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Types of Fabric
(not all boats or fabrics are listed here but these are many popular ones)
PVC or Zodiac® Strongan
Bombard, Metzeler from 1989 on, Serié 1, Sevylor; Quicksilver;
West Marine (blue), ZED; Zodiac, others
Hypalon or Hypalon/Neoprene Fabric
Avon, Achilles, Boat/US, Sea Rogue, West Marine (red or gray boats),
Metzeler before 1989, Zodiac Hurricane, some older Zodiacs.
Is myBoat PVC or Hypalon Fabric
For the novice it is not obvious at first. But with a few tips you can become quite good at making the distinction. Here is a good attempt to answer this.
- Seams on hypalon boats are glued. They appear much flatter in profile than PVC boats. The seams are simply overlapped and glued. Check around the seams and you will most likely see traces of excess glue that has seeped out. Hypalon boat manufacturers use a ‘contact cement’ type of glue in their seams. PVCs are not glued.
- Seams on PVC boats are heat welded. They are ‘thicker’ in profile than Hypalon boats. Often the seams are covered with a strip of material which makes it difficult to see the heat welded seam. But look around to other areas of the boat and you will most likely identify the heat welded seams.
- UV damage on PVC fabric appears brownish and often sticky to the touch.
Find a small area on the boat that is hidden from view and apply a small amount of Acetone or Xylene on a rag and rub the test area. If area becomes sticky, if the top color rubs or runs, then the material is most likely PVC.
If your chandlery or marina cannot identify the material, search the web for the boat manufacturers site. They will often carry technical specs that identify the material used to manufacture your boat.
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