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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:04 pm 
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I am hoping someone would have some advise on how to repair my 2002 Getaway that has incurred some hull damage. The Hobie was knocked off its lift during a storm and I had mistakenly left the rudders down and locked into place. The port rudder must have hit bottom or a rock and pushed the port rudder and pintle up and out causing a breach in the hull at the bottom pintle. It is not a large damaged area (only about 3"x3") but the roto-molded plastic is damaged and the hull will take on water. I have tried various plastic cements to no avail.

Any suggestions would be appreciated on how to fix this OR if someone knows of anyone with a spare port hull or Getaway of that era (2002) looking to part out.

I would include pictures to this post but I honestly cannot figure out how to do that : (

No Sailing Sadness in Port Clinton, Ohio.

John, Port Clinton, OH
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:53 pm 
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Perhaps...

A backing plate can add strength and a way to seal from the inside. You would have to remove the molded-in structure that the screws attach to.

It would require the installation of an inspection port on the aft deck.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:17 pm 
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Matt's suggested repair will likely work. The rudders are important and there's a lot of pressure at speed on that attachment...but I'd still try a plastic weld before cutting new holes in the hulls. Be nice if there was anyone experienced local to you; otherwise you gotta become an instant expert.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:05 am 
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The Getaway is made of cross-linked polyethylene which can not typically be welded due to its molecular composition. Molecules of this plastic have all or most all linked. Only unlinked molecules can be welded.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:18 am 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tgK_lHWXIE

I have no connection to this company, but their video is specific to repair of cross linked PE. Truthfully, I don't know how well/poorly this would work on a part that is subject to vibration like you get at the rudders.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:26 pm 
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That company makes the KC welder pro and has all kinds of welders. This could close up a crack it seems.

I get the idea now... it makes a mechanical bond as the cross-link material does not melt. You grind out, rough the surface and then melt in a filler material. Not sure about surfaces that get stress... their water tank examples don't have the fatigue loads, but they did fill tanks with water, so does seem to hold a load.

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