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Old 04-26-2010, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for my first boat. I have found what looks to be a good deal on a 17 foot riveted Deep V . I know that welded hulls are better, but they are also much more money. I can get this boat at less than half what a similar welded hull boat would cost.

It's a little older, but in good condition. Is this something I should be leary of? Or would this be a good boat to start with?

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I'm looking for my first boat. I have found what looks to be a good deal on a 17 foot riveted Deep V . I know that welded hulls are better, but they are also much more money. I can get this boat at less than half what a similar welded hull boat would cost.

It's a little older, but in good condition. Is this something I should be leary of? Or would this be a good boat to start with?

Thanks
I would not say welded is better, welding on Aluminium make the metal around the wled brittle and supject to cracking, thoose northwest jet boats use heavy gauge metal but some of the other welding boats are not real heavy guage. What brand of Boat you looking at? look at the rivets, if there are loose ones you can see it, allot of loose rivets indicates a rough life and leaking.....
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i have a 1976 starcraft that is riveted and she doesn't leak a drop...
and... she's for sale by the way
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I'm looking for my first boat. I have found what looks to be a good deal on a 17 foot riveted Deep V . I know that welded hulls are better, but they are also much more money. I can get this boat at less than half what a similar welded hull boat would cost.

It's a little older, but in good condition. Is this something I should be leary of? Or would this be a good boat to start with?

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I would not say welded is better, welding on Aluminium make the metal around the wled brittle and supject to cracking, thoose northwest jet boats use heavy gauge metal but some of the other welding boats are not real heavy guage. What brand of Boat you looking at? look at the rivets, if there are loose ones you can see it, allot of loose rivets indicates a rough life and leaking.....
Are these loose rivets repairable?
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Riveted hull is fine. My last boat was rivets and IF you hit something to make them leak they are repairable. I know this for a fact!
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Nothing wrong with a riveted boat...If (when) you buy one have the seller fill it with water and you'l be able to see most leaks...If the concern you just smear some jb weld or some epoxy on the bottom side...
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my boat is riveted, it is a 93 and has had a hard life, about 4to5 hundred miles per year on the water. it leaks water but not from rivets. it has 4 thru hull holes and several screw holes, some leak a little plus my livewells lap over the top in high speed operation. it takes about 4 days on the water to git enough to pump with the bildge pump. i dont like welded hulls because of the possable cracking of seams riveted is easy to repair if need be
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Don't forget that airplanes are riveted together as well!
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Never had a welded boat. But I have fished out of riveted ones forever, and never had a problem with them.

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Have owned both, never had a problem with any of them. This is more of a Ford vs. Chevy type discussion...buy what works for you.
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