The Boat shed was completed in Oct 2008, it is 48' by 22' and can hold most of the boats at a squeeze.
Our first maintenance project is to sand down and paint the interior of the YM dayboat, it has been in the shed for three weeks so should be dry enough to start work, it is planned to use this boat in the Ballycroy St Patrick's day Parade.
Our second project is to repair John Leneghan's GP 14, there is a 4" gash on the right side bow, the air temp is too low at the moment to use fibreglass but the hull can be prepared (15 deg cel needed for fibreglass)
Project number three is the bonding problem between the hull and deck of the Lasers, all of them have separated and we need to come up with a solution, possibly a combination of fibreglass & pop rivets
Other projects are
The purpose of this page is to let you know how we carry out the repairs, none of us are professionals but perhaps by detailing the methods/procedures we use, we may be of assistance to others or may even highlight where we are going wrong and you may put us back on the right track
Repair leak on inflatable Dinghy
Note: Don,t waste your time and money taking an inflatable boat to a tyre repair shop, the glue used for car tyre repairs is not suitable. We know this from bitter experience, watching the patches fly up in the air at night in a f6 near Collanmore Island Clew Bay.
Materials & equipment
Bucket/basin soapy water,stick of chalk, soft paint brush, dry cloths, wet & dry sandpaper, patches (from repair kit, bicycle repair kit or cut out sections of bicycle wheel tube) glue (from repair kit or super glue)
Inflate tubes and brush on soapy water, the air bubbles will indentify puncture
Dry area with cloth
Draw wide circle around puncture with chalk, number puncture as 1
Repeat procedure to locate all punctures.
Ensure area is dry
Lightly abrade area around puncture to help glue stick
Coat with moderate layer of glue
Leave exposed for about a minute until coating becomes tacky(but not dry)
Apply patch, making sure that it is dry and clean (no oil or grease of any form)
Hold patch in place for approx 1 min, just think that you are excluding all the air from between the patch and the skin of the tube
Wipe off surplus glue from around the patch
Repeat procedure for all patches
The glue must have cured before tubes are inflated, this can be hours or minutes depending on the glue. I would often go for lunch or other break for an hour or so and come back to the inflatable and partially inflate it.
This would allow you assess how the patch is working and if you applied it at the right angle
If it is not quite right you make be lucky and get away with some extra glue in the right place or may decide to remove it and start again (it's your life)
Massage the patch when you think it has cured, it should feel like a second skin on the inflatable
When satisfied, pump tubes to full pressure.
Using soapy water and brush, check for leaks around patch just to make sure.(If air is leaking from patch, remove it and start whole process again. You can ask yourself what have you learned from your mistake!)
A Sailor should think of his inflatable as a pilot thinks of his parachute!
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We have boats to suit all ages & experience, we can combine sailing/powerboating with history lessons, old tales, island camping with some survival training and fishing to give you a real outdoors experience at a level you are comfortable with! You chose what you want!
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To name a few things you can do. If you would like to know more just contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 00 353 87 657 9348
William Maxwell’s account of the sea passage from Mulranny to Croy lodge via Bellacragher Bay in 1816
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