how to stop leaks

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how to stop leaks

Postby mlc11_17 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:14 pm

anyone know a good way to stop a rivited hull from leaking. its leaking through the rivits im guessing because we backed to up in the yard the other day and set the back of the boat on blocks and pulled the trailer not quiet all the way out then ran water into the hull and it looked like it was rainingunder the boat. would putting marine silicone over the rivits stop this or at least slow it down? what about a new slick bottom because its about worn out?
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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby Billybob8 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:34 pm

Caulk!

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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby Billybob8 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:37 pm

You mean poly? Use bolts less hassel except sucks walking on it. Fiberglass or aluminum?

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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby froggigger1 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:25 am

is it possibly to re-buck rivets?

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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby chuckitt@earthlink.net » Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:40 am

Apply Steelflex on the bottom. Thats what it was designed for.
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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby greg226 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:41 am

I agree with Froggigger. You need to rebuck the rivets if you can.

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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby hogdoggin » Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:07 pm

Most of the riveted hulls are seamed in the middle if you run it after the slick bottom is wore out you may of wore the bottom out making the metal to thin to hold. Hope thats not your case check the center of the boat out should be seamed wear the middle T-bar is.

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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby Ford » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:17 pm

rebuck the rivets in the poly
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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby mlc11_17 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:47 pm

would riveting poly on help any because it has frog spitt on it now but its just about worn out. i prefer havin poly tho because it last longer and it serves as another protection layer
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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby mlc11_17 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:51 pm

how hard would puttin poly on be with it being a deckover sled. the highest part of the hull might be 12 inches
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Re: how to stop leaks

Postby boobidges » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:53 pm

you will have to pull the deck off unless you know someone reeeeeeeeeeeeeel skinny.and that probly won't fix your leak(s).when the water was running out could you see where from?rivets will loosen up over time,likewise if you have electrolosis you could have it around rivets loosening them up.has the boat had poly before?if it did how were the holes fixed.start with trying to see where its coming from first.steel flex will fix a lot of leaks.and don't try to put it on the inside,that doesnt work either.gud luck


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