Hi, after reading all I could on the subject of thigh straps in a packraft and studying Roman’s video carefully I went ahead and ordered Stabond Glue and patches and thigh straps from NRS. BTW shipping of the glue alone cost over 100$.
I followed the instructions closely and both times failed. I let cure 72hours each time (boat inflated). Once the curing period was over, I deflated the boat, rolled it up and off to my watering hole. The first time I was able to peel all 4 patches off using my bare hands. The second time with a little more glue and heat the patches seem to adhere a little better but the forward patch is already peeling on one side. I can’t trust faulty patches like this if I’m going to be upside down in the water.
I’m pretty fed up and am almost ready to sell my raft in favour of a feathercraft that comes thigh strap ready (from what I understand).
Does anybody have any tips and tricks that they used to install patches in a foolproof manner? I have to do it at home, since I live in a fairly rural area…so no luxury of going to an inflatable boat shop nearby for help.
Thanks for your time,