We've moved about 700 yards from our anchorage in the Elizabeth River to the dock and Waterside. From 36°50.61′N 076°17.93′W to 36°50.63′N 076°17.49′W.
Why spend money for a dock when anchoring is (largely) free?
Scout. Red Ranger's trusted assistant. Our dinghy.
It's not easy to see, but the patch is wrinkly. Because air is pushed underneath it. We did two coats of adhesive. We waited for it to get tacky. We mashed the living crap out of it. It's awkward mashing things together on the small, curved space available on the foredeck. We were able to position the hole over the forward hatch, giving us a solid, flat place to work.
It didn't work out well.
Jeremy of Lighthouse Inflatables told us that the adhesives take 24 to 48 hours — out of the direct sun — to set up.
Waiting just overnight (12-14 hours) wasn't adequate. Got it. Lesson learned.
What he's got to do is use MEK to dissolve the adhesive and peel off the patch. Then buff the rest of the adhesive away using a Dremel tool with a buffing pad. Then try again to apply the big-old patch over the big-old hole.
Only this time, he'll give it 48 hours to set up in a controlled indoor environment with no possibility of rain or direct sun.
Hopefully, we'll have Scout back by Red Ranger's side in a week.
How did the hole get there? Scout got wedged under a dock by the rising tide.