How To Fix A Possible Leak in a Porta-Bote Genesis Series
1- How To Test: With boat opened and raised on a rock or table, rear
seat plus transom inserted, pour a gallon of water into rear of boat
and tip the rear of hull downward so water is exposed to rear seams.
Watch where water comes out. If it really does leak, it will be the
end of the center seam at the bottom of the boat (keel tubing).
2- How To Fix: With boat open, rear seat inserted. Insert transom
(but, not all the way down to bottom of hull). Stand outside hull.
Insert 3M 5200 Adhesive (available at Home Depot, West Marine,
etc. into outside rear seam at the very end of the exposed center
hinge. This is where the black neoprene “Y” shaped gasket is
exposed and where any water can come in. Squeeze the tube
so that enough finds its way into the hinge.
Now, from the inside hull do the same at the very bottom rear
center where the seal is exposed. Lift up the black seal, clean
under it with alcohol and squeeze the sealant under the seal
on both sides of the hinge.
3- Important: Wait 5 full days for the 3M 5200 to cure before you
attempt to fold up the hull. After this time, rerun the same “leak test”.
This material expands up to 900% and will permanently seal the