Seam Repair

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  1. bajacamp

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    I have a Sea Eagle Pack Fish its like a sit in float tube with oars....As the picture shows the seam has separated so need to repair it. So seeking info on how to fix it. I do appreciate your insight ....Thanks much..... IMG_20210410_181331745.jpg .
     
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    Curved upholstery needle strong tread . seam tape and seam sealer after . Is the white in the broken area a bladder or just the inside of the tube . If it has a removable bladder you may be able to get it with a ZigZag sewing machine . Just a thought
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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DZDCNS/?tag=sd07e-20 assume your bladder is vinyl. But I would stitch over it like WR suggested 1st and then coat over that with Shoe Goo or McNett Seam Grip before applying the tape (belt and suspenders approach). Lots of stitches too. Don't over inflate and absolutely do not leave in the sun out of the water while inflated, not even for a short while.

    Nice trick to getting Shoe Goo to dry smooth: use an ice cube to smooth out. Haven't tried it with other cements. The Goop products offered by the same company as Shoe Goo work about the same.
     
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    Thanks WR...... the white is the bladder
     
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    Also thanks for the great info....
     
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    As previously mentioned use a curved needle to sew the tear. Then smear Shoe Goop on the inside of the stitching, then use a a patch of heavy duty duct tape on the inside over the stitching smeared with Shoe Goop. Let dry and replace bladder.
     
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    In every thread that's packed with good information, there's always one comment from a lazy dumbass...seeing none, here goes.....
    My first tube got a 3 inch tear in the fabric caused by a mishap involving an oyster shell and some riprap.
    Was gonna sew it up proper when I got a chance.......
    Temporary fix: got a piece of soft plastic (coffee can lid) and cut out a 'boot' to put inside, to keep the vinyl bladder from bulging out of the tear...and protect the bladder from being poked by something through the tear.
    It won't work as well on a section of the tube with a complex curve. But it's a fix that'll keep you fishing if you're on vacation somewhere. Or if the seam split as you were unloading at a fishing spot. If you could deflate the bladder just enough to slide the boot (layered duct tape? piece of rubber car floormat?) into place and re-inflate. Might take a half-hour but you could still fish that day.
     
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