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Just wondering if anyone know a good way of repairing a coleman canoe. The hole is at the bottom of the stern. I usually use this canoe for running the Bartholomew river in May each year (it's 25 years old now). We put a two inch long hole in it this year. If your fimiliar with this river you know there is a lot of dragging over the rocks, especially this year. The lowest I have ever seen the water.
 

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Just wondering if anyone know a good way of repairing a coleman canoe. The hole is at the bottom of the stern. I usually use this canoe for running the Bartholomew river in May each year (it's 25 years old now). We put a two inch long hole in it this year. If your fimiliar with this river you know there is a lot of dragging over the rocks, especially this year. The lowest I have ever seen the water.
I repaired mine using a torch and HDPE rod (High Density Polyethylene). This material is used to fuse pond liners and containment cells in landfills. Black plastic, same texture as ABS.

You can buy a Coleman mix repair kit, but the stuff has a shelf life and is tough to find.

I melt the rod and sauder it to the crack, going over back and forth with the material, making sure to ''cake it'' on both sides of the hull, in order to create a ''sandwich'' type patch.

Good luck.
 

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Will fibreglass matt/resin adhere to a Coleman?Dad's scanoe has a 4" long hole worn through the keel at the stern and leaks like a siv.I was planning to try some FG that I have lying around?If not,what about filling the keel with tiger hair FG....I have some of that too?
 

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Will fibreglass matt/resin adhere to a Coleman?Dad's scanoe has a 4" long hole worn through the keel at the stern and leaks like a siv.I was planning to try some FG that I have lying around?If not,what about filling the keel with tiger hair FG....I have some of that too?
I tried fiberglass Auto longthread, didnt work. See coleman are not fiberglass and are very flexible are poped off 2 hrs later going down the river. Now the other methods I have heard some people it works for and some not. I also read about using some kind of plastic that auto guys use for thoes plastic bumbers, my understanding was to drill several holes accross from each other and tie the hole together with some sort of light wire kind of lock it in. Then to cover the hole with a polyurathane glue aon both sides and take this plastic on each side of the canoe and sandwhich the hole, put several rivits and coat again with polyurathane.

The other is like what several others said melting some sort of plastic into the hole, I think they call this plastic welding.

My canoe is down there (NB) and I live in Ontario (I use it once a year) so I need to be sure that I choose right cause I will only get one shot a day before I use it again.
 

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take one of the bulkheads out and replace it with a piece of plywood--then fashion a patch from that piece of plastic --then g-flex--it stays flexible and is the only one i know that will bond to polyethylene--this is from pelican who bought the rights to make coleman canoes
 

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this is a hard problem for a permenant fix. for a quick day of fishing, think tape...! R*d Gr**n would smile just thinking about it, but it would work. even the M*th B*sters showed it that it worked. good duct tape is okay, the armed forces green water resistant tape is much better, and the plumbers metalic works better too. the last 2 have a much better glue that holds up well to water while the metalic takes a bit more abuse. think probable fixes needed on your patch, so take spare tape with you. also test any tape you are going to use - not all of it will take water and most need to be applied to a dry surface.

hmmm, would an inflatable boat rub bumper piece work? there is a place on line that sells repair and upgrade kits for inflatables. these rub bumpers are designed to be added to give protection from rocks and docks. made of a flexable material, they offer several glues. maybe this would work and help protect this obviously vulnerable area. just a thought.
 
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