I was given a Kevlar Isere by my uncle several years ago, and I love it. I got the wild idea to use it as a sled one winter, but that ended in failure, as Kevlar gets brittle when it gets cold. Now, the hull and the deck have a little bit of damage needing repaired before I can go use it again.
Repairing the cracks wouldn’t be bad, if I could gain access to the tight tip of the bow, but I can’t. I’m wondering if anyone knows if and how the deck can be split off from the hull, then reattached easily. Would it be possible to just cut it carefully with a die grinder, then glue it all back together afterwards?
If there are any other suggestions on how to fix this, I’m all ears. I really want to get back out on the rivers, and I miss my boat.
Now there is a name form my distant past! I used to sell Phoenix boats in the late '70s.
If you are not familiar with FG repair, then you DO NOT want to attempt to de-seam and re-seam a kayak. Seaming a boat is an obnoxious job for even a person having experience.
Do your repairs from teh outside if you cannot reach the interior. It is not necessary to use Kevlar to repair small cracks and splits. My advice is to use West epoxy as it will offer a better bond to the poly or vinyl ester resin used in the hull. Depending on the extent of damage, you might be able to get by with a West repair kit, containing all materials needed. These are available from West Marine or McMaster-Carr Supply.
Or contact Sweet Composites (Google it) for materials, manuals and advice on repairs.
Thanks for the tips.
It has been a while since I’ve looked the boat over, so I’m not positive on what extent of damage there is. However, would you say that it wouldn’t be too critical to have a little bit of a “glob” on the bow, should it be necessary to patch up there? Don’t get me wrong; I’m aware that the boat will never handle the same again. I’m just worried about a strong drag to one side or the other.