I broke my RapidUp Sail!

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Joan
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I broke my RapidUp Sail!

Post by Joan » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:35 pm

Sigh. It was the worst sound when it snapped. I knew exactly what it was. I about cried! Can it be repaired?

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Post by sonar » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:22 pm

OOPPPS Sorry to hear something like this.
But do not dispair

It may be possible to repair.

Firstly you have to see if your able to find a small pocket like slit that the pole was inserted into.
It may even be an overlap of material on the outside edge .

You will have to fully open the sail to do this.

Extract the rod fully and post a picture of the broken section.
Also the dia size of the pole . And the total length.

We will take a look that way we will be able to see how this can be repaired.

I am sure I have seen another posting somewhere with the same problem.

Do the sails not come with some sort of waranty.? Like the Kayaks.

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Post by Joan » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:32 am

Sonar to the rescue!!!

Of course the broken spot is on the complete opposite side from where the fabric overlaps! Can I just clip the threads where the break is and take it out there? And why do I need to take the whole pole out? I can't imagine putting it back in will be easy!

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Post by sonar » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:04 am

If you need to form another opening that should be o.k.
You will however have to stitch it up again as this will be a weak spot when the pole is once again inserted and the sail is fully expanded.

It would be best sewn by hand and with a strong polyester cotton.

you need to remove the whole pole the break may be a long stringy type break.
In witch case we can either repair it or renew it.

Over a long stringy break a section would have to be removed and the same size length replaced. thats if it is possible to do.

So when removed the total lenght will be required.
You may find a joint this could be plastic./ glassfibre/ Or an alloy connection.
A little like a small sleave that would have made the rod a circle.

The dia size will also give a few options on what to do.

Glassfibre rods seldom if ever have a clean break.

hence asking for a photo.

Getting it back in again will be NO problem Theres a way to do it.

I can explain it as we go.

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Post by Joan » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:14 am

OK...The break is 5.5cm from where it slides into the metal joiner.

Check the photos. They are in the reverse order I took them. When I took the first one, I didn't realize the joiner was there until I took out several more stitches.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40112242@N ... hotostream

The diameter appears to be 4mm.

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Post by sonar » Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:50 pm

Seen the pictures.

You will now have to remove the broken part from the metal sleeve.

And set to one side. hold the metal with a pair of grips and slowly twist the fibreglass pole till it comes apart.

Now Mark a line on the longest broken side thats the side that did NOT have the metal on it. approx 50mm past the sign of any damage.

Cut the broken part off the long section with a jnr Hacksaw or even a hacksaw blade or a saw with very fine teeth.

Now you will have the section that you pulled out of the metal and the section you have just cut off.

Place the two broken sections together as best you can and get the size when temp joined together.

4mm is used as that when folded down should make quite a small coil.

I have used 6mm for my sail but it will only coil down to two loops.

Just seen the post below
Now sorted.
Last edited by sonar on Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:55 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by rsimpson » Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:53 pm

Joan, please contact customer service. We will send you a new one.

info@advancedelements.com

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