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fixing wear and tear in polyethylene kayak

PostPosted:Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:10 am
by Crusader
Guys, is it possible to fix or improve situation on picture below and how? This is the bow of my kayak (Maliby Stealth 14') that spot is so thing now that you press with your finger and it gives way a bit. I call it "some oyster rash"... :)

Re: fixing wear and tear in polyethylene kayak

PostPosted:Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:14 am
by Jeaux
Were you able to repair?

Re: fixing wear and tear in polyethylene kayak

PostPosted:Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:52 pm
by JaimeInTexas
Put KeelEazy, or equivalent, on the outside.

Edit: skid plate is the term I was trying to remember.

Google: kayak skid plate kit


Edit #2: Might also apply material inside, also, if outside not enough for you peace of mind.

Re: fixing wear and tear in polyethylene kayak

PostPosted:Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:28 pm
by Crusader
Jeaux wrote:Were you able to repair?

I approached it from the different angle -- bought Pescador Sport 12' off craigslist. It is 5 times easier to paddle and has only two parts to deal with -- yak and paddle. It also trivially fits my truck bed. My launch time went down to 5 mins. I am using old yak now only if I take friend with me.

Spoke to Malibu representative -- he suggested to get few sticks of plastic from them and weld them inside and on outside of worn out area. I might do it someday...

Re: fixing wear and tear in polyethylene kayak

PostPosted:Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:35 pm
by MobyYack
red hot spackle knife pressing polyethylene against kayak hull

Re: fixing wear and tear in polyethylene kayak

PostPosted:Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:02 am
by kickingback
Watched a video on YouTube of a guy doing this same thing. He used plastic from a milk carton as well and it worked! Take your time if you do weld it to be able to sell it later.