Jerdon had mentioned; in his response, that he had sewn his tube back together ... well I'm not lazy nor am I good at sewing,
I'd rather have a professional seamstress machine-sew my FT back together.
I'm certain that they know what they are doing better than I would.
Thank you once again Jerdon for sharing your idea of sewing it back together. Just simply brilliant!
So yesterday at 4:00 PM, I dropped off my FT at my local dry cleaners in San Pedro where they do alterations as well dry cleaning.
I had negotiated their price down from $70 to $50. Down to just the a mere tank of gasoline.
They did a nice, clean, tight double-stitch on the inside seams all-around the 6" and 10" circled cloth hemispherical seams, on both of the baffle's ends.
Today I actually picked up my repaired FT at 4:00 PM. WOW! A mere 24-hrs.
Here's the end (Ha ha ha! Pun intended!
) results: So ... here's the reassembled after pic's,[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
And a pic of how I store my partially deflated float tubes, always on cloth towels and away from the sun light. I can easily push the skin in 3".
I also regularly check the air pressure daily and bleed the psi down if needed.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
I even went as far as to remove the Styrofoam seat and back rest from their pockets and cleaned in there as well.
I was really surprised of the amount of sandy, gritty stuff that collected up in there. I also discovered that the Styrofoam seat
remains constantly wet and it builds up a greenish tinge that is slightly smelly.
So I also cleaned the inside of the seat pocket and the Styrofoam seat cushion as well. YUCK!!
What is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I"m expecting my FT from CA next week. WTG CA!
I received an email from CA just now notifying me that my package has been shipped. WaaHoo!!!!
SP Dan <"))><