DIY inflatable packraft kit from Iron Raft

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  • The makers advised that I buy an airtight zip from them, so that I could fit it and get access to the inside. I did that and used two tubes of sealant on the inside seams. It was impossible to get to the very front, so I made a small hole, used sealant, and then patched it with a spare piece of fabric. It's definitely leaking much more slowly, but it still goes limp after a minute or so. This project has not been as straightforward as I hoped!

  • Current state.


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  • Would paddle!

  • I hope you're a strong swimmer.

  • This is a great thread because it's not happening to me but it could have.

    What are your next steps? It's sort of like setting up tubeless tyres but not. Could you fill it with orange endurance and spin it around?

  • A few people have mentioned tubeless sealant, with tongues in cheeks to varying degrees. Problem is that it's sticky, so when you deflate the boat it'd glue itself to itself. I could do more sealant. Or I could just buy a boat. I imagine I've put £350 into this so far but at some point you need to give up, right?

  • Depends how stubborn you are. I mean if you give up what are you going to do with it? La poubelle?

  • I could do more sealant. Or I could just buy a boat. I imagine I've put £350 into this so far but at some point you need to give up, right?

    I've enjoyed reading this thread and it is a pity how it has worked out. However, given that your life depends on the boat being seaworthy, I would put it down to experience and buy a boat with a warranty.

  • Submerge it in a bath bit by bit and find a waterproof pen to circle all the holes? It can't be a fundamentally duff product (can it?) so it must be fixable, maybe by reironing every seam a little hotter?

  • You've probably tried it, but soapy water is amazing for finding leaks. Good squirt of fairy in a bidon, fill with water and drip it over all the seams. Should start blowing bubbles where you have leaks.

  • Consensus is keep trying! We need you to make the mistakes we don't want to make!

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