Category Archives: Gluing and repairs

Repairing a Gumotex Seawave

The other day, while lashing the Gumotex drybag backpack to a chopped-down trolley I foolishly wore two holes in my Seawave ;-(( Pumping away like a donkey on Limehouse jetty (above), I assumed the non-standard PRV was playing up; probably a grain … Continue reading

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Alternative to D-rings for IKs

Michael S from BC came up with a good idea for securing stuff, seats or thigh straps to the floor of your IK without resorting to gluing on expensive D-rings – something that takes application and the right glue to … Continue reading

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IK autopsy

Performing my cutting-a-kayak-in-half trick gave me a long overdue chance to see exactly how they’re put together, as well as other stuff, like why it was failing and how well certain glues stuck. The neoprene inside I used to assume … Continue reading

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Semperit Mori

A couple of days after trying out the Semperit I noticed a scratch on the hull bottom (left) so decided to pre-emptively patch that with Bostik 1782 (less faff than 2-part). It looked like an old scratch which had opened … Continue reading

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Semperit Forelle 2; afternoon refurb’

Here in the Summer Isles the reliable May  sunny spell  is about to end – great for solar panels, but strong afternoon easterlies not so good for day-long IK-ing. Suilven mountain even caught fire. Yesterday, before it picked up we nipped … Continue reading

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Adding latex socks to Kokatat Dry Pants

A few years ago I wrote: … I deliberately chose [these Kokatat Swift] dry trousers with no sewn-in socks as my drysuit has those. With the Swifts … I’ll just wear short Seal Skins and have no worries about the sewn-in socks … Continue reading

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Packraft sump guard

Why a butt and heel patch can be a good idea for your packraft on shallow rivers. Still taken from this video in Greenland. More on my Yak’s set-up here.

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Modifications to my Gumotex Seawave

Seawave main page Grappling to get the boat out of the muddy Medway river at Yalding the other day put a light scrape on the hull. It reminded me that, along with the PRVs, another winter job was to fit a protective strake under … Continue reading

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Fitting 4.8 psi PRVs on a Gumotex Seawave

Seawave main page General article covering PRVs Updated February 2018 – see Adam’s comment below My current Gumotex Seawave is a well spec’d IK for my sort of inshore paddling and occasional touring, especially as it’s factory rated to run at a higher-than-usual 0.25bar … Continue reading

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