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How to fix my boat??

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by protechk5, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. protechk5

    protechk5 1/2 ton status

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    I just got a old john boat with a new Nissan 9.8. The motor is sweet but the boat sucks. The whole boat is held together by rivets which keeps poping out, so then theres holes in the boat. I swear Ill patch them but the trailer ride to the water, like 3 more will pop out. So does anyone know the right way to fit them? Should I just get a rivet gun and rivet it and seal it at the same time? I never used a rivet gun before, but dont the rivet guns like at home depot use the rivets with the holes in the center? Someone help me, I spend more time pouring water out than I do fishing.
     
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    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    If you get the right rivet gun one thats used with an air compressor you should be fine. You can rent them from any heavy equipment store. But you will need two people, one to hit the rivet on the outside with the gun, the other on the inside to hold a hammer or big piece of metal. Did that and it worked just great on my dads 18' aluminum boat
     
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    ok cool, did you use any sealant with that? or was the rivet enough to keep the water out.
     
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    you will probably need to seal it, I have always had to so now I just put silocone over the rivit head whenever I work on a john boat or canoe
     
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    Yeah we went back over on the ones that still leaked, but they never were as bad as it was before the rivit gun.
     
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    Unfortunately, old jon boats do leak so you are not alone. I mean its not that your boat "sucks". If you tighten the rivets you should be fine. A good 14ft. jon boat these days is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
     
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    Im assuming its aluminum? if so .. tig time,, done forever
     
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    Yeah no it doesnt suck, with a bit of work it will be a good boat.
     
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    Yeah hopefully I can try to get one of my friends to do that for me.
     
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    Fix it like you fix all boat problems, take large buckets of dollar bills and pour into it until you either get it watertight or sell it.:D
     
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    have the inside spray lined.seals it and will help lock the rivets inplce to keep them from vibrating.
     
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    Yeah I was thinking of doing that, but with the black it migh get pretty hot in the sun.
     
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    If I may;
    try using aircraft grade rivets, you'll need a rivet gun and a dolly,before you install, paint each hole and rivet, with B2 aircraft sealer, this stuff iz da chit! will never leak again and never come loose!
     
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    BOAT means :

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    Get a bilge pump, or if you are on a budget a old soup can will work.:D
     
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    Alright well i just got a rivet gun, and then went to a boat store and they gave me some stuff by 3M, they said its the best thing, but it takes freakin 7 days to dry!
     

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