Kayak – failed repair

Who repaired it?

I did

How long did the repair take?


How much did it cost?

I was unable to repair this kayak myself and could not find anyone with the expertise in Ireland, mainly because people are too busy and it’s too complicated a job.

How was the object repaired?

I bought a kit to repair it myself, but it takes a lot of time to repair and time to research enough to get the confidence to repair it. The kit contains carbon fibre cloth, polyester resin, sandpaper, gel coat – also need scissors and a hair dryer and knife.

Why did you repair the object?

I want to repair the kayak because it is a very expensive item (€2200 second hand).

Why do you think it is important to repair things?

A new kayak will be very expensive

What would be important to you to be included in a Repair Declaration for Ireland?

Create college courses on repair of sports equipment

What actions do you think could help Westmeath achieve a vibrant repair culture?

Need more people that are skilled in repair in each county – link to employment schemes.