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Advice on patch job

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:19 pm
by pshinnyc
Hi. Hoping for some opinions. I'm looking to buy a Dagger Atom off Craigslist. The seller sent me the attached photo showing a patch job in the middle of the bottom of the hull. Seller claims it has been used in rivers subsequent to the patch with no issue. Should I be concerned enough not to go ahead with purchase?
Atom patch job.jpeg

Re: Advice on patch job

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:37 pm
by Roy
Is that a plastic-welding job, or what? Done by something of a professional...or, Billy-Bob with a soldering iron and a milk jug?

Probably a pretty old boat...I think age makes patches more sketch. I would say, the patch, in the best case, should reduce the price of the boat noticeably.


Re: Advice on patch job

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:14 pm
by clt_capt
Carry a roll of duct tape

Re: Advice on patch job

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:01 pm
by jfkoeppe
This may not be helpful, but ClassFive canoes can build you a composite Atom. Maybe you're not looking to spend that type of money, but the price is reasonable - and the boat will come in around 26-27 lbs as opposed to (I think) 48 or 49 for a plastic Atom. My wife and I have composite Atoms. They're well built and we like them.