This is an instructable describing a really easy and cheap way of effectively repairing cracks in your kayak or canoe, using nothing more than a drill, cloth tape and a hair dryer.
I was given a kayak but it had six cracks in the hull and would eventually take on lots of water.
I had two options: scrap it or repair it. It didn't cost me anything, so I thought I'd try to repair it.
Is it possible to make a permanent repair using a drill, cloth tape and a hair dryer? Yes - it really does work!
I've made a few river trips in my repaired kayak and there are no leaks.
Step 1: Materials needed
You will need:
- A drill with a very fine drill-bit
- A reel of fabric tape - this is also known as duct tape, cloth tape or gaffer tape. It's a flexible self-adhesive tape reinforced with a cloth mesh. It's quite cheap and easily available.
- A hair dryer or hot air gun.
- A marker pen
It takes about 20 minutes to repair a crack.