Repairs

Here at Waves Overseas we offer a full repair service centre for all brands of inflatable boats. We've been in the business of repairing inflatable boats for over 50 years and that’s longer than anyone else in the Australian marine industry. Our expertise and knowledge is extensive through our association with organisations like the NSW Police, NSW Fisheries, Surf Life Saving Australia, Yellow Water Taxis and the Australian Navy. We are also proud to be the trusted NSW warranty service agents for the biggest brand names in the business like Zodiac, Mercury Marine and Nordik inflatables.

Getting your boat repaired at Waves is really easy! Just drop in or ship it to us and we’ll do the rest. Don’t panic if you’re not sure what the problem is, as part of the repair we can include an air or water inspection to discover where all those annoying leaks are. Our service turnaround times are the fastest in the business with most people having their boats back in only a few days and if you’ve purchased your boat from us you’ll receive priority in the queue.

We take pride in what we do and we’re prepared to back it up so all of our work is fully guaranteed for your piece of mind. We repair either Polymer or Hypalon boats, everything from a towable tube to a small roll-up tender or a 10m high performance tactical response vessel. So if it’s a small pin hole that requires a simple patch, a full transom rebuild or even a complete re-tube then you've found the people you need.

If you’re handy and into DIY we stock a large choice of fabrics, adhesives, solvents and spare parts. You can even purchase much of what you may need from our online store. If you have a question or need more assistance there’s no problem! All our staff are accredited and factory trained in the latest production and repair techniques. We can offer easy to follow “how to” advice and help you with the selection of the correct materials to get the job done right the first time. So no matter how big or small the problem is, turn to the people the rest of the marine industry rely on for expert advice. For more info email us, give us a call or drop by the store with your boat today.

Note - If you need a complete re-tube we require your old tubes as a pattern

PVC Repair Instructions

To complete the repair you will need –

Adhesive, masking tape, scissors, pencil, small paint brush, mixing pot, acetone, clean rag, hot air gun or hair dryer, spoon

  1. Cut patch to appropriate size and round off corners. The patch should cover the hole by at least 25mm in every direction
  2. Use a pencil to trace the patch on the surface of the boat
  3. Tape around the outside of the pencil line using masking tape
  4. Clean all surfaces with acetone
  5. Mix the hardener to the adhesive. For example mix all the hardener when using the whole tin and half the hardener when using half the tin and so on (follow the manufacturer’s instruction when mixing Zodiac adhesive)
  6. Apply a thin coat of adhesive to the boat and the patch
  7. Leave the adhesive for 10 to 15 minutes and then apply a second coat
  8. Wait another 5 to 10 minutes and then heat all surfaces with a hairdryer or hot air gun to reactivate the adhesive
  9. Carefully apply the patch and rub into position with any hard item a spoon is a good option
  10. Remove the masking tape and clean any excess with acetone
  • You should not attempt to repair the boat in direct sunlight or in humid conditions
  • For best results leave the boat deflated for 24hrs you could partially inflate the boat after 3 hours in an emergency
  • We recommend the boat be inspected professionally if the cut is larger than 60mm or structurally affected

 

Rubber Repair Instructions

To complete the repair you will need –

Adhesive, masking tape, scissors, pencil, course sand paper, small paint brush, mixing pot, acetone, clean rag, hot air gun or hair dryer, spoon

  1. Cut patch to appropriate size and round off corners. The patch should cover the hole by at least 25mm in every direction
  2. Use a pencil to trace the patch on the surface of the boat
  3. Tape around the outside of the pencil line using masking tape
  4. Roughen all surfaces well with sand paper
  5. Clean all surfaces with acetone
  6. Mix the hardener to the adhesive. For example mix all the hardener when using the whole tin and half the hardener when using half the tin and so on (for Super Boat mix half the bottle of hardener to the whole tube). Apply a thin coat to the boat and the patch
  7. Leave the adhesive for 15 to 30 minutes and then apply a second coat
  8. Wait another 5 to 10 minutes and then heat all surfaces with a hairdryer or hot air gun to ensure the surface is dry
  9. Carefully apply the patch and rub into position with any hard item a spoon is a good option
  10. Remove the masking tape and clean any excess with acetone
  • You should not attempt to repair the boat in direct sunlight or in humid conditions
  • For best results leave the boat deflated for 24hrs you could partially inflate the boat after 3 hours in an emergency
  • We recommend the boat be inspected professionally if the cut is larger than 60mm or structurally affected