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    I recently had a zipper failure on an AIRE jaguarundi, which is a 16 foot cataraft. About 6 feet of the zipper failed on the first day of a 5 day trip. I was not able to move the zipper much at all. We held the boat together with tape and straps and added some straps and a tarp on the inside to protect the bladder.

    Anyone else had trouble with a zipper? Could you get it repaired or did you have to replace it?

    Appreciate hearing about other experiences. I can get a new zipper at AIRE for about $250, but the shipping is going to be a lot.

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    Is it over 10 years old? AIRE has a very good warranty for the first decade.
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    Alaska Tent and Tarp or any place that makes canvas tops for boats would be my attempts.

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    If the boat is out of warranty, you might ask AIRE to ship the new zipper and have it sewn in by an upholstery shop. Make sure they're using the same thread AIRE uses and you should be fine.

    If it's covered under warranty, the zipper should be free. They might even cover local installation costs. Shipping the tube to them is costly.

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    Mine also failed on my Jag a couple years ago. I took it to AK Raft and Kayak and they fixed it for free under warranty and I didn't buy it from them--it was a Craigslist deal. Had it back in less than a week too. Good Guys!!

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    Glacier silt from the rivers really gums up the zippers. I keep a small stiff bristle brush and a travel bottle of Pert shampoo in my dry box. Prior to unzipping for any reason...I'd recommend spending a few minutes working the entire zipper over with soap,water and brush to clean and lubricate it.

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