North Wales Kayak Fishing

Fixing holes in kayaks is not as difficult as many people think

There is many reasons why we may need to fill a hole maybe we have moved a bracket and need to fill the old holes to make the kayak watertight again.

Or maybe a second user kayak needs a few old drill holes filled

 

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Above you can see the tools required a sharp cutting blade a craft knife a piece of waste plastic and some sort of heat i.e. small blow lamp or candle

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You can get a small piece of plastic to match your kayak by trimming a small piece from inside the hatch but don’t go mad just trim enough to do the job

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Firstly here are 2 drill holes I made for the job. They are typical of the sort of holes we find when a bracket has been moved

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The small piece of plastic is heated in this case I use a small blow lamp but a candle will do the job

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When the plastic is just about to become drippy press it in to the hole using the hobby knife.

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As you can see with these 2 filled holes allow more plastic than you need to fill the holes you need to make a small amount of overfill in the holes

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After allowing 5 mins to completely cool Using the sharp cutting blade cut of the excess plastic flush as possible with the surrounding area

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This photo shows the 2 holes now filled and watertight the slight difference in colour is because I used 2 different shades of yellow plastic so you could see the filled holes

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Lastly using the small blow lamp for about 10 seconds I gently heat the area surrounding and hole to seal any loose bits from my trimming