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Aluminum boat help
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Brian    Posted 04-14-2002 at 11:54:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a a 14' aluminum row boat that seems to have a leak. I just bought it and haven't actually had it in the water yet. I know the guy I bought it from and he said his son had it out fishing and it leaked some while sitting still but as soon as the motor started to move the boat more came in. is there a way to seal up the seams on these boats? Thanks in advance, Brian

Chip    Posted 04-17-2002 at 09:18:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've repaired several, using a product called GLU-VIT. It's a two part epoxy that you can use to seal seams and rivets. When it hardens it wears like iron. Can be found in marine stores.

kraig WY    Posted 04-14-2002 at 19:37:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I use to run aluminum boats on a river with lots of rocks & such. I kept knocking leaks in the thing. I don't remember the name, something like liquid aluminum. Got it at a auto parts store. Anyway sand the area that leaks. Put this stuff on thick. Let dry (several hours) then sand it down smooth. Worked every time,even in rough water. Never developed a leak in the same place. You can even drill and tap it. Repaired Alumimum ore locks. Cheap, a couple bucks. Comes in tube.

JoeK    Posted 04-14-2002 at 12:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
First put it up on sawhorses,and put some water inside to determine where and what the leaks consist of.If the leaks are at a riveted joint and fairly small,sometimes re-peening the rivets will cure it.Cracks/splits/holes in the aluminum itself can be welded with a MIG or TIG welder or a patch welded on,Also Bass Pro and/or Cabelas sell a hot glue type repair stick kit which I understand works somewhat like soldering.About the only time an aluminum boat is not worth fixing is when the repairs outcost the boat or the aluminum itself is worn or corroded away to paper thin over a large area.Water proof "pop" rivets are also available for boat repair.

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