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Recycling A Kayak?

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I have kayak that I've punched an irreparable hole in.  I have welded it repeatedly, but it always fills with water before the end of my float.

 

I just bought another kayak, and want to get rid of the busted boat.

 

I'm going to check with the local recycling centers, but I'm certain that I'm SOL with those guys.  I may try the Winston-Salem recycling center as it's much bigger than my county's, but being a non-resident of Forsyth county, I may have to pay a fee in order to use their facility...if they'll take it at all.  I'm not paying a fee to do the right thing for the environment.

 

Any suggestions?

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Patrick, It may be a little bit of trouble or more time consuming than anything, But why not cut up into smaller pieces and then take it to the recycling center. I did this one time with a 14ft. fiberglass boat. I cut it up with a reciprocating saw and it fit neatly on the back of my truck. The guys at the recycling center had no idea it was a boat. They actually helped me unload it.

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Do you know what kind of plastic the yak is made of? If its ABS you may be able to make a formed patch with a solvent glue. Not your 'A' yak, but certainly good enough if you want to take a buddy with you to a small pond outing if he'll wear his life jacket like he should. If its one of the harder to glue plastics there are ways to make a sealed mechanical patch if you can get to both sides.

Edited by Bob La Londe

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put some cinder blocks or bricks in it and sink it on your favorite lake..  come back next year and catch fish off it..

 

This sounds OK on the surface, but it's actually illegal to do this in most states.

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Some auto body shops have plastic welders for repairing plastic parts on bumpers, fenders and grills etc. I remember there being about half a dozen different type of plastics that you had to have plastic rods to match each type of plastic. Kind of like melting your rubber baits back together after they get chewed up. Musky Glenn

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If HDPE then there is no current solvent glue that will make the repair.  They can be patched using hot air welding.  In fact that is the way the seams (if any) were joined to begin with.   Also, a mechanical repair (as I originally suggested) will also work.  A patch, marine sealant, and lots of closed end rivets with backing washers.     Not pretty, but it will hold out water.  

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It would cut up easy with a grinder and a cutting wheel.

Then put in trash bags and put it out a bit at a time with your trash.

Not hard at all.

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