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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » repairing a torn float tube cover

repairing a torn float tube cover

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1repairing a torn float tube cover Empty repairing a torn float tube cover on Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:37 pm

buckyne


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I over inflated and ended up tearing the cover on my kennebec tube in a couple places. The Bladder that is the back rest split the seam in two places. And I somehow managed to tear through the pocket that holds the crossbar at the front of the tube.

I bought some ripstop nylon fabric and am going to try and sew things back up. Wondering if I should also use some kind of glue or epoxy to hold the fabric together. The fabric I could find is not nearly as thick as the cover. I am thinking this is a band aid and will only get me by for a while. I am thinking I will have to replace my tube eventually.

Anyone have any luck making permanent or nearly permanent repairs to their tubes?

Thanks
confused

2repairing a torn float tube cover Empty Re: repairing a torn float tube cover on Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:49 pm

jeffcpr

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My wife repaired my Kennebec for me when the pocket for the crossbar tore out. This is I feel a common problem for this type of tube. I will say that it did hold pretty good, but it really was just a band aid. She used bias tape you can get it from any Joann's Craft store. As for the pocket on the inside I also had that happen to I ended up cutting out there rest of the tare (or zipper) to create one big pocket. I then used both bladders to feel the back rest, seemed to be a good way to fix this, but I never got it back on the water to test it out.
Hope that helps some and good luck if you are having issues, I am sure my wife could sew the pockets for you. This is her job right now so there would be some cost but not to much course I would have to ask first. Embarassed


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3repairing a torn float tube cover Empty Re: repairing a torn float tube cover on Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:59 pm

kg562

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a friend of mines tore the back part of his tube but used 60 lb braid line and sewed it back, works just as good as new now lol!

4repairing a torn float tube cover Empty Re: repairing a torn float tube cover on Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:36 am

ed5000x

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It not to old take a picture send to classic accessories and the send you new tube

5repairing a torn float tube cover Empty Re: repairing a torn float tube cover on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:21 pm

buckyne


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So I got a classic response from classic accessories to my inquiry on a replacement floattube cover.

Q: I have a Kennebec float tube that has ripped out the pocket that holds the front spacing bar. Wondering/ how if I can get a replacement or the part to try and repair the float tube cover?

Thanks
Chad

A: Thank you for your email. You can follow the link below to find a new apron, but as far as repairing the outer shell, you would probably have to visit an upholstery shop or a dry cleaner that repairs fabric:

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Kris


The link did not even go to the part I need. In fact I can't find a replacement cover at all on that website. I have a sewing machine in our basement and I guess I will macgyver it for now.

thanks to all for the suggestions. Kind of disappointed in the response from the manufacturer but I guess I shouldn't be.


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