking up space, I’ll come pick it up but be fair because I still have to fix it or dispose of it.
In the past couple months I’ve gotten everything from tiny Pelican Burst SE up to beautiful Hurricane Phoenix 160 and everything in between for pennies on the dollar. I’m talking about 2,3 or 4 kayaks at a time and some are like new!
I’ve gone through about 30 kayaks in the past couple months.
I’ve been repairing kayaks (CORRECTLY) for many years is why I asked for BROKEN/LEAKY kayaks
These are my simple rules for repairing kayaks
- FIX PLASTIC WITH PLASTIC (Use the same type!) Not bondo, epoxy, fiberglass JB Weld…etc.
- HOT PLASTIC STICKS TO HOT PLASTIC (Both surfaces must be hot to bond)
- TEST YOUR PATCH!
TIPS: Best plastic for kayaks is LITTLE TIKES or PLAYSCHOOL play sets or furniture
(They come in so many colors!)
Buy a Weller wood burning kit with the flat iron in it.
DO NOT BUY THE HARBOR FREIGHT WELDING KIT) It comes with the wrong plastic for
kayaks and will break if you press too hard AND YOU WILL!
NOTE: After I test for leaks I’ll melt Aluminum window screen onto the patch and coat it with another layer of plastic OVERKILL I know but it’s stronger than the original and Especially a good idea on keel repairs.
Here is a video on my latest kayaks It doesn’t show all of them because a lot of them are quick flips.
Thanks for reading my post(s) And/Or watching my videos.
Manuel Z (AKA: PHARTATTACK)