> I have an Aquaterra Sealion .... The bulkhead is no longer
> watertight, ...
> Michael Embree
They all do that.
What I've done with mine is to:
1) remove the leaky bulkhead,
2) clean it and the mating surface,
3) put new marine caulk on boat mating surface,
4) slide bulkhead back in place,
5) and caulk around the edges of bulkhead.
It takes a day or so for the caulk to dry, depending on the brand.
I tried using the boat with uncured caulk and the caulk disolved.
I found the front bulkhead was hard to reach, but the back one
I also found that if I sit on the boat or otherwise flex the bulkhead
it develops leaks faster. Good luck.
My advice is get airbags as double insurance against losing the
boat and your life in the event the bulkheads go while on open
water. It happened to my wife in a plastic sea kayak. She
didn't die but it was a real scare.
ralph diaz/folding kayaker newsletter
PO Box 0754
new york, ny 10024
"It's in the bag"
>Regarding leaking bulkheads on plastic kayaks, there is nothing
>you can do that will hold for long. No manufacturer, I repeat,
>no manufacturer has come up with a fail-safe set of bulkheads for
>a plastic kayak. Nothing adheres for long to the surface, and
>the flex in the boats from such actions as dragging them over
>logs or tightening them down on roof racks, all tend to make the
>hull flex away from the bulkhead and break the seal.
Ralph is certainly correct about plastic boats and bulkhead integrity.
some manufacturers' attempts last longe than others, but the result is the
same. Always be wary of a used plastic boat and add float bags. Remember,
air bags will come out of boat immediately unless tied in.
Review the fatalities of last few years and note how many are plastic
boats and then read CG report to see how many had decks awash. Food for
thought if you are going to entrust your life to one of these.
I think I'd prefer to look at something else.
There is a telephone number on the tube. It says Sashco 800 767 5656.
Craig Lund cl...@mc.com
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