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Leaking boat
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Jim    Posted 05-02-2002 at 20:02:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Finaly retired at the age of 67 and bought a 16 foot alumium fishing boat. Leaks like a seive. Filled the boat with water and found about six places where it is leaking around the rivets. Any of you old fisherman got and quite fixs? Got a false bottom and getting too the rivets would be a hard job. Thanks

kraig WY    Posted 05-03-2002 at 07:42:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use to run rivers with a twenty foot alumium boat with a jet motor. Hit rocks all the time putting holes in the boat. I use to use what I believe was call liquid alumium (it was a while ago). Sand the area and put this on thick. When it sets up you could drill and tap it. Pretty cheap, couple bucks for a tube. No mixing just spread it on. Got it at autopart stores. I never had a leak reapear where I applied this stuff.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-03-2002 at 05:52:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pull the false bottom and peen EVERY rivit.
Have a helper hold a 10 pound sledge firmly against the outside head of the rivit and from the inside peen with a good whack from a 5 pound sledge.
Have doen this to 3 boats from 12-16 feet.
None have leaked since and one is going on 30 years...

GusandEdie    Posted 05-03-2002 at 05:50:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
JB weld is the solution, I promise.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-03-2002 at 04:52:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Jim,
I had a similar problem and finally removed the false bottom, re-shot the rivets and put it back.(not too bad a job) Rivets don't make them waterproof anyway - the factories use a bead of sealant for that. then they usually paint on some rubbery traction coating that insures the seal. So i just drilled some rows clear out and sealed them with RTV first. You can't tighten a rivet unless you buck the other side. and rivets can start wearing after they buzz around awhile. if it's leaking AT the rivets, i'd try replacing a few with a gooped pop-rivet.

DHunter    Posted 05-03-2002 at 03:36:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jim, go to 'archives' and type in 'aluminum boat'. There is a thread that appeared on this forum a while back. First click on the link below and see if it will get you there.

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