A couple weeks ago I took time out from other projects to do some quick maintenance on a few a my kayaks. I had a broken back band, worn out gasket and a big ding to deal with. The video is below.
Probably of most interest to people is dealing with the beat up bottom of my Petrel Play SG. This boat has a single layer of glass on the bottom, doubled up only on the keel line. I take this boat to play in rock gardens where the surge sometimes drops me hard on pointy rocks.
In this video I fix a couple spots where the glass is sliced through. The keel line also has substantial abrasion. The glass has been removed for about 6 inches do to wear and tear. It has been this way for about a year.
You can also see the scar of a previous repair where I hit the boat hard enough on a rock to blow-out a patch of wood on the inside, sufficient so I could see a dimeisized spot of light when I looked inside and there was a nickel-sized patch of plywood that had been blown-out.
Interestingly, the boat was not leaking. I paddled it for over a year with the damage and the hatch stayed dry. The single layer of damaged fiberglass was still sufficient to keep the water out.
To fix that damage I just sanded a patch on the inside, applied a circle of fiberglass, and filled the outer damage with epoxy thickened with cabosil.