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Old 04-27-2010, 02:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was told a good thick coat of paint on the exterior should seal up most if not all leaks that are caused by loose rivits :/ Havnt ever tried it.. but sounds like a good idea :/ Guess it depends on how leaky it is LOL
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I've got a riveted aluminum boat and when I bought it the seller told me that any riveted boat will weep a little. He had painted the outside, and installed a small bilge pump and it works fine. Since I was expecting it, a little water is no big deal. I did use some epoxy on a couple of the rivets that looked a little loose and that did seem to help.

Recently got a great deal on a fiberglass boat from a buddy. He'd had it for years without leaks but it had started weeping so he wanted to get rid of it. I found some scratched areas and tiny holes that I patched; also installed a bilge pump and now I feel a whole lot safer! I did some research and it turns out that boats sink because they fill up with water (guess that's not too complicated a concept is it) and that it is recommended that all boats have a bilge pump, even if they "don't leak."
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Before I bought my boat in 2007 I did a bunch of research. Of course riveted Aluminum boats have been around a long time, and as the other guys say - if you get a leak they can be easily repaired.

Welded Aluminum boats can be equally reliable, but are tough/expensive to repair. If you happen to get a boat that was not properly welded at the factory, then you might be completely screwed (some of the manufacturers apparently do not stand behind their products). If you can manage to get the weld fixed, the repair might make a mess out of the hull. There are many horror stories on the web...

While the probability of getting a bad hull is small, I wasn't willing risk thousands of $$$ on a welded boat, so I bought a riveted one from a reputable company. I am very happy with my purchase - I've spent a couple thousand hours on the water in all kinds of conditions and it doesn't leak a drop.

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