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塑料皮划艇碰凹恢复

塑料皮划艇碰凹恢复

原文:http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/201 ... -for-jackson-kayak/

QUICK DENT FIX FOR JACKSON KAYAK!

Creek boating is great fun and an excellent way to explore the world around you with some of your best paddling friends!  It can be very physically & mentally challenging too!  Sometime the challenges can take a toll on our kayaks too when we crash!  But have no fear… the good news about owning an elite Jackson Kayak is the crosslink plastic has hull shape “memory” that can be repaired even after the most punishing hits that leave large dents in the bow or stern!


The fix for a dent in the bow or stern of your Jackson Kayak is quick & easy!  You don’t have to be a professional body shop mechanic or even use Bondo ;-)  All you need to fix the dent is a hammer (rubber hammer works best), a pole with a solid end or a wood dowel (pipe not recommended due to thin edge, which could cause damage), and a large pot of boiling water.


Step 1: Boil a pot of water on your stove or campfire


Step 2: Remove the foot brace system (Uni-Shock bulkhead plates pull off of track brace after removing the foam foot blocks and bungee buckle from the bungee cord) if the dent is in the bow of the boat OR float bags if the dent is in the stern of the boat.


Step 3: Place the boat hull up against a wall or tree with the dented bow or stern down on the ground.


Step 4: Pour the pot of boiling water into the boat.  Be careful not spill any of the water on you when doing this to prevent scalds/burns!


Step 5: Wait 45-90 seconds for the plastic to warm up.  You may notice that a smaller dent may pop out by itself in this time (if so skip to Step 7).


Step 6: If the dent is large you are going to have to give it some “persuasion” to go back to its original hull shape…  Place the pole or dowel down into the water against the dent area and lightly hit the pole with the hammer.  Usually after 3-5 hits the dent will start to go back into normal shape.  Keep an eye on the dent after every hit to make sure you don’t hammer the pole too much.


Step 7: Once the dent is knocked out, cool off the hot water by adding some cold water into the boat to allow you to dump the water out of the boat without being scald/burn.


Step 8: Dump the water out of the boat and reinstall your foot brace system.

You’re done and can now store your boat until your next creeking adventure!  When the plastic cools back down to the ambient temperature, the prior dented area will be like new and solid!  Safe times and good lines to your future kayaking adventures!!
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From time to time you might find yourself paddling downstream, minding your own business, charging a line which you thought would be cool and WHAM. You smash a rock going at full throttle. Luckily your boat takes the impact instead of your ankles. You can walk away unscathed but your boat has something of a dent in the bow. Actually you are being modest at ‘something of a dent’, it is actually a dent so big your fist easily fits in there and when people see your boat they feel compelled to comment on it to you. Don’t fear, all is not lost there is still a 90% chance you can get that pesky boat out of there with just a little bit of effort and elbow grease. Assuming it is not cracked, but thats a whole different article. Here are some easy steps to fix that dent,

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Step 1
Leave it in the sun and warm it. Sometimes that will be enough if you act quickly and the day is particularly warm the dent may well come out on its own without any more drastic action.

Step 2
hang your boat with the dent facing the floor. Use a tree or something else strong enough to take a significant amount of weight, always check with the structure owner first, especially if you are planning to use a sketchy looking old barn or similar. Tie it with something sturdy because you’re soon going to put a decent chunk of downward force onto your boat and you don’t want any accidents. Be sure to you strong rope, your throw bag to do the job.

Step 3
Remove the foot rests completely. In a Jackson boat this is actually very simple. First take out the foam foot blocks (don’t forget which side is which). then one side at a time, grab the plastic foot pedal by the top and bottom and wiggle it free from its plastic holder and slide it off. repeat the process with the other side. Don’t forget which side is which once you take them out.

Step 4
Heat a big pot of water, as much as possible I think around 10 litres is ideal. It doesn’t have to boil but it does have to get fairly warm.

Step 5
Find a big stick, long enough to reach to the end of the boat, strong enough to use to smash the dent out really hard but not so big that you cant fit it inside of your hanging boat.

Step 6
Add hot water to boat

Step 7
Smash dent with stick as hard as you can repeatedly until water goes cold or dent is removed.

Step 8
If your dent is still there, heat more water, empty the now cold water out and start over.

Assuming you are in a warmish country these steps should work of you and your boat should be all gone. If you are somewhere where it is very cold all of the time you may well have to apply all of the above steps whilst indoors.

Obviously it is better to avoid hitting rocks but sometimes accidents happen. Good luck out there

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